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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 December 20th, 2006 Dec 20, 2006 11:34:27 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Post So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

After reading this forum for over a year, and seeing what heat transfers can do, I've decided to jump in and experience the heat press/heat transfer world first hand.

Reading about it in a forum is one thing, but actually "doing it", hopefully will prove to be an exciting new challenge.

Hopefully, this is going to:
  • Give me more hands on experience, so I can better help others who want to make t-shirts with a heat press.
  • Open up new business opportunities
  • Be fun
If you're a heat press newbie or a heat press expert, or just curious, feel free to follow along or jump in with questions or tips.
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Old December 20th, 2006 Dec 20, 2006 11:37:48 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

My first tip... dont forget to peel the back of the paper off the transfer before heat pressing!! Seems to be a common sense thing but you would be surprised how many of us have done it several times.
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

What press and materials are you going to start with?
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Old December 20th, 2006 Dec 20, 2006 11:40:21 AM -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Just got my Secabo38 the other day, I didn't have time to test it yet.
It will work alongside a Graphtec cutting plotter and I will keep you
updated with tips and errors...

Does anybody know why sometime baking paper sheets are used to
cover the transfer during the heat-pressing?
 
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So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

dont get fraustrated if you dont get it right the first time.
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Old December 20th, 2006 Dec 20, 2006 11:56:25 AM -   #6 (permalink)
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dont get fraustrated if you dont get it right the first time.
Thank you Lucy!

I'm not sure that I won't but I will test my cutting and placing skills several
hundreds times thanks to 2 rolls of masking tape that I got left over from my
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What press and materials are you going to start with?
Stay tuned But suffice to say, I like to "go big" when I get into stuff.
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

I'm also considering purchasing one, so far I've came across a few in the price range of $700-$1200 ($1200 was for the clam style 16"x20"). Is there a company that makes these thats considereed to be more reliable or just flat out better than the rest? Would love to know before i make such a purchase.
 
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My first tip... dont forget to peel the back of the paper off the transfer before heat pressing!! Seems to be a common sense thing but you would be surprised how many of us have done it several times.
And pull your hand out before closing the top.
And don't try to make a grilled cheese with the press. It's does not take the place of your George Foreman.
 
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I'm also considering purchasing one, so far I've came across a few in the price range of $700-$1200 ($1200 was for the clam style 16"x20"). Is there a company that makes these thats considereed to be more reliable or just flat out better than the rest? Would love to know before i make such a purchase.
I have a Hotronix 16X20 and love it. I've read that it has fewer cold spots for more even heating.
 
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

Thanks for the Info... Will definitely check them out...
 
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

I went to the Hotronix Website but of course the price is not listed... What's the ball park as far as pricing?
 
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

I buy all my heat presses used. I bought a 16 x 20 black max off some guy over the weekend in perfect condition. He listed it at 200 bucks , I bought it for 150. I love getting deals on things that I can use in my shop.
 
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Default Re: So I decided to give this heat press thing a try

I just bought a brand new Pheonix Phire 16x20 press. Definately trying not to get frustrated...doing ANYTHING for the first time is always tough...


 






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