Screen printing heat transfers can seem daunting but in reality it’s actually fairly easily. If properly produced, plastisol heat transfers can last almost as long as a direct print and can be much easier to apply in certain scenarios. Screen printing your own heat transfers can be a feasible solution for many scenarios a screen printer often faces. Here are a few ways screen printing your own transfers can help your business!
Pre printed designs for events: I can’t tell you how many horror stories I have heard of customers printing a thousand shirts, then going to an event and selling only a few hundred. Screen printing transfers for the event and heat pressing it at the event for the customers selected size and color is simple, easy, and can save you a ton of money!
Decorating hats: Have you ever tried screen printing a hat? Not fun! However printing a transfer on a flat piece of transfer paper and then using a cap heat transfer press to transfer the design onto the hat is actually very easy. Also since hats are not often washed, there is really no difference in the longevity of the print.
Names for sports: Rather than exposing a screen with a bunch of names on it and having to custom place it over t-shirts for the correct position, why not screen print names on a heat transfer sheet, cut them out, and then just heat press them onto the shirt. You can even screen print numbers and heat transfer those as well. With numbers however using a vinyl plotter for printing numbers with heat transfer vinyl may be a little easier.
Blocked hole jersey printing: Some customers prefer that the holes in mesh jerseys are blocked, instead of trying to pile ink on top of the jersey, use a heat transfer to keep the ink up on top of the mesh.
Blanket customer orders: If you have a customer that wants to pick up shirts as they need them off to print transfers for them and store them so that they can be transferred at a later date when the customer desires.
Ok, there are many reasons to screen print heat transfers, but what do you need and how do you do it? This quick guide will walk you through the basic components and how to of screen printing your own heat transfers. This just covers the basics and is enough to get you started, Ryonet is also in production of a screen printing heat transfer DVD which will go into deeper explanation and more in depth training.
How do screen printed heat transfers work? A plastisol heat transfer can be screen printed with standard plastisol ink or a special plastisol ink specifically designed for screen printing transfers. If you are not solely screen printing transfers you can use your standard plastisol ink. The ink is printed in reverse (reverse image) onto a heat transfer paper that has a special coating on it which will release the ink once heat pressed. After the ink is printed an adhesion power is typically sprinkled onto the wet ink which helps it to adhere to the shirt during heat pressing. The ink is then gel cured but not cured completely. Once gel cured the transfer can be heat pressed onto a garment at any time.
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