How to break in printed T-Shirts

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by Davidko19, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    In before the standard "Just wear it, phaggot noob".

    Some companies make super soft vintage T's that are new. Is there a good at-home process to break in standard (non-sf approved) printed T's without having to wear them ALL the time just to get it to a good point? (Think sports team shirts)

    I read an article in Maxim a while ago about this and I currently do the sandpaper over the printed areas to break down the thickness of the silk screen, but dont remember the rest (something about baking soda I think in the wash to soften the fabric??)


    Anyone have general tips on breaking cotton T's in faster to promote softness (specific washer/dryer temps, detergents, etc...).
     


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    I read an article in Maxim a while ago


    seriously?
     


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    XenoX101 Senior member

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    Wash them frequently with hot water, soak them in hot water, dry them/hang them in the sun every chance you get, basically speed up the process in every way you possibly can. Sandpaper will probably do more to ruin the garment than give you the effect you are looking for (even just over the print, it's grinding the fabric like a cheese grater).
     


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    Robert Senior member

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    This is kind of a silly thread.
     


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    XenoX101 Senior member

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    No sillier than the all too common 'wut do I do fer awsum fadez', the whole raw denim thing is just as goofy to me.
     


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    Robert Senior member

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    Agree.
     


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    chowchow Senior member

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    i have heard that sodium carbonate (baking powder) actually works.
     


  8. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    seriously?

    Uh...yea? Is it that hard to believe that not everyone on here ONLY reads GQ and Vanity Fair?



    This is kind of a silly thread.

    Everyone knows that NOTHING is more comfortable than a nice, broken in t-shirt. The title CLEARLY tells you what Im asking - if you think its silly then dont read it.


    i have heard that sodium carbonate (baking powder) actually works.

    Do you know what the process is then? Was it adding to the wash or something like that? I vaguely remember reading about this but never thought much of it til now - when I actually have a new shirt that I dont want to look brand, cripsy new.
     


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    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    "Just wear it, phaggot noob."

    Sometimes you are your own best advice.
     


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    I pay a 12 year old Ethiopian boy to wear my shirts for a few years before wearing. Rice is strong currency right now.
     


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    I pay a 12 year old Ethiopian boy to wear my shirts for a few years before wearing. Rice is strong currency right now.

    lmfao. i thought i was the only one. haha but idk i would suggest just washing it repeatedly
     


  13. Davidko19

    Davidko19 Senior member

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    I pay a 12 year old Ethiopian boy to wear my shirts for a few years before wearing. Rice is strong currency right now.

    i usually wear a L - there is no way anythign bigger than a small will fit an ethiopian

    Maybe Ill give it to ghulkan and let him sweat the screen printing out (but then the smell... [​IMG] )
     


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