Glitter Flake heat transfer vinyl works well with a wide variety of base materials. The vinyl itself is composed of polyurethane and is non-toxic, making it an ideal choice for clothing of all ages. This heat transfer vinyl can elevate basic tees, banners and much more into customized wear that stands out during social events. Whether you’re looking to decorate spirit wear, Greek life outfits, cheer leading costumes, dance wear or fashion accessories, this material will more than suffice. However, before experimenting with the material, here are five things to know in order to insure a smooth application.
Check the Compatibility of the Substrate
Although heat transfer vinyl is compatible with a variety of different fabrics, there are a few that may discolor under heat. Often, these materials will specify “no iron” on the tag. Otherwise, here are the fabrics that are known to work well with heat transfer applications: cotton, preshrunk cotton, polyester, cotton and polyester blended materials and spandex. If you’re ever in doubt, make sure that you have a spare of whatever you are trying to work on. If not, always test press on an inconspicuous spot on the cloth.
Choose a Heat Press Over an Iron
Although an iron can work well in a pinch, heat presses are the better option for sensitive clothing materials. The problem with irons is that they don’t maintain a stable temperature throughout the entire procedure, creating a variance during the transfer of the design. A heat press, on the other hand, maintains a single compatible temperature as designated by the manufacturer of the heat transfer vinyl.
Be Aware of the Application Time
Most manufacturers recommended a heated application with even, medium pressure for about 10-15 seconds. However, if you are using a lower heat setting than recommended, you can increase that time by around ten more seconds. Try not to go too much over that recommended time, otherwise the vinyl or material you’re working on could get morphed.
Preheat the Material
To allow for a smoother application, run the heat press over the area to be treated for about three seconds. This will help the vinyl maintain a stronger grip on the material upon initial application. It is recommended that after application of the glitter flake heat transfer vinyl, give the material a few seconds before peeling it off. The carrier should still be a little warm during the peel, but there should be obvious resistance to the force.
Don’t Be Quick to Wash
You should wait at least 24 hours before washing the imprinted garment. Although machine washing is fine, wash the material inside out if possible. Using the dryer at a low heat setting is preferred. Remember to avoid bleaching the material. Dry cleaning is not recommended.