What Is Heat Transfer Vinyl
Heat transfer vinyl is used on products like shirts, hats, koozies, tote bags, jerseys, and headbands.
Heat Transfer Vinyl must be used on products that can take the heat and pressure necessary to transfer the vinyl onto the substrate. Each heat transfer vinyl manufacturer will list what products can be used for each type of vinyl. Fabrics such as cotton, cotton/poly blends, polyester, and canvas work well with heat transfer vinyl. There are types of vinyl out there that can also be used with nylon and leather. However, products such as paper and plastics don't work well because they can't take the heat required to adhere the vinyl to the substrate. It is very important to make sure the correct vinyl type is used with the correct substrate.
Heat Transfer Vinyl comes in single colors. It is best used for simple designs with minimal colors since each individual color or pattern used in the design must be cut, weeded, and heat pressed. Certain Heat Transfer Vinyl can be layered to form multi-colored designs. The more layers involved, the harder it is to match up each to achieve the end result. Heat Transfer vinyl cannot be used for full-color pictures or anything with gradients. There are other applications for those options.
Heat Transfer Vinyl is great for creating special effects with its glitter, flocked, holographic, glow in the dark, & 3D puff options. Although each color still has to be cut separately, the final result adds a “wow factor” because of the specialty vinyl type used. The layering of these types of vinyl is dependent on the type of vinyl used.
How Long Does Heat Transfer Vinyl Last?
Heat Transfer Vinyl should last the lifetime of the product if it is attached to the substrate according to the manufacturer instructions. The correct heat time and temperature must be used to achieve this result. Most issues of heat transfers not binding to the product come from those two issues.