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How To: X Transfers

How To: X Transfers
May 22 2018
X Transfers are here to make your job easier.  Whether you are an accomplished transfer printer or a direct screen printer who has use for transfers, creating an X Transfer is an easy task.  X Transfers are a low temperature product, both when heating the ink to the paper and when heat pressing.  The low temperature needed to gel/cure the ink to the paper prevents curling and shrinking.  The low temperature required to heat press X Transfers prevents fabric discoloration and the glossy square often seen on 100% polyester.  The square in question will happen every time with a regular transfer.  It is not repairable.  It is very much ruined fabric.  This is an expensive problem as polyester tees and uniforms are not cheap.

X Transfers have many more benefits beyond its low temperature capabilities.  They are opaque, soft, stretchy, and bleed resistant.  Decorate any fabric as the transfers are universal.  We recommend testing always.  However, unless the fabric is something very unique or out of the norm, we know you will have excellent results as we have tested...a lot.  So much.  This had to be right.

Here is your X Transfer shopping list:
  • Any ELT, ELT-S, or ELT-X Series ink.  All of these inks work with the process.  ELT-X is the most opaque and bleed resistant option.  ELT-S is the most stretchy.  ELT is a happy middle ground.
  • X90 Transfer Paper from Arjowiggins.  This is not the only paper that works as an X Transfer.  However, you will need to test other hot peel papers if this is not available to you.  We will begin stocking X90 very shortly.
  • ELT Zip Fashion Powder.  This is a low temperature, flexible, soft powder.
  • 86 to 158 screen mesh.  This recommendation is due to opacity, bleed resistance, and durability.  You can utilize other mesh counts but please test.
  • Masking Tape.  Check the Q&A for this use.
How to print a one-color design:
  1. Be sure your image is exposed backwards as transfers are printed in mirror image.
  2. Run the paper through the dryer before beginning to prevent the powder from sticking to the paper.
  3. Flood the screen with ink and pull the squeegee as you normally would to print and clear the screen.
  4. Apply ELT Zip Fashion Powder.
  5. Measuring with a Thermolabel, cure the ink to a minimum of 250ºF.  We prefer a bare minimum of 30 seconds in the conveyor dryer.
  6. Pre-press the fabric for 2 seconds to smooth it out and eliminate moisture.
  7. Heat press the transfer at 285ºF for 5 seconds, medium pressure.
  8. Peel hot.
Two-color (or more) printing process:
  1. Be sure your image is exposed backwards as transfers are printed in mirror image.
  2. The last color printed must be set up as a full underbase.
  3. Run the paper through the dryer before beginning to eliminate moisture and to preshrink for accurate registration.
  4. Flood the screen with ink and pull the squeegee as you normally would to print and clear the screen.
  5. Send the first color through the dryer without powder.
  6. Measuring with a Thermolabel, cure the ink to a minimum of 250ºF.  We prefer a bare minimum of 30 seconds in the dryer.
  7. Line up the paper and print all of the second color (or third, etc.).  The last color which is the underbase needs to be powdered with ELT Zip Fashion Powder.
  8. Send the transfer through the dryer again at the same time and temperature.
  9. Pre-press the fabric for 2 seconds to s

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