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Reflective Hot Split Transfers

Screen printing reflective hot split transfers is an excellent idea for 100% nylon and 100% polyester jackets, bags, and uniforms. These are all items that will not reflect well when direct printed. You may also hot split transfer the EZ Print Reflecto on 100% cotton and 50/50 blend garments if you prefer this method. Read below for some hot split transfer printing tips and tricks.

Preparing Reflective Ink

The only necessary preparation for the EZ Print Reflecto is stirring the ink. When you stir the ink, you are insuring that the reflective powder and metallic pigment in the ink will be properly dispersed throughout the ink. Using reducers in the ink is not recommended and can effect the ability to cover on dark garments and it may diminish the reflection of the print.

Screen Mesh

Screen printing through an 86 monofilament mesh count is recommended for hot split transfers. Be advised that all mesh counts are not the same. Just because the screen mesh is 86 does not mean that another 86 count screen is the exact same. There is much variance in the industry with thread diameter. This can cause some problems and confusion if you don't realize the problem. If you have a thick thread diameter, the mesh opening may be smaller than necessary for the reflective ink to pass easily. Most 86 mesh counts will work fine with this application but it is something to be aware of if you encounter any problems.

Squeegees

Be sure to print with sharp squeegees within the range of 70 to 90 durometer. Harder squeegees will deposit less ink on the garment but it will likely clear the screen better than a soft squeegee.

Transfer Paper

This is very important to note. The EZ Print Reflecto must be used with a true hot split transfer paper. This is an uncoated paper designed to release 50/50 or 60/40. Hot peel paper and cold peel paper will not actually split the ink enough to expose the necessary amount of reflective powder. If you cannot find hot split paper, the back of many cold peel papers will work as long as it is not double sided.

Adhesive Powder

One Stroke Inks fine adhesive powder is recommended on any substrate you may be printing. The hot split transfers will not stick well without an adhesive powder. Also, the use of coarse adhesive powder or a printable adhesive is not recommended. They may cause the ink to reflect less.

Gelling and Heat Pressing

The ink should be gelled to approximately 240 degrees Fahrenheit or when the ink is just dry to the touch. The paper should be able to be stored but the ink should not be fully cured to the paper. Heat press the EZ Print Reflecto for 7 to 10 seconds at 375 degrees fahrenheit. If you are working with heat sensitive material, you may need to adjust the temperature and lengthen the time. Always pre-test.

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