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Tips and Tricks : Nylon Heat Pressing

We often have customers ask if we have a product that is an “all in one” to cover applications on nylon, cotton, polyester and acrylic style fibres. The answer is yes!

For those that are conscious of mixing products and using the wrong product for the wrong application, we have products available in both our print and cut portfolios. For a printable option, we recommend Chemica Hotmark Print Nylon 1992 and for a coloured cut film, we recommend Chemica Allmark, which is available in black, white, silver and gold.

For these applications it is important to follow these two simple steps below:

  1. Identify what the item is made of. Spray jackets, raincoats, umbrellas and school bags or any other product with a waterproof coating will generally have a nylon component. Be sure to always check the tag. If unsure, proceed to step 2.

  2. Test the product first. Obtain a sample of the fabric, pre-press for the recommended 5 seconds and apply your heat transfer sample. Examine for adhesion and discolouration of the fabric.

If you find adhesion isn’t optimal there may be a wax coating on the surface of the material, in which case we recommend you wash and dry thoroughly prior to retesting as per the step above.

Remember, nylon presses at a lower heat so whilst it won’t eliminate discolouration issues, it should minimise them.

Once you are satisfied with the result, refer to our post press garment care tips and tricks here.

Graphic Art Mart always recommends testing first. Should you have any questions, please contact your local Graphic Art Mart Representative.

 

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