hi Alex, You sound like me when i first got my machine and tried pressing shirts.ajizzy said:i thought i read on here that the pressure should be like if you put a piece of paper on the press and closed it, it should feel some pressure but still be able to pull out without yanking on it. so thats what i went by. laid my shirt down, pre heat for like 8 seconds lifted up the top, got my plastisol transfer in place, closed, time was set for 9 seconds, lifted when time was up and peeled slowly and edges were lifting a little and some didnt stick to the shirt and was stuck to the paper, so i applyed a little more pressure and set it for 10 seconds, pretty much the same thing.. i am very confused..
Its' fraustrating, I know.
Transfer types, equipment and the enviroment where the work is done play a part to achieve perfect results.
Lets start with transfer type. "Hot Split"
With hot peel/split transfers have a look at the transfer first. Look to see how much ink is there on the transfer. If its thick, it is a High Opque Transfer, if its normal it a regular opaque or light for light color shirts.
With hot split/peel transfers, if its not working/sticking to the shirt, as a general rule you need to increase the Pressure, so when you release/open the top plate the press jerks a little. Again it the depends on the press machine.
When the hot spit/peel transfer instructions read PEEL HOT, you need to peel Immediately, if you wait at all it wont work. Peel from the left bottom side towards the top right side of the transfer away from the press. (when you are right handy)
Look at the transfer PAPER for the transfer that DID NOT work.
Was there some of the INK still left on the Transfer Paper ? the more ink left on the paper the more you need to adjust your application. Usually you need More Pressure.
With Perfefet applications, there should be NO INK AT ALL left on the paper after Application.
When the Transfer gets stuck to the shirt it ussually means you did NOT peel it QUICK. "Hot Peel".
The transfer did NOT complete transfering the INK to the Shirt because of not enough heat, pressure, did not peel quick or all of the 3.
Hope this is helping some.