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Digital Decorating: Heat Transfer
Techniques For Eliminating Carrier Sheet Marks
To eliminate carrier sheet marks, use a heat-transfer material that allows for a fast-tack application.
One approach to eliminating marks left by a carrier sheet is to use a heat-transfer material that allows for a quick, fast-tack application.
After applying the first layer of vinyl, heat apply the second layer with the suggested fast-tack application of two to five seconds and remove the carrier. This helps to reduce the time the carrier lays over the first vinyl layer and reduces the imprint. Cover and press for the recommended application for a durable finish.
Another technique often used is to place a cover sheet over the completed design after it has been applied and press it at the same temperature for an additional 10 seconds. As long as the extra time is minimal, it shouldn’t affect the vinyl.
Courtney Kubitza is sales and business development manager for Stahls’, St. Clair Shores, Mich. For more information or to comment on this article, email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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