What are the recommended time, temperature and pressure settings for ChromaBlast?
|ChromaBlast / ChromaBlast-R (Suggested Press Parameters)
|Temperature||375°F - 400°F||190°C - 204°C|
|Pressure|| 60 psi (High)
|| 4.22 kg/cm2; 4.14 bar
|Time|| 40 sec - 25 sec
|| 40 sec - 25 sec
IMPORTANT: Due to variations in garments and heat presses, these settings may vary. For best results, test
different time / temperature combinations to find one that works best with your garment / heat press
combination. Please note, higher temperatures generally require less time to prevent scorching. An
insufficient time / temperature combination may hinder ChromaBlast from completely curing to the cotton
fibers, thus resulting in wash out.
TIPS & SUGGESTIONS
- Calibrating the heat press is recommended to ensure an accurate temperature. For this procedure, temperature test strips are more accurate than the use of infrared temperature guns.
- Mirror Image – The image becomes reversed when transferred from paper to garment. Therefore, you will need to “flip” or reverse the image before printing to paper. You can easily mirror your image by selecting the “mirror option” in the ChromaBlast Driver or by reversing the image in the graphics software before printing.
- If desired, you may trim the non-printed media around the printed image before transferring to garments. Leaving a ¼” margin around the printed area is highly recommended for light-colored garments.
- If possible, avoid pressing any zippers, buttons or other plastic decorations attached to the garment. The heat and pressure needed to bond the ink to the cotton fabric may cause these to crack or melt.
- In an effort to reduce hand, the transfer should be peeled from the garment immediately after pressing (hot peel). While the fabric is still hot, gently stretch the image area from top to bottom (with the weave of the garment) and left to right (across the weave of the garment).
- If immediately after pressing, the paper is not easily peeled from the garment and resists removal because the transfer is somewhat tacky, increase the amount of cure time.
- If immediately after pressing, the transferred image has a slick or shiny appearance, increase the amount of pressure used.
- Different cotton fabrics will exhibit slightly different results. Please test your fabric before pressing your final design to ensure desired results.