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Plastisol Transfers

Plastisol heat transfers from are screen printed with plastisol ink on a special release paper. Custom heat transfers using plastisol inks give you the flexibility of printing on t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags and more.

Plastisol Transfer Advantages

There are several advantages when considering plastisol heat transfers.

  • Highly opaque on dark fabrics
  • Print on Cotton / Polyester fabrics
  • Apply using a commercial heat press machine
  • Use the same inks as your local screen printer
  • Long Shelf life when stored properly
  • Can be formulated with lower application temperature
  • Are economical to produce

Plastisol Transfer Formulas

There are (5) Spot Color ink formulas available using plastisol inks.

Plastisol transfers are printed as spot color inks, which mean they are made with a solid pigment dye. You can choose from several stock ink colors without incurring any extra charges for custom ink mixing. Plastisol transfer inks can be custom mixed to match a specific pantone ink color, however the color matching may look different on your fabric due to garment dye migration. To help stop the dye migration problem, you can choose a different plastisol transfer formula such as Varsity heat transfers. This formula adds a special dye blocking adhesive which keeps the dye in your fabric from bleeding through the plastisol transfer ink.

How to order Plastisol Transfers

Ordering plastisol transfers is very simple with Simply navigate to the product and choose from one of the 4 sheet size options available. Once you choose the sheet you can determine how many images you want to place on the sheet also known as a Gang Sheet. Simply place your images on the sheet and allow yourself room to cut them apart either with scissors or with a paper cutter. Be sure you save your file with the images embedded before you save. If you need help with your art, you can refer to our art requirements page.

How to apply Plastisol Transfers

To apply Plastisol Transfers you will need a commercial heat press which can provide at least 50 lbs of pressure and at least 375° F of heat. Many “bargain” heat press machines will not work if they can not provide the minimum amount of pressure and heat. The application process with a heat press machine is slightly different depending on the Plastisol transfer formula you choose.

To apply Classic Formula custom heat transfers the application is

  • Temperature 375°F - 385°F
  • Dwell time - 7 to 10 seconds
  • Pressure - 45 to 50 PSI
  • Peel immediately after raising heat platen

To apply Varsity Formula plastisol transfers the application is

  • Temperature 325°F (less for tote bags)
  • Dwell time - 7 to 10 seconds
  • Pressure - 45 to 50 PSI
  • Peel immediately after raising heat platen

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