Heat Press Settings Guide

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Use the following information as a starting place. Producing high quality products is all dependent on using suitable substrates, a calibrated heat press, smart color management, following manufacturer guidelines, testing and practice!

If you are having difficulty or the substrate is not listed below, contact your reseller or the substrate manufacturer for their specific recommendations.

 

Substrate Press Time Temperature Pressure Tips/Comments
Ceramic Mugs 150-210 seconds 350-400°F 40 psi (medium) Time varies with press. Press into silicon pad. Mugs should be cooled down after transfer paper is removed in either a bucket of warm water or using a cooling plate.
Polyester Fabric 35-45 seconds 410°F 40 psi (medium) Pre-press your shirt for 3-5 seconds to eliminate moisture. Tack spray transfer and use blow-out sheet to avoid ghosting.
Vapor Apparel 45-55 seconds 380-390°F 40 psi (medium) See vaporapparel.com for tips on reducing press lines.
Mousepads (Polyester Fabric) 45 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium) Look for a tight knit and high white point for more brilliant color.
Metal (Unisub Brand) 60 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium) Use blow-out paper. Remove plastic coating before pressing.
Metal (Other Brands) 60 seconds 375-400°F 40 psi (medium) Time varies with metal manufacturer (always consult your manufacturer for correct time and temperature settings). Place absorbent sheet on the bottom of the heat press. Then, place product transfer side DOWN on top of the absorbent sheet.
Outdoor Metal Panels 60-90 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium)  Time varies with metal manufacturer (always consult your manufacturer for correct time and temperature settings). Place absorbent sheet on the bottom of the heat press. Then, place product transfer side DOWN on top of the absorbent sheet.
Unisub Products 60 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium) Remove plastic coating. Tear transfer paper away immediately after pressing.
Fire Retardant Plastics 40-75 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium)  Remove plastic coating. Tear transfer paper away immediately after pressing.
Glass or Ceramic Flat Tiles 300-720 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium) Time varies depending on the tile type and size. Always consult your manufacturer first. Press tiles from back (transfer side down). Press into silicon pad.
Stainless Steel Tumbler 60-90 seconds 325°F Heavy These are the recommended settings when using a mug press. If you are using a convection oven, settings will vary depending on the oven being used.
Glass Cutting Board 180 seconds 400°F 40 psi (medium) Time varies with press. Use a silicon pad (at least 1/8 of an inch) for padding.

 

If you are experiencing issues or have further questions regarding the press process, please contact our Sawgrass Care Team for assistance.