I must be missing something?!?! I have tried using Matsui SP Top, tried Wilflex HD clear, and tried Union Ink plastisol as well
I don't think those are foil adhesives, but I could be wrong. Matsui SP Top is a hot melt flock product, no? If you tried to use this with foil that would explain why it did not adhere. Wilflex HD is a high density ink used for top coats, gloss, etc... If these inks require a higher temp to cure, then that is probably why your foil is not adhering in the heat press at 325 degrees for 10 seconds...
Ask those manufacurers specifically about foil adhesive, I think it may solve all your problems...
Plastisol works, but foil adhesive works way better. Plastisol will work for highlights or a nuggeted effect, but if you're trying to cover any decent sized area, use adhesive specifically. We use Union's foil adhesive here and don't have any issues with it.
and I still can't get a complete foil when I send the shirt through the dryer first. I have tried 300 degrees for 1 minute which is the top ink manufacturers suggestion, as well as 320 for 1.5 minutes for waterbased curing.
Cure it like you would other plastisol inks. The heat press should remelt it which is when the foil adheres to it, and you don't want your other colors printed on the shirt uncured either... Then again, if you are trying to get foil to adhere to those other specialty inks, that is probably your issue...
Foil does not adhere to water base, at least it's not supposed to.
Heat press at 325 for 10 seconds, and rub the top of foil after pressing.
Try more pressure, turn the heat up a bit (you do want to remelt the adhesive in the heat press) and keep it in there for longer, sometimes we get up to 17 or 18 seconds depending on the size of the area that needs to be covered. Foil adhesive though, not the other inks mentioned above
When I take the shirt straight from the print press to the heat press, it foils perfectly.
Probably because the inks you mentioned above have not been cured in the dryer in this case, therefore the heat press does not have to work as hard to remelt them.
Something about sending it through the conveyer dryer is affecting the results. I'm using Crown Roll Leaf foils. Anyone have any ideas? Matsui doesn't have any suggestions.
edit: tried 60, 83, and 110 mesh screens
I'm just now noticing that TeddyRocky posted originally 3 weeks ago so he probably has already handled it.
I am part speaking from experience (what works for us), part from speculation (trying to figure out why it's not working for you). If there are any pros out there who know what they're talking about with foil, I'd be super interested to see what they have to say!!!