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Vapor Bandana Sublimation Instructions


Required Accessories:
PROSPRAY-II, Lint Roller, Nomex Felt

DyeTrans Multi-Purpose or TexPrint-R

PowerDriver Users:
Performance Apparel






Hover transfer under open heat press for 10 seconds to dry excess moisture.

1) Cover the bottom press platen with protective paper to prevent bleed from image.

2) Place the bandana, imaging side face up, on protective paper and lint roll the entire area that will come into contact by the press. Cover bandana with a piece of protective paper to prevent bleed from image. Non-wax coated butcher paper* or first run copier (non-recycled) will do.

3) Prepress the fabric for 5-10 seconds, let cool.

4) Lightly mist transfer with DyeTrans Pro Spray.

5) Place the transfer on the fabric, smooth wrinkles.

6) Cover with protective paper. This paper must cover the entire area of the material that comes into contact with the heat platen.

7) Press with Temp/Time/Pressure settings listed above.

*Gordon Paper Co., Inc. White Tarpon Butcher Paper #661697

Small blue or red flecks may appear after pressing. To prevent this apply a sticky lint roller prior to and after pre-heating. Sometimes these flecks are persistent. In this case, try preheating with a sheet of first run laser paper (not recycled) and discard it after pre-heating. You also can try rubbing a dryer sheet over the imaging area prior to transfer.

When pressing a small transfer onto fabric you might try placing a mousepad beneath the surface of the area accepting the transfer – for example if a logo is to be pressed on the pocket of a shirt, place the pad between the two layers of the shirt underneath the pocket area. Cover the mouse pad with protective paper. Too much pressure and time may “imprint” the shape of the mouse pad onto the fabric.

Should you see scorching after transfer, spray a 50%/50% mixture of peroxide/distilled water onto the substrate while it is hot. If it has already cooled, then simply reheat and spray.

Should you see a yellow discoloration after transfer to 100% polyester, spray the affected area with Oxyclean, then rinse and dry with a hair dryer.

All garments will pill if allowed to dry completely in a dryer. To prevent this, it is recommended that you line dry 100% polyester.

Should you wish to remove pilling, you can use a retail pill shaver, available where fabrics are sold, or a commercial shaver available at most professional laundry and dry cleaning shops.

Do not use chlorine bleach on any of these fabrics.

Do not use dryer sheets.

The dye of colored shirts can transfer to the Teflon sheet or the protective paper. Be sure to keep the Teflon clean using a solvent like Windex. For protective paper, simply discard it if you see colors that have bled through.

Tips For Better Output and Less Fallout - Here are some friendly hints to minimize production issues when sublimating Vapor Apparel garments:

Consider Your Humidity - Low humidity can really hinder productivity and increase your error rates. Increased static can cause loose fiber and other third party particles to cling to blank polyester garments more than normal.

Keep humidity above 50%. Whenever possible a small humidifier can be beneficial
Use lint rollers to remove third party particles prior to pressing
Store Garments in areas with higher humidity
Focus on cleanliness. Keeping your pressing area clean is worth the effort. The less particulates and dust, the better off your pressing will be.

The dog bandanas need at least a 1.5" bleed to accommodate for dimensional tolerances from piece to piece.

Both products are made of the same fabric as the white basic performance tee, so the instructions and care information are the same.

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Updated: July 20, 2015

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