Foil is an easy and attractive affect to use when decorating shirts. The flash and brilliance of foil makes a shirt stand out in a crowd and can increase the value of a shirt tremendously. We say foil is easy because if you use the right products it's actually not that hard to do! Foil is best applied through a transfer process on a special foil adhesive but it can also transfer to standard plastisol and special affects plastisol. Foil transfers are fun and can make your customers mouths drop. Foil can be a very lucrative process to add to your printing operation if you are not already doing it.
WHAT YOU NEED. To accomplish foil transfers you'll need the following.
- Of course you'll need the foil itself. Foil comes in a variety of colors, Ryonet's R-Foil comes in 12"x200' Rolls so you have plenty to play with. Foil has two sides, a dull side and a shiny or colorful side.
- Transfer adhesion. Foil has to stick to something, it works best with a foil transfer adhesive, but can also stick to plastisol inks if printed and cured properly. See transfer application instructions below.
- Heat transfer press. Any transfer press should work, see transfer instructions below.
Foil is applied colored side up and aluminum looking (dull) side down. Rub foil with eraser immediately after application to help remove any wrinkles. Allow transfer to cool completely (20 to 30 seconds) after application before removal of foil sheet. Pull foil sheet off slowly. It can be helpful to tint the 3801LF Foil Adhesive, to the color of the foil being applied, with a small amount of conventional plastisol. This process will help to keep small pinholes in the applied foil film from being noticeable. As example: Use a few grams of yellow or gold plastisol in the 3801LF Adhesive when using gold foil. Use a few grams of black or gray plastisol in the 3801LF Adhesive when using silver foil.
280F to 375F (138C to 190C). Try lower temperature first for best results.
T-Shirts = Medium (35lbs)
Sweatshirts = Medium to Heavy (35lbs to 60lbs)
The brightest foil effect will result when the foil is first removed. To achieve a textured matte finish foil, re-seal the garment or hat in the transfer press for 3-4 seconds after the foil carrier film has been removed.
For best durability of the foil after it is applied, it is recommended that the garment be hand washed or machine washed (delicate cycle) inside out and line or air dried. Do not use bleach. Do not iron printed area.