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Hi everyone. I'm pretty new to this site and new to heat pressing. A little about me... I am 40 years old and been a plumber my whole life, but have recently become disabled. I'm going to try to heat press t-shirts and other items to try selling at craft shows and such to supplement my income. I have a lot to learn, but am enjoying the process of learning about this. I'm going to try my first show this weekend.
I got a really good deal on some hoodies this week. They are made of 82% polyester / 18% cotton. I am wanting to heat press plastisol screen print transfers on these hoodies. I am wondering if this can be done without melting the hoodies??
I have no experience, but thought I've read that you can't press anything over 50poly/50cotton mix. Not sure if that is accurate information though. Thank you!!
 

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You'll be perfectly fine if you're pressing transfers. It's only a few seconds. Besides, 100% poly shirts are pressed at 400 degrees for 55 seconds or so for sublimation anyways so you won't be anywhere near that with the time & temperature on a plastisol transfer. Shirts can withstand quite a bit of heat before they discolor & burn.
 

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Hi everyone. I'm pretty new to this site and new to heat pressing. A little about me... I am 40 years old and been a plumber my whole life, but have recently become disabled. I'm going to try to heat press t-shirts and other items to try selling at craft shows and such to supplement my income. I have a lot to learn, but am enjoying the process of learning about this. I'm going to try my first show this weekend.
I got a really good deal on some hoodies this week. They are made of 82% polyester / 18% cotton. I am wanting to heat press plastisol screen print transfers on these hoodies. I am wondering if this can be done without melting the hoodies??
I have no experience, but thought I've read that you can't press anything over 50poly/50cotton mix. Not sure if that is accurate information though. Thank you!!
Yes you can press plastisol transfers on them with no issues, and good luck at the event ;)
 

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Ok, thanks. I'm confused though. I've seen talk on here from different posts about people saying they cannot press on poly shirts because of melting or heat press marks on shirt etc.. can you clarify what is different about my hoodies vs their shirts? meaning why would I have no problems pressing on them, but they did. is it because my hoodies are 18 percent cotton? thanks
 

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It is partly because of the cotton content but also the type of polyester that the sweats are made of. The polyester garments that are most likely to have the press or platen sheen is the Performance Wear type garments ( Nike , Under Armor ). Seldom do you have that issue with Sweatshirt type garments.But at a high enough temperature any garment could show the platen imprint. Make sure you try one now so you will know everything is right before you get to the event.
 
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