APPLYING VINYL LETTERING
Set press application temperature at 315°F. BUT CHECK YOUR PRESS! Temperature controls of individual machines vary. Make tests with scrap lettering and old jerseys. Try several temperatures and keep a record. When you find the right temperature for your press, make a permanent record.
When the vinyl lettering is correctly positioned on the jersey, apply firm pressure and heat for 30 seconds. NOTE: If lettering edges start to bleed—that is, the lettering loses its straight edge—reduce temperature 10°F.
The "No Bubble" Way to Apply 2-Color Vinyl Lettering
1.Insert Teflon pillow in jersey. Position bottom color on jersey. Use normal application temperature of 315°F. with firm pressure but for only 15 seconds.
2.Remove paper from bottom color. Position top color over bottom color. You already have the components.
3.Cover lettering with Finish Paper or Teflon-coated fiber glass sheet. Close press for 30 seconds at normal temperature.
4.Remove jersey from press. Leave Finish Paper or Teflon sheet in place, covering lettering. Rub paper or Teflon with damp cloth or moistened blackboard eraser until covering material is near room temperature.
5.Remove paper from top color. Result should be perfect-no bubbles.
Assure Perfect Vinyl Lettering
Pre-heat each garment in the press for 10 seconds just before applying letters and numerals. This flattens out wrinkles, and eliminates moisture in the fabric.
A Cure-All for Vinyl Lettering Problems
A Teflon pillow can make all the difference between vinyl lettering success or failure; between high speed or tortoise-like pace. It is a 1-inch thick piece of polyurethane foam, about the size of a jersey’s body, wrapped in a sheet of Teflon-coated fiber glass. The benefits:
It’s easier to spread the working side of the jersey flat, to eliminate wrinkles.
Wrinkles from the “other side” of the Jersey are not pressed into the lettering. BUT NOTE: when applying vinyl to the back of any V-neck jersey or to ANY very small jersey, put a piece of masonite inside the Teflon wrap, next to the “other side”. The neck binding can press through the pillow to damage the vinyl lettering.
During application the special adhesive bonded to the vinyl lettering will seal itself into any fabric it touches. The Teflon spreads the adhesive so that it encapsulates the jersey’s threads assuring an excellent bond.
For sleeve numbers, we use a specially cut Teflon pillow.