How to use transfer tape? This article will show you how to get professional results for your vinyl project, and tips and tricks to make it perfect. First of all, you need to understand adhesive vinyl and transfer tape.
Adhesive vinyl has adhesive on one side, which is temporarily covered by the liner. When using an electronic cutting machine such as Silhouette Cameo or Cricut, the goal is to cut the vinyl without cutting the paper backing. After the cutting is complete, the excess vinyl is removed, leaving only the items on the back. This process is called "weeding". Then you can use the transfer tape to transfer the vinyl to the desired location.
What is a transfer tape
Transfer tape, also called application tape, is a paper or plastic film that can be placed on top of a sticker or vinyl sheet to make the sticker easier to apply. The transfer tape helps a lot in the process of moving the vinyl from its backing to the desired location. Transfer tape is only used for adhesive vinyl. Heat transfer vinyl has a transparent carrier sheet attached to the vinyl, which can be used instead. Once the vinyl is cut off, the excess vinyl will be weeded and the item should be left on the backing. Then apply the transfer tape on the item so that when the backing is removed, the vinyl will stick to the transfer tape. Then apply the tape and vinyl to the desired location. Using the application tool, the vinyl should be wiped with enough pressure to adhere it to the application surface and remove air bubbles. Then, slowly remove the transfer tape by pulling down one corner at a certain angle, and slowly observe whether the vinyl is lifted. Do you need transfer tape? Probably. You can move the vinyl from its back to another location without using transfer tape, but if there are any spaces or complex details, it will be very difficult. The transfer tape allows the installer to see exactly where the label is attached, such as windows, car doors, plastic signs or other things you like!
There are many different types of transfer tapes, including paper, plastic, rolls and sheets. At HTVRONT, we use high-quality transparent transfer tape to make it easy to choose. This is suitable for cut-out stickers with many different parts, because it can maintain the position of all the letters and illustrations of the sticker.
Clear or paper transfer tape?
This may be a difficult decision. The main difference is clarity, flexibility and stickiness. Clear lines are easier to see through and can be of great help when trying to line up items or perform any layering. Paper tends to be slightly more flexible and has better workability. The strength of the transparent adhesive is slightly stronger, and it may be difficult to release once it is coated with vinyl. Clear tapes are transparent because they are made of plastic film instead of paper. The transparent plastic structure provides our customers with the required transparency for easy label placement. When the surface of car windshield, water bottle, notebook computer or any other substrate is clearly visible, the installer can clearly see the appearance after pasting. Due to the non-porous plastic material of the transfer tape, we recommend applying the sticker on a clean and dry surface.
How to use transfer tape
To help you understand why the transfer tape is so important to your label, here are the steps to use the transfer tape step by step:
Use Cricut Explore or Silhouette Cameo to cut the file. Use weeding tools to remove excess vinyl.
After preparing the adhesive vinyl to be used, cut a piece of transfer tape that is slightly larger than the design. Paste a small portion of the transfer tape on your design. Remove the backing paper from the tape and place its adhesive side down on top of the vinyl. If your project is large, first peel off one corner of the backing paper and glue that corner to the edge of the vinyl. Then, peel off the backing paper while sticking the remaining transfer tape. This will help prevent bubbles in large projects.
Using a scraper, sanding tool or one side of a credit card, press the transfer tape on the vinyl to make it adhere firmly. Then peel off the transfer tape you just put down-it should peel off your vinyl!
Now arrange the transfer tape and vinyl in the desired position on the project materials. Then place one corner down and the sticky side down, and then slowly press it on the material to make it as flat as possible. Using the same scraper, polishing tool, or credit card, press the transfer tape and vinyl onto the project materials.
Then peel off the transfer tape! Vinyl should apply to your project.
Depending on some factors-the stickiness of the vinyl, the stickiness of the tape, the type of material to be adhered-vinyl may have some trouble sticking-especially in the small pieces or the end of the letter. I usually use my nails to help hold down the edges as I walk around. Slow down, wait patiently, and you will be able to apply vinyl to almost anything!
Ensure that the surface of the project is clean and dry. Use alcohol to wipe clean plastic and glass surfaces.
If the vinyl does not separate from the lining, just sand the lining back to the vinyl and peel it off again.
Be careful if the vinyl is peeled off by the transfer tape, just wipe the transfer tape, then the vinyl back down to the surface of the item, and then peel it off again.
For best results, peel off the transfer tape at an acute angle.