A customer walks into your shop and asks you to print this pretty cool graphic that he has brought with himself, on a piece of a garment.
Duly obliging, you apply the transfer to the garment and wait for it to complete before you can lift the press and see the final results.
After few minutes of waiting, you take out the garment from the heat press, only to realize that the transfer was unsuccessful; the print carries excess emulsion on the garment.
Seeing the damage, the customer goes absolutely berserk, demanding compensation for his loss.
You have no other option but to pay the money.
You lose money, you lose a business opportunity and more importantly you lose a customer.
Instances like these happen quite often in day to day sublimation operations, where you don’t get the desired results when transferring an image onto a garment.
- The final image may distort due to tension as you peel off the transfer paper from the garment
- The transfer at times may leave a heavy feel on the garment
- The transfer may not stretch
- The transfer may leave excess emulsion on the garment
So what should you do in such cases? How can you fix these issues?
Many of the transfer issues that you face in dye sublimation garment printing can be corrected by pressing the garment a second time.
Allow us to demonstrate.
Things you’ll need: A silicone sheet.
If you don’t have a silicone sheet, you can also use a non-stick parchment sheet.
Place the imaged garment back on your heat press. Cover the transferred design with the silicone sheet. Heat press the garment at the same pressure and temperature that you usually use for normal transfer, but reduce the pressing time by almost half of the original application time.
Lift the heat press, and the issue is most likely resolved.
A second press:
- Adds durability to the final print
- Adds softness and flexibility to the transferred image
- Reduces excess emulsion by making the “excess” less visible
And the best part is, it leaves your customers satisfied and pleased after seeing the final transfer results.
A second press never hurts, it always works for the better!
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