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HTV Guide – All Things Heat Transfer Vinyl

Chances are, if you’ve seen something you like, you can probably decorate it with heat transfer vinyl. 

It’s about putting your stamp on things, and this is the most professional-looking way to do just that.

In this comprehensive HTV guide, we’re going to discuss everything you need to know about heat transfer vinyl.

What Is Heat Transfer Vinyl?

Heat Transfer Vinyl, or “HTV” as it’s commonly known in the industry, consists of a heat applied glue that isn’t activated until you apply heat to the product. 

To use this product, you reverse cut HTV and then using either an iron or the perfect type of Heat Press, you bond your HTV to a garment or other heat resistant product.

Read more: What Is HTV In The Personalised Printing Industry?

What’s The Difference: Adhesive Vinyl vs Heat Transfer Vinyl

Adhesive vinyl is a glue-backed vinyl product. It’s used in the same way a sticker is used and applied. Adhesive vinyl can be used on water bottles, drink bottles, signage, POS displays, plus many other uses.

However, adhesive vinyl cannot be used on clothing as the glues within this product aren’t designed to bond onto the kinds of fabrics our clothes are commonly made from.

When working with clothing, heat transfer vinyl is a much better choice.

Read more: Adhesive Vinyl vs Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat Press Temperature Guide For Vinyl

Heat transfer vinyl temperature guide for different vinyl types

For guides on heat pressing light Inkjet vinyl, take a look at our informative videos:

How to transfer light Inkjet with an iron

How to transfer light Inkjet with a heat press

Curious to see this information but for sublimation? Check out our sublimation press times and temps blog for help.

Vinyl Colour Guide

Vivid Flex heat transfer vinyl (i.e. T-shirt vinyl, Iron-on vinyl) comes with a heat-activated adhesive on one side. 

The other side (which will be the exposed side upon application has a clear carrier sheet that provides a way to keep everything intact until application.

All cuts will need to be mirrored (flipped) as you are cutting it from the reverse side. 

Vivid Flex heat transfer vinyl is compatible with all personal hobby and craft cutters and can be used on many blank products including shirts, hats, shoes, bags or most anything that can withstand the application of heat.

  • Standard Vivid Flex HTV is available in 18+ colours. They can be used with both an iron and a heat press and will work on most fabrics excluding nylon.
  • Glitter Vivid Flex Standard HTV is available in 20+ colours. With all of the same great qualities of our range of Vivid Flex HTVs, but with a true glitter look and feel. 

Heat Transfer Vinyl Tips and FAQs

Why Is The Vinyl Peeling Off My Shirts?

It’s a combination of things. Length of time is one. How much pressure you applied is another. The temperature you used is another factor. Too short or long pressing can cause HTV to peel off. See the guide above for the optimal time, pressure and temperatures for each product.

Why Is My Heat Transfer Vinyl Peeling After Washing?

HTV peeling or bubbles can be caused by the incorrect peeling method. Check your hot peeling and cold peeling times and methods.

How Well Does Heat Transfer Vinyl Hold Up?

The heat transfer vinyl will likely outlast the life of the garment without cracking, peeling, or fading if you’ve applied it correctly, but it does vary depending on the fabric or materials used.

Does HTV Stay On Mugs?

HTV is not likely to chip or peel if you look after it. But it is best to hand wash these mugs – don’t put them in the dishwasher.

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