Heat Transfer Tips
- Buy the heat transfer papers your customers/client prefer….don’t buy what you like. You’ll sell more if you cater to your customers.
- Sample packs are a great way to try out our papers. Our “Kitchen Sink” sample pack contains 5 sheets of 3 of our most popular heat transfer papers.
Wash and Care
- All heat transfer papers should be washed the same way. Turn the shirt inside out, was in cold water with no bleach on a gentle. Remove near end of spin cycle.
- Don’t wash with other items
- Wash with cold water. Hot water fades the images
- Gentle cycle only
- Don’t wash too long
- Don’t dry too long
- Gildan makes great durable shirts which are perfect for heat transfers
- Get a local supplier for those times you have a rush order and a web based supplier won’t help
- Always keep a stock of paper…spending money for a rush order of paper kills your margins
- Make sample of all the product you want to sell. People need to see things to want to buy them
Making the Shirts
- Test all shirts before committing to buying a lot of them. Some fabrics don’t work well with heat transfer papers and you don’t want to be stuck with them.
- Let all heat transfer prints dry for a few minutes. This is very important if you have a lot of dark colors.
- Stretching your shirt before pressing will reduce cracking and peeling
- Heat and pressure are key. Peelng is a sign you need more pressure.
- A paper cutter makes trimming so much easier. Most transfer will benefit from trimming before applying to give the shirt a more screen printed look.
- Printers do not print white. You must design your images with this in mind. Use the paper as the white areas or do the white in off white so it does print.
- When doing lettering, matte the letters on a graphic. When you do this, you don’t have to trim it.
- Use a potholder to hold down the hot shirt.
- Using a professional cutter is almost always better than hand cutting. Using a razor or box cutter puls and stretches the transfer. A cutter does not.
- Tear a corner of the backing paper to aid you in getting peeling it off before transferring
Storing Heat Transfer Paper
- Keep transfer paper in the plastic sleeve it came in when not being used. Keep away from air conditioners and and off the floor.
- Shirts should be moisture free before pressing. Press your shirt for about 5 seconds before pressing to ensure all the moisture is dried up.
- Make sure your customers receive detailed instructions for pressing and washing with each purchase. Make sure they are prominently packaged and won’t be overlooked.
- Don’t wash transfers for 24 hours. Let the transfer rest for a day.
- A teflon cover on your press is an invaluable aid, It prevents ink and adhesive from building up on your press.
- Never leave a press unattended. They are generally safe but they are still hot and potentially dangerous