Decorating Performance apparel can pose a few challenges. The low scorching point, stretchability of the fabrics, and complex fabric composition has challenged decorators and their suppliers to come up with new techniques and products.
Heat pressing Performance apparel using the incorrect products and methods can lead to scorch marks and poor quality transfers. However, two products recently introduced can be applied at a low temp and a short dwell time, making them the ideal materials to use.
Spectra Perform Cut is a “Cut-only” Heat Transfer Vinyl that applies at only 280 degrees. For full color, Spectra Perform is a Solvent or Eco-Solvent printable line of products that can also be applied at 280 degrees. Both products have a unique adhesive that will adhere to Polyester, Nylon, Lycra and many synthetic blends. Both also offer tremendous Stretch and Rebound, which will keep the decoration looking great, even after they’ve been stretched out.
If you’ve tried decorating Performance apparel before, but didn’t like the “heat press box” that accompanied your transfer, give one of these new products a try!
If you have a vinyl cutter, odds are you’re using at least one of Heat Transfer or Sign Materials in your business. If you’re not using both, you’re missing potential profit opportunities! It took us at Imprintables Warehouse a while to realize that. For years, we sold only the Heat Transfer materials, and did quite well at it. Our Spectra Eco-Film is one of the most popular Heat Applied Materials on the market.
Imprintables Warehouse added Duracal 530 to our line up around 2011. We knew that our customers already had the equipment needed to use the material, we just had to make it available to them! If you have a vinyl cutter and a heat press and have been working with Heat Transfer materials, you really need to try this material. I’ve told many customers over the years to include a decal or two with their heat transfer jobs. The perfect time for this is with a corporate logo or a team sport. After you cut and apply your logos to your polos or jerseys, put in a roll of sign vinyl and cut the logo again. When your customer comes in to pick up their order, hand them them decal you’ve created for them as a complimentary gift. Odds are, you’ll see an order in the near future!! Your cost is only the few minutes it took you to load the material in and prepare the sample. Material cost is pennies.
Add on sales are a big business. Introducing a new product to your existing customers will bring in some extra cash to you and your business!