Chemica QuickFlex as Iron-on T-shirt Film

Blog_QuickFlex_Iron_Header_300x268A while ago we told you about a new and improved hot peel heat transfer film form Chemica. QuickFlex is a great step forward for T-shirt shops who want a super-soft, high volume film. It applies in only five seconds and can be peeled hot, so it’s great for maximizing productivity. It turns out there’s more to the story. QuickFlex is kind of like Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard; it excels at both ends of the floor. It’s like a sports car that gets 40mpg. How so? QuickFlex can also be used in the scrapbook and hobby market as an iron on film. So it’s a boon both to busy professionals and creative hobbyists. There are also benefits between these extremes. If you’re a sign maker who’s interested in exploring custom graphic Tees but aren’t quite ready to break down and buy a heat press, you can use QuickFlex as an iron-on film until you develop the confidence and customer base to justify buying more hardware. Enough about why. Here’s how it works.

Instructions

Like our EnduraTex Iron On film, the beginning steps are the same as those for using ‘T-Shirt vinyl’ with a heat press. Design your spot color vector graphic and place the QuickFlex in the plotter, matte side up. Use a sharp 60° blade. Vinyl Express Q and Graphtec users should start with the force set at about 15. Vinyl Express R Series, EnduraCUT and Roland users should set the force at about 120 grams. Perform a test cut before continuing to make sure you’re getting good cut quality.

Fig 1: Begin with light pressure to activate adhesive. Then apply firm pressure for up to two minutes.

Fig 1: Begin with light pressure to activate adhesive. Then apply firm pressure for up to two minutes.

Remember to mirror the original design either in the software or on the plotter. Cut and weed as normal. Place the graphic on the garment with the glossy self-adhesive carrier facing upward. Set your household iron on the cotton setting and cover the transfer with parchment paper, Kraft paper or thin cotton scarf or handkerchief. Do not use wax paper. It deflects heat away from the adhesive making a poor bond. Don’t ask how we know this.

Begin ironing with low pressure, covering and heating the entire area of the transfer. After a few seconds, you can increase the pressure and iron firmly. One-and-a-half to two minutes should do the trick. Remove the paper, scarf or hankie. The liner can then be peeled immediately or after it cools. Voila! Instant T-shirt transfer. Wash the decorated garment inside-out in warm or cold or warm water. Don’t use bleach and don’t iron the transfer directly after laundering.

Opportunity

Many of our customers are resellers vending their wares online via Ebay, Etsy, Printerest or some other channel. Here’s one more product for your online DIY* portfolio. You can create and sell pre-cut DIY transfers online or sell them to bargain hunters who visit your brick-and-mortar shirt shop. Here’s another idea. A common complaint in the garment decoration business is about requests for free shirts for local and regional non-profit organizations. Instead of giving away completely free decorated shirts, why not offer them free DIY transfers instead. Then the club can have fun together ironing their own transfers on their favorite jeans or tees.

Whether you sell transfers online to hobbyists, housewives and househusbands, or use it to test the waters before buying a heat press, the iron-on option for QuickFlex makes it a uniquely versatile heat transfer film. It’s available in 23 colors in ten and fifty-five yard rolls. You’ll find it here.

 

*Do-it-yourself