Iron HTV Application: Pressure, Heat Points and Re-Pressing
In part one of this two-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to apply heat transfer vinyl (HTV) to fabric using nothing but an iron already present in your home. This is a popular method of application for many HTV products, known as "iron-on" products, and carrying it out properly just requires a few small areas of detail and attention.
At Vinyl Outlet, we're proud to offer a wide range of iron-on HTV products for our clients, with a huge selection of colors, styles and materials. We'll also happily provide tips and expertise on the proper application of such products, including with your household iron. Today's part two will finalize this process so you know exactly how to carry it out.
Mirroring a Heat Press
In many ways, the actual application of HTV using an iron will be similar to how you'd use a heat press. Once you've covered the surface (we went over this in part one of our series), you should be pressing and holding a given area for about 15-20 seconds at a time.
This is different from ironing other clothing, where you generally don't want to hold on a single area for too long. For HTV, it's key to make sure your fabric is fully heated up throughout, so continuing this pressure for the full time should be the goal.
Maybe the single most common reason that HTV products don't remain on their fabrics long-term: Not enough pressure is used when pressing. Simply put, not applying sufficient pressure will result in poor application.
To avoid this, apply firm pressure to each section of your image or lettering for about 15-20 seconds at a time before releasing and moving to the next area. Even if you're using a household iron, you'll still want to use this same amount of pressure to get great results. Ironing boards are not recommended, they do not allow for enough pressure.
Hottest at the Center
It's vital to remember during this process that for most household irons, the hottest point will be the center. This means you should always work from this point out, making sure to apply pressure at that spot first before moving on to other sections.
Re-Pressing for Troublesome Areas
If you're moving through the iron-on vinyl process and have noted that certain areas don't seem to be sticking correctly, you should consider this a sign that the HTV may not be fully attached. The best course of action in these cases is to let your household iron rest for a few seconds and then re-press the area with added pressure. You'll want to use about 15 seconds or more of continuous pressure before you let up and move on to a new area.
For more on how to properly adhere heat transfer vinyl to your fabrics using your home's iron, or to learn about any of our vinyl materials, colors or other services, speak to the staff at Vinyl Outlet today.