If you’re looking to transfer high-quality, full-color designs onto various surfaces, including fabrics, ceramics, and wood, DTF (Direct-to-Film) transfer film is a great option. Here are some guidelines on how to press DTF transfer film:
Please note that heat presses vary in terms of temperature and pressure, so these guidelines are general. If you’re ordering for the first time, we recommend getting a few extra designs to test out the optimal temperature, time, and pressure for your press. Household irons will not work with these transfers.
It’s important not to press the color ribbon that runs along your transfer roll, as it won’t come off the shirt.
- To start, pre-press your garment for 5 seconds to remove wrinkles and any potential moisture trapped in the fabric.
- For the first press, use 280-290 degrees for 10-12 seconds with medium pressure and proper image placement. Experimenting with different heat presses may be necessary to achieve optimal results.
- Allow the transfer to cool completely before removing the film for a successful peel. Rubbing the film with a cloth can help.
- For the second press, cover the transfer with Teflon for a shiny look or parchment paper for a matte finish. Use 280-290 degrees for 5-6 seconds with medium pressure. Ensure that the pressure is firm and even for good adhesion, avoiding any pocket seams, buttons, or zippers within the press area.
- If using polyester or blend fabrics, lower the temperature to 270-280 degrees and shorten the time by 5-8 seconds, as these fabrics absorb heat at a much faster rate. You can press multiple times if necessary.
- For 100% polyester fabrics, lower the temperature to 250-260 degrees and shorten the press time to 5-8 seconds. We recommend practicing with your press to determine the best time, temperature, and pressure. You can press multiple times if needed, but allow the fabric to cool in between.
By following these guidelines, you’ll be able to successfully press DTF transfer film onto various surfaces for long-lasting, high-quality designs.