Cold peel transfers are great. The process of cooling over the fabric after applying makes the transfer to release more of its ink, and this way, it gives higher opacity, clear contours, and straight edges around the print. Despite many opinions, the cold peel transfer is fast and easy to apply as much as hot peel ones. However, there are some parts which you should keep in mind during production, that’s why I would like to explain more about them. Well, you should know that by giving those tips, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be stuck in and face those problems. Moreover, this information would be useful for using all kinds of transfers available on the market, whether supplied from us or somewhere else. So, you should know what to do when your cold peel transfer:
Peels on hot.
One of the most common mistakes when doing cold transfer is when the paper has been unintentionally peeled off. That usually might occur because of two reasons – the upper heat press’ plate opens too hard or the apparel has been removed too roughly. Of course, there is a solution for both occasions:
- Heat press – when the heat press is opening it happens something like a swirl of air, which causes peeling of the paper too soon. After the cold peel transfer has been peeled off before it cools down enough, it could look like the ink hasn’t stuck on the garment. It could even seem like the print has been applied correctly, but you can see that the edges are scratched easily. A rare situation, but depending on the heat press, it might occur.
Solution: Use a cover sheet to prevent the peeling off. Because of the weight, there would be less chance that happens.
- When taking off the apparel – while you take off the apparel from the heat press, you could accidentally peel off the edges of the paper. The result would be the same as the previous example
Solution: Use a cotton cloth to reduce the temperature of the cold transfer. You just have to make one light rubbing move over the paper and you are ready to take it off
Applies too slow
I know it’s too obvious for some, but we have to remind you that you are able to wait for the cooling down process after you remove the apparel from the heat press. The quickest way is to:
- Load the apparel with the cold peel transfer and close down the press
- Open the heat press and take off the apparel. Place it carefully to a table next to the machine. If it’s peeling on hot, use the cotton cloth for removing the heat as described in the previous tip
- Load the new one and press it down while the previous is still cooling with the paper over it.
- During the current heat press’ countdown you can peel off the paper carrier from the first apparel.
This way, the process of transferring is continuous and fast. The point of applying the transfer quickly is just to try to reduce the actions when the press is opened. Things like removing the paper and waiting the transfer to cool down, have to be made while the press is closed.