When To Use Which Adhesive Powder For Transfers

October 7, 2014 at 8:00 am 2 comments

InstaSeahorseTransfer2When do you use fine-ground adhesive powder as opposed to the medium or coarse ground?

One of our customers asked us this question regarding the various adhesive powders we offer for creating heat transfers.  Here is Kieth Stevens’ tip, recently published in Printwear:

As a rule of thumb, the finer the detail on the transfer, the finer the adhesive particles should be. For example, fine-particle adhesive powder should be used when the transfer is a high-definition graphic or has fine details and edges.  When the transfer is then pressed in the heat press, the fine-granulated adhesive powder melts more evenly and doesn’t spread to harm the fine lines or tonal effects of the graphic.

The medium- and coarse-size adhesive powders can be used on transfers with larger areas where fine-line imaging is not required.

Transfers courtesy of Insta Graphic Systems’ High Density II line.  Printed using International Coatings’ inks.


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 www.iccink.com.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Jason  |  October 6, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    I e had decent results with coarse but horrible wash testing with the fine. Any ideas on why that is? Do you carry the mix in glue coarse I’m hating the powder! Lol


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