Frequently Asked Questions


Can I transfer onto dark shirts?

Yes! We have a two, TransTech IJ Single Step Dark for Ink Jet Printers Ink Jet Printer  and TransRoyal DARK for Color Laser Printers Color Laser Copiers. Each has a one step process that saves time, money and nerves! Because it is one layer of material, the old problem of first putting down an opaque product and then transferring on top of it is eliminated. Each transfer is simply printed Face Up, (NO Mirror Image Printing). Then trimmed so that only the printed transfer is left. The backing sheet is then peeled from the printed transfer, like a sticker. You place the printed transfer Face UP on your dark fabric, cover with a Teflon Sheet and heat press for the recommended time and temperature for each type transfer paper.

Can I use my ink jet printer to transfer onto mugs and tiles?

Not using any standard ink jet heat transfer papers. Using Color Laser heat transfers for hard surfaces will give you results which are resellable.
How can I transfer onto tiles, mugs, license plates, ceramic ornaments or other hard surfaces?

Using a color laser printer and FlexiTrans H/T H/S transfer paper, you can accomplish this task. It involves using a Thermal Pad and a flat heat press or a special mug press.

Can Ink Jet transfers be used for something other than T shirts and mouse pads?

Yes. You can transfer onto wood, Poly fabrics, most anything that is flat and somewhat porous. As long as it can withstand the high application temperatures of 350ºF or more.

What is the best ink jet printer to use for transfers?

Our experience is that the Epson line provides excellent image quality and better wash ability than either Canon, Lexmark or HP. Be aware that in the past HP inks in particular, vary from printer type as well as from what country the ink was made in, causing quite a variation in wash results.

What Color Laser Printers can be used to make transfers?

Most Color Laser Printers which use a powdered toner can be used. But not all papers work in all printers, so some test printing of heat transfer papers may be necessary.
Multi-Function Machines are NOT recommended. Generally most printers made by Konica/Minolta, Xerox, Okidata, Canon, HP, Brother, Ricoh and Savin are OK. If you are in doubt, call technical support at (603) 726-3800 or email info@transfertechnology. Some of the newer printers run too hot to accept older type laser transfer papers. New papers are available, Color Laser Heat Transfer Papers.
Can I use transfer paper in a black and white laser printer?

No. Their fusing section runs to hot and melts the polymer coating on the paper.

What makes the best heat transfer? Color Laser or Ink Jet?

The newest Color Laser heat transfers actually wash better than the existing Ink Jet transfer papers. But the Ink Jet transfer is softer to the hand after it is washed compared to the Color Laser transfer. Although Ink Jet printers are inexpensive, the cost to make a transfer however is much greater. Both for the paper as well as inks that are used. Additionally, the Ink Jet printers are considerably slower than Color Laser printers. If you are going to be making a more than part time effort at decorating items for resale, we recommend Color Laser printing. They give you the ability to print on almost anything, including ceramics and the cost for Color Laser printers is now under $800.

My Ink Jet transfers are peeling off after washing. What am I doing wrong?

Most likely it is that you are not using enough Time, Temperature and/or Pressure. If you are using a hand iron, set the iron to cotton setting and be sure to place the garment on a table at waist height, so you can put two hands on the iron and put some body weight behind it to put heavy pressure on the garment.

If you are using a heat press, set it for heavy pressure, so that it takes good effort to close the press. Also, make sure your press is actually at the temperature that the thermometer say it is. These therometers have been known to be off 40 degrees! To test the temperature, get Paper Test Strips (we sell them) and test the press.

My Color Laser heat transfers are peeling off after washing. What am I doing wrong?

Most likely it is that you are not using enough Time, Temperature or Pressure. Or a combimation of them.

Using a heat press, set it for heavy pressure, so that it takes good effort to close the press. Also, make sure your press is actually at the temperature that the thermometer say it is. These therometers have been known to be off 40 degrees! To test the temperature, get Paper Test Strips (we sell them) and test the press. It is most likely a combination of the lack of Time and Temperature, so an increase of both in increments of 10 seconds and 10 degrees usually solves this issue.

I am having a problem transferring onto tote bags. What is the secret?

First, you should choose the correct transfer paper/bag combination. You want a paper with the heaviest coating to go into the pores of the rougher canvas bags. With ink jet, our Ink Jet III is the best choice. With Color Laser heat transfers, TransRoyal INNEO is the answer. But for tote bags we have found that lowering the temperature to 380ºF and pressing for 50 seconds works best. Remmber the smoother the fabric, the easier the process. Another problem transfering on tote bags is with the side gussets. You must make an insert of a firm material, such as chipboard or even a piece of wood, that raises the area to transfer onto ABOVE the seams of the side gussets. A few extra large trade magazines works well also.

I can't find an answer to my problem, how can I find out more information?

If you are in need of technical support call (603) 726-3800 or send us an email to info@transfertechnology.com with your question, and we will do our best to get you an answer straight away.