Anyone had issue with garment transfer film lately?
I always used to use siser films from Grafityp but being lazy I started to order a certain ‘well recognised’ brand through my garment supplier, until now I’ve had no problems but, two weeks back I lettered up a load of relatively expensive hoodies and within one wash the films were all coming off, blue and silver. Garments were worn by scaffolders, hoods for between 3-4 days and tee’s a day or two max, washed inside out at 40°c.
As I’d had a few issues with my press -not keeping temp too well, over / underheating, I borrowed a press from a colleague and dumped my 30yr old adkins press outside. Did a handful of garments with white film earlier in the week with no apparent issue.
Here I am now, working late to get the scaffold garments redone (at considerable cost to myself), I managed to salvage half a dozen garments and have bought in new garments and vinyl too, most have pressed on ok but I’ve now had a few causing probs again, the vinyl delaminating from the glue when hot peeling the carrier sheet,
I’ve just looked up the spec, It is a cold peel product, I always assumed it was hot as it peels much better when hot, maybe the spec changed recently? Anyway, I followed the instructions to the letter on the remaining few tee’s and it’s still ripping film from glue when cold, this is what happened on a couple of garments last time and the whole lot failed.
I am presuming the few I’ve had problems with (three of the twelve) are the ones using the old vinyl, the others have all gone on ok…
EDIT: I should’ve given up at this point… a further 7 garments have been done to the letter, 165 °c, med pressure, 20 seconds, very cold peel, three are good, four have failed, meaning not just the old but the new film appears faulty as well as the material not mattering if it’s hot or cold peel.
The heat press is the same temp as when I began pressing .. 165°c across the majority of the platen, measured with a snap-on laser themometer so I’m guessing pretty accurate. I can’t see how both presses are wrong either, perhaps I ought to go get my press from outside in the vain hope it isn’t now totally destroyed.
I’m not going to mention brand names / suppliers at this point but, has anyone else had any problems with garment transfer film lately? this is going to cost me a good chuunk of cash, they’re not £5 hoodies that are being trashed.
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