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High Heat Screen Print Transfer Application Instructions

High Heat Screen Print Transfer Application Instructions

These screen print transfers can be applied to 100% cotton, 100% polyester, and cotton/polyester blends on light and dark colored garments.

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.

When applying a high heat screen print transfer, set your heat press temperature between 350-375 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.)

PLEASE READ: ALL heat presses are different!  Some heat presses heat too high, others not enough.  If the heat press is too hot, then 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 350-360 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 a little tricky to work with especially for beginners.  I cannot press these transfers at 375 degrees because my heat press, 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 350-375 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 high 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 human error!  If you are unsure about the high heat transfer designs, please choose from the low heat transfer designs.  They are more consistent with the temperature setting of 325 degrees, 7-8 seconds with heavy pressure. 

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 350-375 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.)

(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.

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.