Applying Heat Transfers to Acrylic Apparel
When you hear acrylic, your mind probably goes to acrylic paints or sheets; but what about apparel? There are a few Transfer Express® Apparel options that contain acrylic.
The image above shows a few of the acrylic options available with Transfer Express Apparel. Beanie Port & Company – Camo Beanie Cap. CP91C contains 100% acrylic, District – Slouch Beanie DT618 contains 55% acrylic, and District Made – Ladies Cardigan Sweater. DM415 contains 40% acrylic.
We are customizing beanie CP91C, which contains 100% acrylic. When customizing blank acrylic apparel with custom screen printed transfers, there are two transfer options that work great on this material; Elasti Prints® screen printed transfers and Stretch Litho transfers. Both of these transfers apply at a low temperature; Elasti Prints applying at 300 degrees Fahrenheit and Stretch Litho at 275 degrees Fahrenheit.
Since acrylic is heat sensitive, it is a good idea to use a Cap Heat Press to ensure that only the area on the platen is exposed to the heat. We threaded the beanie to the platen to ensure that only the half of the apparel that we are customizing is exposed to the heat.
In the image above, we are peeling the backing off of an Elasti Prints transfer. Ensure that you follow the instructions provided for the transfer type that you choose.
The screen printed Elasti Prints transfers and Stretch Litho transfers offer a different look and feel to the customized acrylic fabric. Keep in mind that you can order general samples of the different transfer types as well to test them before you use them.