High Heat Screen Print Transfer Application Instructions
The high heat screen print transfers are recommended for 100% cotton and cotton/polyester blends on light and dark colored garments. They are not recommended for 100% polyester fabric.
High heat screen print transfers must be applied with a heat press. They CANNOT be applied with an iron or any type of EasyPress because these devices do not allow enough even pressure needed to properly adhere the inks to the garment.
PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING YOUR TRANSFER: All heat presses are different. Some heat too high, others not enough. If the heat press is too hot, it will literally burn the color out of the design and the transfer will appear faded and/or vintage. If the heat press does not heat enough, then the transfer will not adhere properly. Therefore, we recommend pressing the high heat transfers between 360-375 degrees for 7-8 seconds with heavy pressure.
If the transfer does not adhere properly, then increase your temperature by a few degrees (increments of 5 degrees) and press again. The high heat transfers can be difficult work with especially for beginners. I personally cannot press these transfers at 375 degrees because my heat press, the Hotronix Fusion IQ 16"x20" Heat Press, heats too high and burns the colors from the transfer. Therefore, I have to press them at 360 degrees for 7-8 second with heavy pressure.
You'll have to find the best temperature setting between 360-375 degrees with your heat press. These instructions are recommendations only! This will be a trial and error experience in the beginning until you figure out the best temperature with your heat press. DO NOT set the temperature lower than 350 degrees.
When purchasing the hight heat transfers, you are acknowledging there is a difference in the temperature settings depending on your own heat press. We will not authorize any refunds on high heat transfers due to user error. if you are a beginner and unsure about the high heat transfer designs, please choose from the low heat transfer designs. They are recommended for beginners and have a more consistent temperature setting of 325-350 degrees, 7-8 seconds with heavy pressure.
When applying a high heat screen print transfer, set your heat press temperature between 360-375 degrees Fahrenheit, the timer to 7-8 seconds, and the pressure to heavy.
(Please note your heat press should be difficult to open and close, but not impossible to open and close. Screen print transfers require heavy pressure to allow the inks to properly adhere to the garment. If enough pressure is not being used when pressing the screen print transfers, it will cause the inks to lift, crack and/or peel from the garment. The most common mistake made when pressing the screen print transfers is not using enough pressure allowing the inks to properly adhere to the garment.)
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 screen print transfer 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.)
Press your garment at 360-375 degrees Fahrenheit for 7-8 seconds with HEAVY pressure.
SLOWLY peel off the transfer paper while the ink is still hot.
(These screen print transfers are designed to be peeled hot, not cold.)
IF you should feel some resistance or notice the ink(s) are not adhering to your garment, DO NOT continue to peel off the transfer paper. Lay the transfer paper back down and immediately press again for another 7-8 seconds.
If you should continue to have issues with the ink(s) not adhering properly you may want to use a heat gun and check the temperature of your platen and/or increase your pressure. Use a heat gun on all 4 corners and the center of your platen to ensure it's heating to the correct temperature displayed on your monitor.
If your temperature is reading correctly, then you may want to increase your temperature another 5 degrees and repeat the application process.
(Optional: After pressing your transfer and slowly peeling off the transfer paper, we encourage you to reposition your garment on the heat press, lay a piece of parchment paper over the design, and pressing your garment again for another 7-8 seconds with heavy pressure. This will ensure if there are any "cold spots" in your heat press, all areas of the design will get the proper amount of heat exposure and pressure allowing the inks to properly adhere to the garment and will prevent the inks from lifting, cracking and/or peeling.)
Please note all inks will eventually begin to lift, crack and/or peel. Even garments that were directly screen printed will begin to shows signs of wear and tear after several washes. It's the "vintage appearance" so many of us love and there's no way to prevent it!
We do not recommend using Teflon sheets, butcher paper and/or pillows when pressing your transfer.