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« on: May 13, 2007 06:38:54 AM »

So I bought the inkjet transfers from bestblanks, the regular light shirt stuff and the addl white stuff for dark tees.

Bought 50/50 cotton/poly shirts which they say are OK to use with their transfers.

I followed the home iron instructions exactly - EXACTLY for the light shirts. Even used foil under in case my iron wasn't hot enough.

After the initial time, I attempt to remove the paper backing. Well, heck this paper is stuck like glue to the transfer. It's stuck better to the transfer than the transfer is stuck to the shirt.

I tried a couple of others using various ironing times and situations. Each time the transfer would not be separated from the paper backing.

Anybody have a clue what's going on? There was no response from the bb guys.
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« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2007 06:41:28 AM »

is your iron too hot? I know this isnt exactly the same, but sometimes when bonding heat and bond, if you iron too long/the iron is too hot, it just refixes itself to the paper unstead of the fabric you are trying to bond it to, and it just becomes gluey and unusable. I would experiment with the excess from your transfer to try and see how long/how hot the iron should be for your transfer.
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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2007 09:15:40 PM »

maybe omit the foil, i don't think your iron could be not hot enough (mm double negatives..)
and let if cool before you remove the paper
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2007 03:33:35 PM »

How would one check the temperature of an iron, anyway?
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« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2007 02:52:55 AM »


you might try a smooth circular pressured movement, even iron coverage normally helps
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« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2007 12:48:44 PM »

I don't really know much about iron on transfers or checking the actual temperature of an iron, but I just thought I would share my own experience with determining if the iron is hot enough yet. My grandmother always taught me to lick my finger and barely tap the iron. If it sizzles its ready. But I'm always afraid of burning my finger, so sometimes I would just spit a little on the iron and if it sizzles, i know its ready. (Gross, huh? I would usually swipe the iron on the ironing board after that so I don't get spit on any clothing...) I know this doesn't really help, but I had to share.
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2007 12:55:46 AM »

Yeah, spit and let the transfer cool down that is my method for succes.
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