Digital HeatFX EZ Peel Instructions - Learning Center

Digital HeatFX EZ Peel Instructions

Here’s the steps you’ll want to take to get the best results from your Digital HeatFX EZ Peel Papers.

The instructions are designed to be completed in order, so please don’t skip steps.

Step 1

Print your design in mirror image mode onto the frosted side of the A-Film.

Step 2

Please note that the B-Paper is slightly smaller than the A-Film on purpose. This prevents your heat press from getting dirty.

Step 3

Place the A-Film directly on the top of the lower platen (printed/frosted side face up).

Step 4

Place the B-Paper (coated side down) on top of the A-Film.

PRO TIP: Fold over a small corner of the B-Paper to assist with getting the marry peel started later on.

Step 5

Place a sheet of parchment paper over the B-Paper to avoid sticking.

Step 6

Press all together using the parameters listed in the chartat the top of the page depending upon the printer you own.

Step 7

When the time is up, open the heat press and remove the parchment paper. Begin your peel 5-10 seconds after opening your heat press. Do not wait any longer. Separate the B-Paper from the A-Film without lifting them up from the lower platen of your heat press to avoid heat loss. Work in a SLOW AND FLUID motion. DO NOT PAUSE OR STOP once you begin the peel process.

Step 8

Trim your design to remove any residue left behind by the B-Paper.

Step 9

Place the textile/substrate on the lower platen of the heat press. Pre-press it for 5-10 seconds to remove any wrinkles or moisture.

Step 10

Press with the following parameters:

 

Step 11

Carefully remove the textile/substrate from the heat press and allow to cool before peeling away the A-Film. Only remove the A-Film after it is absolutely cold. Failure to do so may result in a faulty transfer. Start from a corner with the most toner coverage and remove the A-Film in one, rapid motion (like a bandage).

Step 12

To ensure wash-ability and a matte finish, re-press your textile/substrate with a piece of parchment paper based on the parameters you used in Step 10. To achieve a more shiny finish, use a Teflon sheet instead of parchment paper.

**Fabric Softener is NOT recommended for use with Digital HeatFX Transfers**

PRINTER SETTINGS

FILE FORMATS

Generally, all common file formats can be used to print with a white toner OKI printer on our transfer media. However, we recommend printing from Digital HeatFX Print Optimizer. Print Optimizer can import most of these popular file formats such as .EPS, .PSD, .TIFF, .PDF, .JPG, etc.

TEXTILE SELECTION

Always select a less stretchy fabric (no spandex or lycra) to prevent cracking when pulling/stretching the fabric apart.

BEFORE YOU PRINT

• Switch on your device.

• Go into the Calibration Menu, select Reg. Adjust and confirm to correct the color registration.

• Print a test design, preferably, with the primary colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black/White.

• A worn drum may lead to poor toner coverage. When the message “Image drum near end of life” appears, we recommend that you observe the print quality of the respective color closely and to have a spare drum on hand just in case.

HEAT PRESS

Remove the Teflon wrap from the upper and lower platen of your heat press.

     Reason: Teflon absorbs too much heat and leads to faulty and inconsistent results.

Make sure that your silicone pad is faultless and is glued to the lower platen.

     Reason: If the upper and the lower platen of the heat presses are not touching each other in a pure vertical movement, but also partially in a horizontal (slide) movement, this may lead to incomplete transfer of the B-Coating to the A-Film, especially in large, full-scale designs or pictures.

Make sure that the press has reached the set temperature on the heat platen. Then, close your press for 30-60 seconds to pre-heat the lower platen. This step should be done before beginning to work or after long breaks.

     Reason: If you follow the above step, you can be sure that the lower platen definitely has the desired temperature. You can only reach consistent results with an adequately heated lower platen.

The bottom silicone pad of your heat press should not be too soft.

     Reason: Extremely soft silicone pads might lead to problems in the separation of A- and B- media.

Always place the transfer media in the middle of your heat press.

     Reason: Some heat presses do not have uniform heat and pressure distribution on the edges. The further you go to the edges, the more likely processing errors will occur, due to the lack of pressure on/around these areas.

SEPARATION OF A & B MEDIA

It is necessary to leave the A & B Media on the press during the separation.

     Reason: Otherwise, cold air will flow under the media and will cause the transfer to cool down rapidly. If the media cools down too fast, parts of the design may transfer from the A- Film to the B-Paper which is not desired.

Do not separate the A & B Media with a harsh movement.

     Reason: A separation done too quickly may lead to torn-out areas on round edges or other critical areas in your design.

Separate the A & B Media in a flat and constant motion.

     Reason: When the media remains flat on the press the separation works perfectly.

TRANSFERRING TO THE SUBSTRATE

Remove substrate from the heat press carefully.

     Reason: While opening the press or removing the substrate from your press, the corners of the A-Film may lift up from the fabric. This leads to undesired hot-peeling and to incomplete and faulty edges.

AFTER THE APPLICATION

Peel the A-Film when absolutely COLD.

     Reason: If you remove the A-Film while still warm, it will lead to an incomplete and faulty transfer.