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Heat Press Temperature and Time Guide for HTV

Heat Press Temperature and Time Guide for HTV

Jun 4th 2021

Every heat transfer vinyl is a little different in regards to pressing time, temperature, pressure, and peel! In this blog, we go over some characteristics of our most popular htv and show temperature and time recommendations with a handy chart.

PRODUCT TEMP TIME PRESSURE PEEL LAYERABLE FABRICS FINISH
Siser Easyweed 305 F 10-15 seconds Medium pressure Hot or Cold Yes Polyester, cotton, poly/cotton blends semi-gloss
ThermoFlex Plus 330 F 15 seconds Medium to high pressure Warm or Cold Yes Cotton, linen, wool, lycra, spandex, polyester blends matte
Siser Easyweed Stretch 320 F Pre-press 2 seconds, then 20 seconds High pressure Hot or Cold Yes 100% uncoated polyester, poly/cotton blends, cotton, lycra, wool, linen matte
Siser Glitter 320 F 15 seconds Medium to high pressure Warm Top layer only Cotton, polyester, fabric blends, spandex, lycra, wool, linen textured glitter
WALAkut Puff 320 F 15 seconds Medium pressure Warm Top layer only Cotton, uncoated, polyester, fabric blends, poly/acrylic tectured puff
Siser Holographic 320 F 15-20 seconds Medium pressure Cold Top layer only Cotton, polyester, cotton/poly blends, leather glossy
Easyweed Fluorescent 305 F 10-15 seconds Light pressure Hot Yes Polyester, cotton, poly/cotton blends semi-gloss
Decofilm Soft Metallics 302-320 F 7-8 seconds Medium pressure Cold Top layer only Cotton uncoated polyester, fabric blends, poly/acrylic smooth, soft metallic
Stripflock Pro 311 F 10-15 seconds, 10 second re-press if design lifts Medium pressure Warm Yes Cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, leather suede texture
Siser Easyweed Glow in the Dark 305 F Pre-press 2 seconds, then 10-15 seconds Medium/firm pressure Hot or Cold Yes 100% uncoated polyester, cotton, poly/cotton blends white in the light, semi-gloss
WALAKut Express 250-302 F 5 seconds High pressure Warm or Cold Yes Cotton, polyester, elastan, or blends of these textiles matte
Siser Sparkle 311 F 15 seconds Medium pressure Warm Yes Cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, elastic fabrics, spandex smooth glitter
Siser Twinkle 305 F 15 seconds Medium pressure Warm Top layer only Cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends smooth glitter
Thermoflex Turbo Low Temp 265 F 300 F poly/acrylic, nylon 5 seconds Medium pressure Warm Yes Cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, leather, sublimated polyester smooth metallic
Siser Metal 305 F 10-15 seconds Medium pressure Cold No Cotton, polyester, poly/cotton blends, leather, sublimated polyester smooth metallic
Hotmark Revolution 230-245 F 285 for nylon 20-25 seconds Medium pressure Hot Yes Cotton, polyester, nylon, acrylic matte

Hot Peel

Most standard htv will be a warm or hot peel like Siser Easyweed, ThermoFlex Plus, Siser Easyweed Stretch, Easyweed Fluorescents, Siser Easyweed Glow in the Dark, WALAKut Express, ThermoFlex Turbo Low Temp, and Chemica Hotmark Revolution. Other specialty heat transfer vinyl like Siser Glitter, WALAKut Puff, StripFlock Pro, Siser Sparkle, and Siser Twinkle are also a warm peel!

Specialty Vinyl

We offer a wide variety of unique heat transfer vinyl such as WALAKut Puff, Siser Holographic, Decofilm Soft Metallics, Stripflock Pro, and lots of in-house printed patterns. These types of htv sometimes have different application instructions, so make sure to read those thoroughly before pressing.

Low Temp

Low temp htv is a great option for pressing more heat-sensitive materials. WALAKut Express, Siser Easyweed, Thermoflex Turbo Low Temp, and Chemica Hotmark Revolution are the low temp options available on our website.

Cold Peel

Some htv requires a cold peel, if the vinyl you are using recommends a cold peel, it is important to be very patient and wait until it is not warm at all. A method we do for cooling off the htv quicker is to take the garment off your heat press, then place the vinyl side down on your table! Some heat transfer vinyl that requires a cold peel are Siser Metal, Decofilm Soft Metallics, and Siser Holographic.

Layerable

Some layerable htvs are Siser Easyweed, ThermoFlex Plus, Siser Easyweed Stretch, Easyweed Fluorescents, StripFlock Pro, Siser Easyweed Glow in the Dark, WALAKut Express, Siser Sparkle, ThermoFlex Turbo Low Temp, and Chemica Hotmark Revolution. In the chart when we talk about top layer only, that simply means we don't recommend layering other htv on top of it, but it will be fine on top of other htv.