Regional supply provides advice on resolving heat transfer vinyl adhesion issues

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Timing, temperature, pressure and peeling can all contribute to heat transfer vinyl issues

We offer a wide variety of Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV) products for shirts, bags, jerseys, or a variety of other items.

—Lawrence Wiscombe, Managing Director

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, USA, October 19, 2022 / — As anyone who has purchased such a product in the past is well aware, custom shirts or other items that come with a heat transfer vinyl design that doesn’t stick properly just aren’t good. Heat transfer vinyl, or VHTthat comes off a garment far too easily, whether in its first wash or due to minimal contact or wear, is a fault that should never be accepted – but it is also something which can be avoided by following the advice given below.

“Regional Supply offers a wide variety of heat transfer vinyl (HTV) products, serving as the primary heat transfer supplier for those who use this method for their shirts, bags, jerseys, or a variety of other items,” said said Lawrence Wiscombe, managing director of Regional Supply. “Not only do we carry the vinyl you need (in several different types and styles), but we also carry a variety of heat presses, tools, and accessories to help you get the job done right.”

Wiscombe said: “And on top of all that, we help customers who are having trouble with their heat transfer vinyl installation. In particular, have your HTV designs had any issues sticking to their garments? Here are some -some of the reasons this may be happening, plus what can be done about it.”

Synchronization errors
One of the most important parts of the vinyl heat transfer process is pressing the vinyl onto the garment for the appropriate amount of time. This isn’t just true in terms of vinyl pressing; it is also important to ensure that the garment has sufficient time to cool down to the suggested hot, warm or cold peel stage after it comes out of the press (otherwise the material may lift when try to remove it).

Pressing the vinyl for too short a time, for example, may not allow enough time for the adhesive to flow into the fibers of the material, causing the HTV to not bond well. It can also result in some sections not having had time to fully cool or set into the fabric after removing it from the heat (possibly requiring another round under heat).

On the other hand, pressing too long is often just as bad. If left in the press too long, the press may burn the HTV material or melt it, causing an unusable end product. Contact our pros for help.

Temperature issues
Temperature is another important factor here, with excessive temperatures again leading to the risk of burning the material. Always check the manufacturer’s suggested time and temperature guidelines, as each product is unique, they require special combinations of time and temperature to be successful.

In some cases, HTV products will require what is called a hot peel; others, however, need to cool to room temperature before peeling. Knowing what type of material is being used is the first step to ensuring heat transfer vinyl releases from its backing and adheres properly to clothing.

In some cases, this may require carefully separating the two layers of materials by hand (which can be a very time-consuming process). In other cases, it may mean ironing the garment in the press after the initial cooling period.

Pressure is also important and is an area that highlights the importance of using a modern heat press. Some still use older ironing or manual presses for this job, but these generally don’t offer the kind of control needed to achieve professional quality results.

It’s important to know not only how much pressure is being used (in terms of grams per square inch), but also which areas are being pressed evenly. This is where computerized or digital heat presses come into play; they allow you to adjust your controls to make sure everything is pressed evenly without having to walk around the machine.

Some types of HUDs can be stacked, while others are not. It is essential to pay attention to the description of the vinyl used, as it is important to know if the specific HTV sheets used will work with other materials.

Glitter vinyl, for example, can be used as the top layer for multi-layer vinyl products, but not as the bottom layer. To apply glitter as a base coat and then apply another HTV on top will only get about 5 washes before the top coat starts to peel off due to the textured finish of the glitter.

If the product requires layering and one is unsure of which materials to place on top of each other, contact our pros before attempting anything; they will know exactly how the material should be layered.

fabric type
Finally, certain tissue types may not be ideal for specific types of HTVs. Spandex, nylon, leather, and other tougher fabrics all generally require some type of HTV, and you need to know your details to get it right; on the other hand, materials like polyester, cotton and blends will work with virtually any standard HTV product.

To learn more about how to avoid problems with vinyl not sticking to fabrics, or to learn more about any of our heat transfer vinyls, car protection films or other products, talk to the staff at Regional Supply today.

About Regional Sourcing
Regional Supply specializes in supplying wholesale to screen printers, large format digital printers, electrical and vinyl sign makers and installers, and a wide variety of plastics users. We carry over 10,000 items for your business, from vinyl, inks and neon to plastic sheets, transformers, screens and lamps. We pride ourselves on keeping our customers up to date with the latest technologies and industry insights with hands-on courses on many different topics and products. Founded in 1946, we value relationships and don’t just sell products – we take care of our customers with technical support, daily delivery and a personal sales team. To quote our founder Art Mendenhall, “We are in business to solve people’s problems.”

Learn more by visiting www.regionalsupply.comby emailing us at [email protected] or calling us at (800)-365-8920.


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