Changing Out Your DTF Inks the Right Way


Hello again! Welcome back to Transfer Superstars! Are you looking to change out your DTF inks but not sure how to do it properly? Don't worry, we've got you covered! In this article, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of changing your DTF inks the right way, ensuring that your heat press and DTF transfer process goes smoothly.


Why Change Your DTF Inks?

Before we dive into the process, let's talk about why you might need to change your DTF inks. Over time, your inks can become clogged or contaminated, leading to poor print quality and inconsistent results. By changing your inks regularly, you can ensure that your DTF printing process remains top-notch.

What You'll Need

To change your DTF inks, you'll need the following supplies:

  • A syringe
  • A plastic bottle or leftover bottle to catch waste ink
  • Your new water-based inks (we recommend DTFPRO inks)
  • A microfiber towel

Step-by-Step Guide

  1. Turn off your machine: Before you start, make sure to turn off your machine to avoid frying any chips if you accidentally get ink on the boards.
  2. Cap off the damper: Identify the damper that you'll be changing (in this case, the black ink) and cap it off.
  3. Remove the damper: Gently remove the damper and keep a microfiber towel handy to catch any ink splatters.
  4. Drain the ink tank: Uncap the hose and use a syringe to slowly drain the black ink out of the tank. Make sure to lift the syringe and put it on the side to avoid any ink flowing out.
  5. Add new ink: Once the tank is completely drained, add your new DTFPRO ink. Make sure to shake the ink well before opening the seal and pouring it in.
  6. Prime the damper: Take out the damper again and unclip the ink line. Use the syringe to slowly pull the ink until it draws all the way through. Place the ink damper upside down to fill it up completely without any bubbles.
  7. Secure the damper: Once the damper is completely full with black ink and there are no more bubbles, clean off the tip and secure it back in place.
  8. Run ink cycles and test prints: Run a couple of ink cycles and do some test prints to ensure that your heat transfer process is working properly.


    Changing out your DTF inks may seem like a daunting task, but with the right supplies and a step-by-step guide, it's actually quite simple. By following these steps and using high-quality inks like DTFPRO, you can ensure that your DTF printing process remains top-notch and produces consistent, high-quality results.

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