Application Troubleshooting During Heat Printing

There is nothing more frustrating than when you are having problems applying your transfer. If you are using a product for the first time, please use the extra transfer to test so we can help you if you run into a problem before you start your run on new shirts. Before we can help, we will ask a series of troubleshooting question so we know where you are, and where we can take you so that you have success.

troubleshooting checklist during heat printing

What type of press? Not all presses are created equal. There is a big difference in how a $300 press will work compared to one that cost thousands. We can help get those import presses working, but we will ask the brand since we do know some of the deficiencies with these and will help you make the adjustment.

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What material is it being applied to? There are different transfer products for different materials. Before we start making suggestions, we want to be sure you are using the best product for the material.

What time, temperature and pressure settings? The directions provided have a range and to best help you, we need to know the settings on that range you are using. Then, based on what you tell us is happening, we will be able to help you make the adjustments.

Are there any obstructions – pocket, hood, seam, v-neck, etc? All of these can cause an uneven pressure. The key to a successful application is to press on a firm, flat surface. If the apparel has peaks and valleys caused by these obstructions, we need to make adjustments so when the press closes, the first thing it hits is the application with even pressure.

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Did you use a cover sheet? These are needed with products from other companies, so it is not uncommon for customers to think they always need them. Our products are on their own release paper and not only is a cover sheet not needed, but it also can prevent the heat from getting to the application. Cover sheets that are Teflon take away about 15 degrees, and those flexible application cover sheets can take away almost 20 degrees.

Did you use a pillow? This is another product that is used by other company’s products, but are harmful in our application. A pillow should never be used with any Transfer Express application. It creates uneven pressure

Once we know exactly what you are doing, and what is happening, we will help you to a successful application.