Heat Press FAQs
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Why are Heat Presses recommended?
The Heat Press is used to press transfers onto a printable substrate (such as; Cotton or Polyester). By using high temperatures and strong pressure, the transfer is permanently embedded into the substrate.
We recommend the use of quality Heat Presses for professional & consistent results.
Preparation Checklist before you start
- Remove any teflon or cotton cover from the upper and lower plate.
- Pre-Heat your heat press. It is not enough to wait until the heat has reached the needed temperature and you close it for some seconds. It is very important that the lower metal plate is hot. To be sure that you have reached the right temperature, try to touch the lower metal plate. If you are not able to touch it longer than 1 or 2 seconds, your heat press is ready for the transfer.
I have a manual heat press. What does low, medium, high and maximum pressure mean for me?
- Low pressure means that you can close your press easily. (1 – 2 bar / 14.5 – 29 psi)
- Medium pressure means that your press is closing with a normal resistance. (2.5 – 3.5 bar / 36 – 50 psi)
- High pressure means that you have a very high resistance when closing your heat press. (4 – 5 bar / 58 – 72.5 psi)
- Maximum pressure means that you hardly can close your press. (5 – 6 bar / 72.5 – 87 psi)
What items can be heat pressed?
Below are some of the most common items or applications that are used by heat presses. The full list of applications are endless.
- Ceramic Plates
- Mouse Pads
- Tote Bags
- Jigsaw Puzzles
- Paper Products
- Fabrics & Materials
- and the list goes on…
How do I press the A-Foil & B-Paper together?
Follow the Steps in our transfer preperation instructions.
I have one or more holes in my design after marrying A and B.
Check your rubber pad for cracks and holes. These areas will absorb the heat more than intact areas. This causes an incorrect transfer.
I have got some kind of white clouds on my A-Foil after transferring B-Paper on it.
These clouds can appear if you are using too much pressure and/or the closing mechanism of your heat press does not works flat.
If it is closing with a sliding movement, please check the press to avoid it.
Always when I separate B-Paper from A-Foil some parts stay on the B-Paper.
This happens if your design has too big closed areas. Laser-Dark (No-Cut) LowTemp works perfect for vector designs and designs which need to be cut normally. If you anyway want to use a design with big closed areas, increase the time from 90 to 120 seconds.
The paper is not sticking or the toner not transferring completely.
This happens mostly with cheap heat presses.
The heat storage and pressure of them are too low.
- A good press should consume about 2000 to 2500 watts in order to guarantee fast reheating.
- There are no cheap alternatives to measure pressure, without having this feature built into the Heat Press.
- For consistent results, we always recommend using the FOREVER 728 Heat Press.
My transfer is peeling off around the edges. Why?
If this happens you have not pressed hard enough for long enough. You need to make sure that your heat press has enough pressure around the edges and not just in the middle. Also, fix the corners of your transfer on your shirt with a heat resistant tape to avoid that the corners flick up during the heat press opens.
Please visit our Printing Instructions page to find out more information.
After pressing my design on the shirt, the colors are becoming darker. Why?
Check the pressure of your heat press. Too much pressure will cause that the colors will mix more with the shirt.
Decrease the pressure to avoid that.
The Toner of the A-Paper do not stick completely on my Waterslide paper.
The bottom plate of the heat press needs to be the same temperature as the top plate. By making sure to pre-heat your Heat Press before use. You will remove any transfer issues that may occur.
Why does my Mug Press show an Error "E1"?
- The temperature sensor could be defective or the cuff not properly connected to the main unit.
- It might also be due to the power supply. Cheap generators produce rectangular grid voltage, the press, however, is designed for sinusoidal, which can destroy the controller!
How to change the temperature setting from °F to °C on my Mug Press?
To change the temperature display from °F to °C, simply follow the steps below:
- Press and hold both “<” and “>” buttons until the disply shows “UNt”
- The display now shows “000” or “001”
- 001 = °C
- 000 = °F
- Choosing one of the following number sets the temperature you need.
- Click “Mode” to complete the steps.
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