A majority of the printing Indigo Clothing does for clients is screen printing but from time to time certain products or logos are better suited to using the transfer printing method which involves heat pressing flex, plasitol, foil, flock or CAD-cut vinyl onto garments.
When to use transfer printing?
- Individual Names and Numbers
- One-off samples for client meetings or press events
- Multicoloured logos that need to look bright and bold
- Nylon fabrics – waterproofs, hi-vis jackets, umbrellas
- Lycra(R) or Spandex sports and leisurewear
- Flock effect – luxurious velvet-like pile transfer
- Metallic effect – high gloss metallic print
How our Heat Press works
Indigo heat presses inhouse using the latest 40x50cm magnetic clam presses from Stahls. Unlike screen printing, where the ink absorbs slightly into the garment, transfers sit on top of the garment. This means they look sharp and bright because the garment base colour does not affect the design. A transfer can be made in a number of different ways and then is applied to the garment using a heat press. We normally use ‘cold peel’ transfers so the garment is left to cool and then the backing paper is removed, leaving the transfer bonded to the garment.
If you are interested in the process and want to see it in action, check out this short (American) promotional video from Stahls:
Are transfers durable?
Not as durable as screen printing though the technology has come a long way in recent years. Transfers are fully wash and colour fast to 40ºc in all popular washing products, can be dry cleaned and even tumble dried at low temperature.
Transfer Print Prices
We are working on putting a price list here – in the meantime contact us.