Laser Dark 2 Step Transfers – When marrying the 2 sheets together it is best to make sure your lower platen is hot. You can hover your press over it prior to printing or do a short press for 10 to 15 seconds with nothing in the heat press. Also once you do marry the 2 sheets together, peel them apart immediately on the press so they stay warm. This helps get a clean consistent peel and will make for a better transfer to the garment. Bonus – Don’t use a teflon cover sheet on the lower platen as that tends to reflect away the heat and can cause issues.
Shirt Type – Choosing the right shirt in Transfers, DTG and other decorating methods is actually important. Need to have a good surface for decoration bonding with both transfers and DTG. My current favorite is the Fruit of the Loom HD Product.
Removing the curl from transfer papers – Put it in a freezer for about 20 minutes before running it to remove the moisture from it that is causing the curl.
Inkjet or Laser Transfer Paper – Take the still warm shirt and give it a good stretch. It breaks up the polymers and helps with wash-ability and hand.
Direct to garment printing has come a long way since it first hit our industry as a decorating method that is here to stay back in 2004. There have been many highs and lows and today you have a lot of choices all of which fit certain business models. The down side is the relatively high investment cost of the equipment at first which means you must have a market in place to quick realize any return on investment. So how do you get into that market and not run your self out of business first? Heat Transfers is the answer Continue reading