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[PLASTISOL TRANSFERS] - what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

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Old June 21st, 2007 Jun 21, 2007 10:10:55 AM -   #31 (permalink)
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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

I'm not trying to violate any self promotion rules, I just want to add to and clarify what Mr. 4-Color Process has said. Generally speaking he is correct, I just wanted to add that there are some exceptions.

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Photograph quality, which is the hardest quality to achieve, can only be printed using the CMYK (4-color process) color scheme. CMYK printing is one of the most expensive printing methods available. Just let your printer know in advance that you'll be pressing your designs on dark garments. ALWAYS SAY BLACK. Your printer will then add a white backing, which is another screen charge, so your design will appear on darker garments. Ask for 4-color process samples to see if your printer can achieve a quality CMYK color scheme. This is one of the hardest methods of printing for heat transfers.
4-color process with a white backer for opacity on lights and darks (black) is available in small quantity plastisol transfers (8-4"x6" sheets being the smallest). Of course it may not be cost effective for most companies until they get up 24 to 32 sheets.

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Turn-around time all depends on the amount of business your printer has. Let's be realistic, if you want a rush order, there will be mistakes. Anything you do in a rush has things that are over-looked. Two working weeks should be enough time for your printer to complete your order, no matter how many colors you have in your design.
Standard 3 business day turn around is also available.
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Old July 2nd, 2007 Jul 2, 2007 12:11:13 PM -   #32 (permalink)
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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

I solely use plastisol transfers for my shirts and have been really happy with the quality and durablity of them. My SO has shirts from when I first launched my store (1.5 years ago) that are washed regularly and put in the dryer that look as good as they did the day they were made. Whereas I have screenprinted shirts from other places that started to crack after a few wears/washes. Of course, like with anything - you pay for what you get. I had tested plastisol transfers that were cheaper and they were crap.

If you're planning on doing dark shirts, you'll want to look into transfers done in opaque ink. Which will be a higher cost - but obviously worth it. I print mainly on black shirts and most of my designs have white in them and they look great!
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Is there a shelf life to plastisol transfers?
 
 
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Shelf life should be easily 3-5 years is stored properly. As always, ask your supplier.

Some tips on storage:

Avoid significant temperature swings, i.e. un-insulated garages and under your dryer.

Avoid changes in humidity. Damp basements or areas that have sitting water can cause the carrier sheet (paper) to curl over time.
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Old November 11th, 2007 Nov 11, 2007 8:47:08 PM -   #35 (permalink)
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Hey Rodney,
Do i have to send my designs to the company, or can i do the whole process myself? So i just get to buy the paper.
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Do i have to send my designs to the company, or can i do the whole process myself? So i just get to buy the paper.
If you can screenprint, you can learn to do it yourself. If you can't screenprint, you need to outsource it to someone who can (like a plastisol transfer printer).



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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

Is there an adhesive powder applies before curing of newly screen printed transfer
 
Old November 28th, 2007 Nov 28, 2007 2:32:45 AM -   #38 (permalink)
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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

I wonder, I got these really old T-shirts from Superman and E.T. they have photo prints with glittered borders...I know they are transfers but what type I always wondered..
 
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I wonder, I got these really old T-shirts from Superman and E.T. they have photo prints with glittered borders...I know they are transfers but what type I always wondered..
They could be four color process transfers or lithograph transfers or glitter transfers (or a combination).
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Default Is Plastisol good for wraparound and all over designs?

We are going to be printing all over and wrap around designs. Is there a limit to the size that the plastisol can print? Also, how many colors can you print on it?
 
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Is there a limit to the size that the plastisol can print?
The size will depend on who is printing it, but it is possible to make sheets larger than any t-shirt. You'll then need a heat press big enough to press it though (which can also be larger than any t-shirt, but often aren't).

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Also, how many colors can you print on it?
If you get four colour process transfers done, then perceptually speaking you can have full colour printing (i.e. no limit as such).



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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

hi can someone please tell me the tempertaure and amount of seconds used in pressing plastisol to a jersey cotton shirt?
 
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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

It depends on the type and manufacturer of your plastisol transfers. Each company will have different settings for their various transfer types.
 
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Default Re: what is a plastisol (silk screen printed) heat transfer: a definition

hi,i'm new here and this kind of hobby, is plastisol used a deferent paper or a simple heat transfer paper(iron on) paper can do the job?

can i silkscreen the paper myself?

is there a special ink for plastisol?







why is it that this graphic looks white?sori for the noob question,just wanna learn something new

can anybody give some link for me: tutorial plastisol making,or like that

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