Application tips

There are several things to remember when applying heat transfer labels to fabric.

Temperature, pressure and time settings are all important. The application settings must be adjusted for each variety of fabric. Below we have created a simple list describing the correct temperatures for different garments.

Remember! Do not wash or try on the garment until the label has fully hardened – 36 hours after application.

For pressure settings for our different heat presses, please consult the pressure tables.

WORKWEAR

Use high temperature when printing on coated and tightly woven fabrics. The highest temperature range must be used for garments to be cleaned by boiling. The same applies to beaver nylon.

  • Recommended application settings:
  • Temperature: 180–190 °C
  • Time: 10–12 seconds
  • Pressure: 2 kg/cm2 on the label
  • Removing the transfer paper: when the label has cooled down
  • Recommendation: preheat the garment for 5 seconds, then reheat the label for 5 seconds.

COATED FABRICS

Some fabrics are coated to prevent penetration of the material. For the label to stick properly to the substrate, the adhesive must be given time to penetrate the fabric and attach itself to the fibres. Follow these steps when printing on heavily coated materials: Preheat the garment for 5 to 10 seconds.

  • Use the maximum recommended application setting for the product in question as well as the highest temperature and highest pressure.
  • Gently clean the fabric with methylated spirit where you want to affix the label.
  • Then rub the fabric carefully with fine sandpaper or similar.

SPORTSWEAR AND BRANDED CLOTHING

Use low temperature when printing on temperature-sensitive fabrics.

Recommended application settings:

  • Temperature: 140–160 °C
  • Time: 10 seconds
  • Pressure: 2 kg/cm2 on the label
  • Removing the transfer paper: when the label has cooled down
  • Recommendation for tightly woven and coated fabrics: leave on the garment for 5 seconds, then reheat the label for 5 seconds.

SOFTSHELL

Softshell is often more heavily dyed than other fabrics. This can cause colours to migrate onto the printed label. This means that over time “spots” of the garment’s original colour may begin to surface through the label. It is particularly common on light logos printed on dark or red garments.

To prevent dye migration:

  • Order a heat transfer label with an additional colour layer for printing on the back of the label. This option is called “Blocking Black” in our webshop.
  • Then apply the transfer at a lower temperature than you would normally use: 140 °C for 10 seconds. Ensure that the pressure is not too high.


The above advice can be of great help, but there is never a cast iron guarantee. You can send us your garment for testing if you wish. Testing is offered as a free service.

Got questions? Feel free to contact us.