Tips & FAQs

Usage Tips

To get the best possible print results on cotton and cotton-blend shirts, we recommend you heat-press the shirts right before printing them, as follows:

  • Temperature: Max. 330F
  • Pressure: 80+PSI
  • Time: 20 seconds

Then, once printed, simply cure the ink according to your ink manufacturer's specifications. 

We recommend you cure the printed shirt based on your ink manufacturer's specifications.

Product & Process Information

Yes! If you'd like us to pretreat a style or color of shirt that's not on our website, simply let us know.

Yes - we offer custom pretreating services. You can either send us garments directly, or have them shipped to us from your favorite vendor.

Simply contact us and we'll get you started with a quote.

Our pricing guideline for custom-pretreating services is currently structured as follows*:

100% Cotton and Cotton-Blend T-Shirts

  • $2.50 per size S-XL 
  • $3.50 per size 2XL
  • $4.50 per size 3XL-5XL

100% Cotton and Cotton-Blend Long Sleeve T-Shirts

  • $3.00 per size S-XL 
  • $4.00 per size 2XL
  • $5.00 per size 3XL-5XL

Sweaters & Hoodies

  • $6.50 per size S-XL
  • $8.50 per size 2XL
  • $10.50 per size 3XL-5XL

100% Cotton and Cotton-Blend Polos

  • $3.25 per size S-XL 
  • $4.25 per size 2XL
  • $5.25 per size 3XL-5XL

*Pricing can vary based on the style of garment and overall order-size. Additional shipping and handling charges may apply. Pricing & conditions are subject to change without notice.

CheaterTee uses a customized formulations of FIREBIRD pretreatments, that have been adjusted to allow for optimal usage in our FIREBIRD Industrial Processing systems.

Depending on your order, we will pretreat our 100% Cotton and Cotton-Blend garments as follows:


  • Colored garments are pretreated using a variant of CheaterTreat.


Yes, all garments we carry are fully pretreated, inside and out. Simply heat press them and they are DTG ready!

Since we pretreat the entire garment using a fully-immersive process, you may notice a slight increase in weight, in comparison to an identical style shirt that is not pretreated. We've found in our product testing, that a close to original garment feeling can be restored, when the fully pretreated shirt is washed before wearing, by the end-user.

Orders typically ship out within 3-5 business days of being placed.

If you require an expedited handling or would like to upgrade your shipping speed, please contact us