Full Color White Toner Transfer Application Instructions
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCITONS BEFORE PRESSING YOUR WHITE TONER TRANSFER(S). IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR ARE UNSURE ABOUT SOMETHING, PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE PRESSING YOUR TRANSFERS.
The Full Color White Toner Transfer's default pressing temperature is 310 degrees Fahrenheit; however, some care must be taken when pressing onto some types of synthetic material such as nylon or polyester. Spandex or Lycra material is not recommended at this temperature. You can press as low as 250 degrees Fahrenheit onto the substrate to retain vibrancy and avoid damage caused by excessive heat. These transfers can be applied to 100% cotton, 100% polyester, and cotton/polyester blends on light and dark colored garments.
White Toner Transfers must be applied with a heat press. They CANNOT be applied with an iron or any type of Easy Press because these devices do not allow enough even pressure needed to properly adhere the inks to the garment.
Before pressing, trim off the edges of the transparent transfer sheet using a pair of scissors or a cutting board. This will ensure no excess adhesive sticks to the garment and eliminate the chance of a white box around your design. (This step should already be done for you! Once I print your design(s) and adhere the adhesive backing, I trim off the edges before shipment. In the event your transparent sheet was not trimmed, please be sure to follow this step.)
Using a fresh adhesive, lint-roll the surface of your garment where you will be applying your design prior to prepressing to remove any lint.
Prepress your garment for 7-8 seconds to remove any wrinkles and moisture.
Place the transfer sheet face down onto the garment. (The ink on the transfer should be facing down touching the garment, not the upper portion of your heat press platform.)
- It is suggested that you use heat resistant tape to secure the sheet to the garment. Otherwise, opening the press can cause the transfer sheet to lift prematurely.
- For more precise placement, lay the garment out on a table, position the transfer sheet appropriately and tape the corners before placement on the press.
Cover the transfer sheet and garment with kraft paper or a Teflon sheet and press the garment using a heat press at 310 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds with medium-high pressure for cotton textiles.
- If you are pressing onto 100% polyester, press at 265 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds with medium-high pressure.
- If you are pressing onto 50/50 cotton/polyester, press at 285 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 seconds with medium-high pressure.
- You can perform this step ONLY as low as 250 degrees Fahrenheit if necessary, to avoid dye migration on polyester fabrics, avoid damaging delicate textiles and to retain vibrancy.
TIP: Pressing at a lower temperature in all cases will result in a more vivid final product.
If you are pressing a transfer with a lot of white ink in the design onto a dark colored garment, it is highly recommended to press at a lower temperature of 250 degrees - 260 degrees Fahrenheit with medium pressure. This will help eliminate any dye migration from the dark colored garment into the white ink. If you press too hot, the colors from the dark colored garment (such as a black t-shirt) will migrate into the white ink causing it to appear gray.
DO NOT PRESS ANY LOWER THAN 250 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT! PLEASE ENSURE YOUR HEAT PRESS IS HEATING TO THE ACCURATE TEMPERATURE BY USING A HEAT GUN. IF YOU SET YOUR TEMPERATURE TO 250 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, BUT YOUR HEAT PRESS IS NOT ACCURATELY HEATING UP TO 250 DEGREES FAHRENHEIT, THIS COULD RESULT IN THE INKS NOT PROPERLY ADHERING TO YOUR GARMENT.
Always remember, pressing at a lower temperature in all cases will result in a more vivid final product regardless of your garment blend!
WE PERSONALLY PRESS ALL OUR WHITE TONER TRANSFERS, REGARDLESS OF THE GARMENT BLEND, AT 250 DEGREES, MEDIUM PRESSURE (3 BARS IF YOUR PRESS HAS A DIGITAL SCREEN) FOR 30 SECONDS. WE HAVE A STAHLS’ HOTRONIX FUSION IQ 16”X20” HEAT PRESS. WE USE THE SAME TEMPERATURE, PRESSURE AND TIME FOR THE SECOND PRESS (AKA POST PRESS OR FIXING PRESS).
Remove the garment from the heat press carefully and immediately lay flat. Allow it to cool for at least 5 minutes. (These transfers are designed to be peeled cold, not hot.)
Once the garment is completely cooled, carefully peel away the transfer sheet in one smooth, continuous rolling motion.
- Removal while still warm could lead to an incomplete or faulty transfer.
- It is suggested that you start your pull from an area that has the most toner coverage. The image will adhere to the garment. Perform this step within 60 mins or less
Re-Pressing (AKA post press or fixing press) the image into the garment is important for wash durability.
- Place your garment back on the heat press.
- Cover with kraft fixing paper on top of the image for a matte finish.
- Re-press the image for roughly 20 seconds at 310 degrees Fahrenheit or at the temperature it was originally pressed. Re-Pressing at a lower temperature (as low as 250-265 degrees Fahrenheit) can help retain some vibrancy. A hotter post press may dull out the pressed image.
Wait 10 seconds before removing the fixing or kraft paper to avoid any part of the transfer from sticking to the kraft sheet.
Pull slowly in one smooth, continuous motion. It is important to wait before pulling the paper off; otherwise, it could pull the design off the garment!
While the garment is still on the press and still hot; lightly stretch the material to allow the toner to soak into the fabric to prevent cracking.
(Optional: Instead of using kraft paper for your re-press you can use a T-Seal Finishing Sheet. It's not required; however, the T-Seal Finishing Sheet has a special coating that locks the inks into the fibers of the garment. This adds extra durability to the pressed design and helps prevent it from coming off during the wash cycle.
Most prefer this option in place of kraft paper. The T-Seal Finishing Sheet is used for the re-press only! It's REUSABLE up to 500 presses.)
If you are interested in the T Seal Finishing Sheet you may purchase it online from any retailer that carries it. I purchased mine from the Uninet iColor website: https://www.icolorprint.com/store/Heat-Transfer-Media/IColor-T-Seal-Finishing-Sheet-Lasts-Up-To-500-Presses-A3-117-in-x-165-in
Finished garments will last up to 50 washes depending on how it’s laundered.
- It is recommended to wash finished garments inside out in cold or warm water and low agitation.
- Avoid fabric softener.
- Tumble dry on low setting - For best results, hang to dry.
- If ironing is necessary, you must place a piece of kraft paper between the pressed image and the hot iron. Failure to do this will result in a melted transfer.