Needing help in application? We are here to help! Here are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you need any further help feel free to contact us via the contact form.
Heat Transfer Vinyl Help
Which do you recommend for application, a home iron, easy press or a heat press?
HTV requires a combination of 3 main things, heat, time and pressure.
- Home iron: Applying HTV with a home iron requires a little more testing than an easy press or heat press. As it doesn’t have an exact temperature screen or timer we recommend doing a test on a piece of fabric prior to commencing production of your final product. Also remember to add pressure when applying and do not move the iron around while pressing. A home iron is a cheap option and handy for application of smaller items.
- Easy press: An easy press gives you the ability to set the application time and temperature. Simply set the time and temperate and press. It does however rely on the user applying adequate pressure. The easy press is a neat compact design which is great if you need to transport it or you are short on space.
- Heat press: The use of a heat press eliminates the guess work. On a heat press you can set the time, temperature and pressure. Although large and heavy, the ability to set the pressure as well as the heat and time helps you perfect your application time and time again.
When applied correctly the vinyl will generally outlast the fabric. We only sell quality certified products which are safe to use on children clothing.
I’ve applied my HTV but its peeled after washing. Help!
HTV is a vinyl film which is applied using a combination of heat, time and pressure. Check the product description to ensure the correct time and temperature has been applied. HTV also requires pressure to ensure it can adequately bond to the garment/item. HTV can be repressed. Cover your HTV with a Teflon sheet or backing paper and repress for the fill time and temperature required.
Before applying your design, press your garment for 2-3 seconds prior to application. This helps removes moisture which creates a stronger bond for HTV application.
Adhesive Vinyl Help
Why can’t I get my adhesive vinyl to stick?
Make sure the surface to which your applying is clean and dry. We recommend cleaning the surface with isopropyl alcohol prior to application. Ensure not to touch the surface after cleaning. Oil from fingerprints can interfere with adhesion. Also allow 24-48 hours for the vinyl to achieve maximum adhesion.
Why won’t the transfer tape pick up my design?
- When applying the transfer tape, make sure the surface of the vinyl is clean. Oil from fingerprints can interfere with the application tape. Use a scraper/ squeegee to barnish the design.
- Always remove the backing paper away from the vinyl. Flip your design over so the application tape is facing the desk. Peel the backing paper away from the vinyl rather than pulling the application tape upwards.
- Check your cut. If your vinyl cut is too deep it can push the vinyl into the cut grove of the backing paper. This causes it to grab to the backing paper making it harder for the application tape to pick up the vinyl. The aim is to achieve a kiss cut where only the vinyl is cut and the backing paper remains intact.
Feel free to contact us via the contact form if you need further help!