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Inkjet T-Shirt Transfer Instructions

(these instructions are included with your inkjet transfer order)
Recommended Applications
For use with white or light colored backgrounds in polyester and/or cotton blends or 100% pre-shrunk cotton fabrics such as t-shirts, aprons, pillowcases, canvas bags, sweatshirts, caps, smocks, etc.  It can also be used with mouse pads, coasters, puzzles and other specialty items.  T-shirt transfer paper can be applied to wood too (without the steam setting.) 

Imaging

  • Separate paper by fanning as you would regular bond paper.

  • Position paper in printer to print on the coated side (do not print on the side with the line or lines on it.)

  • Most printers have a "mirror for transfer paper" mode, use this setting when you are ready to print. If your printer setup does not have this option, by sure to "mirror" or flip horizontally all images you want to print on the transfer paper. Some experimentation may be needed to achieve the best results.

  • If you are unsure of the layout, try printing on regular paper before printing on your transfer paper.

  • Output via computer interface to printer.

Note: Some inkjet printers may require that you print at 300 dpi or less.  High density printing might cause images to be distorted and darker than desired after the transfer.

Note: Let ink jet transfers dry thoroughly before handling.  DO NOT stack printed inkjet transfers.  If printing multiple copies, remove prints immediately and separate so that  they may dry.

 

Pressing With A Household Iron
 

  • Cut away blank, unprinted area of transfer. **TIP: When cutting away the blank area of transfer leave a "pull tag" which you will not iron.  After ironing the image use the "pull tag" to lift the transfer backing off the surface.

  • Pre-heat "dry" iron for 5 minutes on cotton setting. (Many instructions say the highest setting, but cotton seems to work well.) Do Not Use Steam or Spray!

  • Do not use an ironing board as they are usually not study enough.  Create an ironing surface by finding a smooth, sturdy and heat resistant area to place a folded pillow case or thick material (muslin). Be certain that whatever type of material you have chosen is wrinkle, crease and moisture free.

  • Make certain that the surface you are transferring to is wrinkle, crease and moisture free.

  • Place the garment (or whatever item you are transferring to) onto the pillowcase, centering area to be transferred directly over the pillowcase.

  • Place the inkjet transfer (image side down) onto the garment making sure all four edges are also centered over the pillowcase.

  • Place the iron over both edges of the transfer beginning in the upper left corner.

  • Iron the transfer slowly along the long edge of the transfer for 15 seconds using pressure while pressing down on the iron.  Make sure the iron overlaps all edges of the transfer beginning in the lower left corner.

  • Reposition the iron over both edges of the transfer beginning in the lower left corner.

  • Iron the transfer slowly along the long edge of the transfer for 15 seconds using pressure while pressing down on the iron.  Make sure the iron overlaps all edges of the transfer.

  • Repeat the last three steps until the entire image has been transferred.

  • Quickly reheat the entire surface for 2 minutes making full circles with the iron over the transfer, making absolutely sure that the flat bottom of the iron covers teh whole surface of the transfer.  Pay close attention to all edges and corners.

  • Press for 10-12 second and peel hot for a satin finish.  Peel cold for a glossy finish.  Wait for the transfer to cool completely for a very glossy finish.  To peel off when cool (if you didn't create a pull tag) stretch fabric slightly at a corner to assist in getting the corner loose to start the peel.

Pressing With A Commercial Heat Press

  • Set the heat press to 365F - 375F and at a moderate pressure. Note: excessive heat will cause  cracking and discoloration of the polymer.

  • Place garment on heat press and pre-heat for 5 seconds to eliminate creases and moisture.

  • Trim away clear areas from around image.

  • Press for 10-12 seconds.  Peel off when hot for satin finish or let the transfer cool and then peel off for a high gloss finish.

Washing

  • Use cold water only.  Set washer to low water level.
  • For first wash, pour one cup of vinegar into the washer with cold water. Place fabric inside out into the washer. Wash the garment in the cold water and vinegar.  This will help to set the colors of your transfer.  Re-wash garment in cold water and detergent, then dry normally in dryer.
  • When washing the garment thereafter, use cold water only.  Place garment inside out when washing and dry in dryer normally.

 


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