Patterned Vinyl & Decal FAQ
Patterned Vinyl & Decal FAQ
Our Patterned Vinyl is printed on Orofol vinyl for consistency. We use the printable version of Oracal 651 so that you are not spending time trying to figure out cut settings and working with a vinyl you are less familiar with. We print with eco-solvent inks on a commercial Roland printer, on this high-quality gloss outdoor vinyl. The vinyl has a 5+ year outdoor life. You can increase the longevity of your vinyl outdoors by applying a laminate over the top to provide UV and abrasion protection, which is recommended if you are using this for car decals or anywhere where the vinyl will be routinely exposed to oils, road grime, etc etc. Constant exposure to oils (whether from vehicles or hands) and other harsh elements will drastically reduce the lifespan of the print.
Our prints are *most* often used for epoxy/epoxy substitute tumbler creations. Our full size sheets make wrapping or v-split tumblers an absolute dream.
We offer our patterned adhesive vinyl to come in CLEAR or WHITE backing.
Why on earth would I use a pattern printed on clear vinyl?
Because...creativity! That's why! Our clear adhesive vinyl allows you to do pattern overlays, which show the underside of the tumbler. This can be underside of a painted/glittered surface. Or... think a black spider web where you only want the black lines of the web to show, and the underneath to be a spooky glitter mix. In some cases, clear isn't ideal and white is a better choice. I We recommend trying a small variety of prints in both clear and white to see what you like best.
Decals (clear cast decals)
Our decals are *best* used under an epoxy type product (either epoxy or the safer alternatives like Crystalac or Clear Diamond Finish). We offer both white and clear, just like patterned vinyl mentioned above. Use what works best for you and your design. Both have a variety of uses.
Our patterned HTV is printed on Siser brand HTV with eco-solvent inks using commercial equipment. Again, we have chosen Siser for consistency reasons, but PLEASE make sure you follow the instructions to install, as we print on HTV that takes far less time/temp than usual for heat pressing.
Patterned HTV - Instructions for use with heat press:
- Cut your design - do not mirror the image
- Weed away excess material
- Mask with TTD Easy Mask or TTD High Tack Mask (provided with your order at no charge)
- Preheat garment for 2-3 seconds
- Apply design at 250°F / 120°C
- Use medium pressure for 5-10 seconds
- Peel carrier hot
- Use a cover sheet (Teflon is recommended) and repress for 3-5 seconds
- Machine wash cold with mild detergent
- Do not bleach or dry clean
- Dry on normal dryer setting
Applies to: 100% cotton, poly/cotton blends, 100% polyester
For help with using the Patterned HTV, please see Siser's YouTube video here: https://bit.ly/2NL4lKg