October '14

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9 2 | Printwear O ctO b e r 20 1 4 The 2014 Q&A TroubleshooTing guide How can I reduce a static charge in transfer paper during the printing process? Deposit a suitable anti-static liquid product onto a 100 percent cotton cloth and rub it onto the outer and inner surfaces of the entire screen mesh before printing. This is enough to last for a few hundred sheets be- fore you need to start the process again. Chris PluCk, insta GraPhiC systems Can I use a plastisol heat transfer as a background for a multimedia design? What other processes can I use on top of the transfer? You can embroider or screen print on top of a plastisol transfer. If the artwork for the transfer is created with open spaces free of ink, rhinestones and rhinestuds can be dropped into these spaces although they must still be adhered to the shirt itself. Frank Gizatullin, the Wild side, GrouPestahl How do I avoid getting heat press lines on garments? If you're sublimating on performance ap- parel, you can use a foam kit. Performance fabric is more reactive under heat compared to cotton or cotton/polyester blends. You can repeatedly use the foam kit but only to a limited extent. When the foam remains compressed from repeated uses, it's time to replace it. When applying transfers on standard garments, such as a 50/50 blend or 100 percent cotton, a rubber-based pad kit is the preferred product because the natu- ral, open-cell rubber is more robust and holds up longer for repeat- ed uses. These kits come in many dimensions for just about any transfer-appli- cation size. hoWard Gerson, BestBlanks.Com > heat Transfers Q&A Avoid heat press lines with a foam kit or rubber-based pad kit. (Images courtesy of beSt-

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