How to Heat Transfer Vinyl


Heat transfer vinyl, also known as HTV for short, is an extremely high quality vinyl polymer which is used primarily on certain plastics and fabrics to generate intricate designs and promotional items. It comes in either a flat sheet or roll form with an easily peelable backing for easy application, weeding, and cutting. HVPLs are excellent for promotional items as they are very simple to make and print custom designs onto, thereby providing your company with a low cost, durable product which can be printed and used in numerous different ways. They are ideal for products which need to be made available to a large variety of potential customers in a short space of time and should therefore be developed on the basis of a client’s specific requirements, along with incorporating your brand image and marketing message into the design.

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Once you have created your promotional heat transfer vinyl sticker using a heat gun, the next step is to then apply the sticker to an appropriate carrier sheet which will be received at the address provided when the order is made. Carrier sheets are typically laminated so that they are both impervious to water, stain damage, and UV damage; however there is usually no need to protect them against damage from the sun, as they are laminated in a typical manner anyway. It is simply a matter of applying the heat gun to print to the appropriate carrier sheet and then allowing it to dry before you remove it from the envelope.

The final step in the process is to apply pressure on the heat transfer vinyl to the appropriate areas. If using a heat gun, it is important that you apply pressure to the entire surface of the carrier sheet, not just the edges. This ensures that all possible surface areas are covered and gives the impression that the item has been printed on to a carrier sheet. This process can also be repeated on the cover sheet if preferred, but if pressure is applied to the sheet it is generally easier to remove it than to try and press the heat transfer vinyl onto a carrier sheet without applying any pressure. However, if heat transfer vinyl has been laminated with a protective coating, then it is not necessary to apply any pressure to it to ensure the item is sufficiently protected.

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