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This section of the forum is where Rodney, a die hard screen printing fan, journeys into the world of heat press and heat transfers. Coming from the perspective of a complete heat press newbie making t-shirts for the first time. Jump right in :)



[PREFACE] - So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

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Old May 23rd, 2008 May 23, 2008 12:37:19 PM -   #46 (permalink)
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Old May 23rd, 2008 May 23, 2008 1:31:30 PM -   #47 (permalink)
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Old May 24th, 2008 May 24, 2008 5:32:39 AM -   #48 (permalink)
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thanks so much i see there are still some folks who will help in the world today
If you haven't already you may want to check out my series of videos on youtube. YouTube - badalou's Channel I cover a lot of what you want.
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Old June 22nd, 2008 Jun 22, 2008 1:50:39 AM -   #49 (permalink)
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Does anyone know anything about Black Magic heat presses - I have seen them listed on ebay - I was wondering if they are any good? I am new to this-Thanks
 
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I have been toying with the idea of getting a heat press to do ceramic tiles. At the moment I decoupage my designs on the tiles and understand that sublimation is much better! Can anyone recommend a good starter press as well as a place to get good reasonable tiles?
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I have been toying with the idea of getting a heat press to do ceramic tiles. At the moment I decoupage my designs on the tiles and understand that sublimation is much better! Can anyone recommend a good starter press as well as a place to get good reasonable tiles?
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There are some tips on which heat press to buy here: https://www.t-shirtforums.com/t-shirt...bie/t9682.html
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Old September 21st, 2008 Sep 21, 2008 2:29:07 PM -   #52 (permalink)
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I have a Hotronix 16X20 and love it. I've read that it has fewer cold spots for more even heating.
Glad to hear it because I just bought one, the 16X20 auto clam.
 
Old October 23rd, 2008 Oct 23, 2008 9:13:55 AM -   #53 (permalink)
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What type of cutter should I buy/use to cut the image from the transfer paper and what are the price ranges?
 
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I just bought a Hotronix AutoClam to supplement our screenprinting business by being able to personalize printed garments with names and numbers. I've used it on a few jobs and love it. Easy to use; relatively low investment.

Have also used it on very short runs with custom transfers. Saves us time in the shop because we don't have the screen set up time for a very short run (less than 24).

I've gotten transfers from Transfer Express. Good quality but a little pricey. Is there anything out there that will give me comparable quality at a lower cost?
 
Old October 24th, 2008 Oct 24, 2008 7:30:47 PM -   #55 (permalink)
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I've gotten transfers from Transfer Express. Good quality but a little pricey. Is there anything out there that will give me comparable quality at a lower cost?
With a few minor exceptions, everybody. Transfer Express is the most expensive transfer maker by a large margin (except for ENV), anywhere from 2.5-4X the price of other quality printers.

If you aren't in a hurry, First Edition is the least expensive. Dowling is also inexpensive but slow. Ace is not too expensive for basic transfers but their pricing matrix is complex and they have hefty ganging charges which put them among the most expensive. Ace does not do 4 color process. F&M is inexpensive and fairly quick, they also offer 4 color process. Versatranz is very quick but a little more expensive (but still less than TE). I chose F&M as my standard, with Versatranz as a backup for quick turnarounds and Universal for my digital transfers.

There are other transfer makers out there but I am less familiar with them... like Howard and KE.
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Old May 30th, 2009 May 30, 2009 12:51:19 AM -   #56 (permalink)
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Hi i finally got my heat press machine and was trying to make some tshirts and i encountered this problem:

when trying to peel of the paper after heat press, parts of the design remained in the paper? what did i do wrong? is it the temperature, or the time i used in pressing?

I used 392 degrees F and 6 seconds...
 
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I used 392 degrees F and 6 seconds...
What kind of transfers, what kind of press?

392 for 6 seconds seems like an odd combination. The time is about right for plastisol but the temperature seems on the high side.
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392 for 6 seconds seems like an odd combination. The time is about right for plastisol but the temperature seems on the high side.
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Agreed; I was thinking the temperature sounded about right for dye sublimation, but the time was on the low side.



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Old May 30th, 2009 May 30, 2009 12:55:37 PM -   #59 (permalink)
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What kind of transfers, what kind of press?

392 for 6 seconds seems like an odd combination. The time is about right for plastisol but the temperature seems on the high side.

its an unbranded manual heat press machine and im trying to transfer this precut stickers/ designs that i got online (thompsontransfers).

Thank you so much for your help...

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Try pressing then rotating the shirt then pressing again. Maybe the press has cool spots in the platen.
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