30/10/2019

Adhesive vinyl Vs Heat Transfer vinyl what is the difference?

Adhesive vinyl is a glue backed vinyl that is used in the same way a sticker is used and applied. This can be used on waters, drink bottles, signage, POS displays and many other uses. Adhesive vinyls come in a wide range of types and can not be used on clothing as the glues arent designs to bond onto the fabrics, when doing clothing heat transfer vinyl, or HTV as its known as, is required.
Adhesive vinyls can come in differnet ranges and brands such as the  Avery 500 series, Aslan metallic ranges, Avery SWF glitter vinyls and more. There are adhesive vinyls are are temporary vinyls, removable vinyls, real estate vinyls, marine vinyls and a huge colour range.
Brands of adhesive vinyls include:
Avery Dennison
Aslan
Metamark
Oracle
Silhouette America
Cricut
plus many more.

Heat transfer vinyl, or HTV as its commonly known as has a heat applied glue that isnt activated until you apply heat to the product. You reverse cut HTV and then using either an Iron or a Heat Press you can then bond the HTV to the garment. HTV can be used on many things such as tshirts, jeans, hoodies/jumpers, back packs, hats and more. While some people use HTV on bottles and mugs this is a use we do not recommend as the HTV doesnt bond as well to these as it does to fabrics. Most HTV can be applied to fabrics that can withstand the heat such as cotton, lycra, denim, leather and PU leather, polyester and satin etc. Some HTV vinyls such as our Vivid FLEX htv arent able to be used on nylon but there are other brands of HTV that can be used for this.

HTV is also recommened for the cold water washing and the finsied garment can be dried in a dryer but its recommeded to iron the garment inside out and not to apply heat to the finished ptinted area.

Heat transfer vinyl, HTV is great for sports uniforms, persionalised tshirts and garments, kids clothing, dance costumes and much more.