Create Plastisol Transfers

March 20, 2012 at 12:39 pm Leave a comment

This screen printing tip was recently featured in Printwear Magazine’s Tips section.

There are a couple ways to create transfers using plastisol inks. The first method is to use a plastisol ink and powder adhesive. Powder adhesives greatly increase adhesion (when compared to inks used without them) and, in most cases, help to increase opacity and wash-durability.

Generally, powder adhesives come in several grain sizes from coarse to fine, and some allow for greater stretch than others. A medium-grain powder will generally work well for most transfers. The smaller-sized grains are great for very fine detailed prints.

The other option is to use a screen-printable transfer adhesive. The transfer adhesive will help with adhesion and stretch. However, when using a liquid transfer adhesive, users must print an overlap of 1/64” over the size of the ink printed. This may show up as a clear border on some fabrics. 

John Hatcher is International Coatings’ Product Manager and has extensive screen printing and business experience.

Convert your plastisol inks into hot peel transfer inks using International Coatings’ 500 Quick Trans Additive

For more on International Coatings’ transfer adhesives and products, visit our website’s Transfer Products page at:

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers.  For more information on our products, please visit our website at

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