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Old June 30th, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 8:44:55 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Question Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Newbie here, hoping you can help. Doing Youth T's (toddler size) . Have several heat press transfers with bright colors total transfer is 6"X6" Heat transfer says, "Don't Let the Cute Thing Fool You". Where ever there is white ink I get a 50% contact with the ink, the other 50% stays on the paper. Application instruction 390 - 400 degrees hot peel, med. pressure, 12 sec. My setting is 398 I believe med pressure and 12 seconds. I am pre pressing about 5 seconds to get moisture. Have ruined 4 shirts and wasting money.

Is this a bad heat transfer or bad technique?
 
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Old June 30th, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 1:21:22 PM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Try a different temp. Make sure you pre-press the shirt first. And keep using a ruined shirt for testing just cover the already-there transfer with parchment paper so you don't get it on the press
 
Old June 30th, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 1:53:47 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Jennifer. I do not know if you purchased these from us but we do sell them and would be pleased to test them for you.
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Old June 30th, 2015 Jun 30, 2015 2:16:53 PM -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

I didn't do this I was just replying
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

I would suggest you check your press pressure, your "mid pressure" may not be the correct pressure you need to use. And that ,to me, seems the only factor you are not too sure about.
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

What kind of transfers first of all ? Are the hot split ? If so then that's how they work. If not then might have issues with temp.
Are you using a pyrometer to check your platen temp ?
Do you have a teflon cover on the top platen ? If so that will knock 10-20 degrees off what you set it for.
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Thank you jennGO, ProWorld, Artistic Impress, and freebird1963 for your input - here are some answers and possible things I might be doing wrong. I am a newbie, eager to learn. The heat transfers were purchased from ProWorld, let me work on some of the items listed, and I'll post if that corrected the problem. The transfers are not hot split and I do not have a pyrometer (good idea). I have ordered a Teflon pad for the platen but has not come in yet, so I used a Teflon pillow placed inside the shirt. I placed a Teflon sheet over the transfer, closed my clam shell, temp read 398, and let it go for 12 seconds. Thanks again
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

For cold split I put a baking sheet or saucepan in the freezer while I heat the press up to temp. Then I keep it in there until I'm done pressing a garment. I pop it on there as soon as I open the press and it helps cool down. I think I hold it down on the shirt for like 2x as long as I pressed it I think.

Probably not the professional well but it helps me a lot. If you are doing cold peel and when you peel up your letters are all gooey and coming up you aren't peeling cold enough in my observations
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

That's a great idea for a cold peel, sounds like it works. I might have misread or didn't understand the post on hot split, yes these transfers I'm working with indicate a hot peel (based on PW's application instructions).
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

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That's a great idea for a cold peel, sounds like it works. I might have misread or didn't understand the post on hot split, yes these transfers I'm working with indicate a hot peel (based on PW's application instructions).



Oh oops I thought when you said not hot split you were trying to say cold split. Well hang in there and keep trying!
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

This design is a hot peel design. We tested at 390 for 12 seconds and firm pressure. Applied perfectly.
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Thanks for testing - we have three more transfers and will try the following: Teflon sheet on my platen, then toddler shirt, press shirt to remove moisture, place transfer, place Teflon sheet over the transfer, adjust my pressure to firm. 390 degrees at 12 seconds hot peel. Appreciate all the input.
 
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

We do not recommend the Teflon sheet.
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

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place Teflon sheet over the transfer,
NO NO NO.....Teflon can reduce temperature 10 to 25 degrees....
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Default Re: Heat Transfer print "not all ink is adhereing"

Ok - Thanks, won't use the Teflon sheet. Would it be ok to use the pillow inside the shirt (I'm worried about dye migration or print sticking to the inside of the shirt?
 






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