Heat Press Time and Temperature Guide: (Detailed Instruction)

Is it possible to follow only a single chart for heat press time and temperature?

The truth is it not possible to follow same instructions for every type of fabric. You have to follow the specific instructions for every different fabric.

If it would be possible to follow a single heat press time and temperature guide, then it would have been so good for every printing company. But every company follow the different guide for the best output.

Haven’t you thought to give your customer the best?

Obviously, you always think the best for your business.

But do you follow the right instructions?

If you don’t then please go through the article and find out the suitable one pursuant to your demand.

We have made the article for your different choice, demand, and fabrics and we hope this article will help you to run your machine properly.

1. Polyester:

As polyester made fabric are not suitable for high temperature, you can’t press for a long time. And also you can’t make the temperature too high. The temperature should be low and it is highly recommended.

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    Temperature should be at 270 degrees Fahrenheit or 132.222 degrees Celsius
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    Time limit shouldn’t exceed than 10 minutes
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    Have to press firmly
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    Only peel when it is hot

2. High quality:

If your customer wants a high definition, full-color t-shirt delivery then, you will have to set the temperature properly as well as time.

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    305 degrees Fahrenheit or 151.667 degrees Celsius temperature is needed
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    Time limit for high-quality digital print 5 minutes
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    Pressure should be medium
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    Peel out when it is hot 

3. Full color:

If you want a great finishing for full color then, you have to follow the instruction strictly. Otherwise full color won’t be visible to the garment. You can get a vivid design as well as a perfect design if you follow these instructions.

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    Set the temperature for 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176.667 degrees Celsius
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    Best time limit for 10 – 12 minutes
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    Medium pressure is acceptable
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    Remove when it is hot

4. Glitter:

If you want to give your garment textured design along with glitter design, then you can choose heat press method. For that, you will have to follow such instructions.

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    Temperature should be set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176.667 degrees Celsius
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    Set the heat press time for 15 minutes
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    Press firmly
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    Peel out when it is hot

5. Stretch:

If you want to print a garment like swimwear which has a lot of stretches, then you should choose the heat transfer method. You have to follow such instructions to get the best result.

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    335 degrees Fahrenheit or 168.333 degrees Celsius temperature should be set
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    12-14 minutes time limit for heat press
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    Medium press is perfect
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    Peel out when it is cold

6. Vintage look:

If you want to make your t-shirt old and fade and attractive which is mainly called by the vintage look, then you may need to follow this below instructions. Otherwise, you won’t get an antique look for your t-shirt.

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    Temperature should be set at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176.667 degrees Celsius
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    10-12 minutes time for heat press
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    Firmly pressing is preferable
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    Peel out in hot condition

7. Multi-purpose:

Multi-purpose is the most popular as well as bestseller material and moreover many types of design can be done by this. So maybe you are searching for the settings of the temperature and time for the multi-purpose type. Simply try to follow settings.

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    Set the temperature at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 176.667 degrees Celsius
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    Time for heat press 10-12 minutes
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    Medium press
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    Peel out when it is hot

8. Cotton:

The cotton made fabric is popular among the people, especially among the men. 75% cloths of men are made of 100% cotton. The high temperature is suitable for cotton type fabric. So, you may need to know the perfect specification to apply print on the cotton fabric. Here’s given below.

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    380 degrees Fahrenheit or 193.333 degrees Celsius temperature is needed
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    15 minutes time
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    Medium press
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    Peel out when it is hot

9. Basic t-shirts and sweaters:

If you want to make normal t-shirts or sweaters then you can simply apply for heat transfers. But for that, you may know the specifications to apply heat and pressure.

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     Temperature should be at 370 degrees Fahrenheit or 187.778degrees Celsius
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    Time for heat pressure at 10-12 minutes
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    Firmly press
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    Peel out when it is hot

10. Glow in the dark:

There are many designs in the market which glow after exposing to the light. It is not like other type design. You need to follow below timetable and temperature for perfection.

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    Temperature should be at 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 175.667 degrees Celsius
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    Perfect time is 10-12 minutes
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    Press firmly
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    Remove at hot condition

11. Stubborn materials:

In the market, there are such kind s of fabrics which are so much difficult to print and you may need some instructions to print on those type of fabrics. If you are now facing the problem to find the settings, then just simply follow the below instructions.

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    330 degrees Fahrenheit or 165.556 degrees Celsius is perfect
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    15 minutes time is needed
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    Medium pressure
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    At the hot condition peel out

12. Reflective material:

When the material is reflective of safety gear you need to follow the below instructions to get the best result. You have to do this reflective fabric job on vinyl CAD cutter machine.

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    305 degrees Fahrenheit or 151.667 degrees Celsius is needed
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    10-12 minutes time
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    Press firmly
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    At the cold condition remove 

13. Metal like finishing:

If you want to make them look like metal when you will finish printing then you have to follow these steps. These procedures are necessary to make best.

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    Temperature should be at 320 degrees Fahrenheit or 160 degrees Celsius
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    20 minutes time
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    Medium pressure
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    Peel out when it is warm condition

14. Photo transfer on dark:

If you get an order of transferring photo on dark fabric then you have to follow these instructions consciously.

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    365 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Celsius temperature is perfect
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    25 minutes time
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    Press firmly
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    Peel out when it is hot

15. Photo transfer on white:

If you want to make the best on photo transfer on white fabric, then simply follow the below settings and set your machine according to these.

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    385 degrees Fahrenheit or 196.111 degrees Celsius is perfect
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    25-30 minutes time
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    Press firmly
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    Peel out when it is hot

Watch the following video to understand the things easier:

Conclusion:

Now you know the basic time chart and needed temperature for all kinds of fabric. You should apply according to these instructions. Don’t just guess and apply and then check if you are right or wrong.

As you have seen that for every type of fabric doesn’t belong to the same condition. Maybe for some fabric, you have to pull when it is hot and for some types, you have to pull when it is cold.

So, again check the instructions properly and apply them according to your business product.

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