Q&A: Are heat transfer t-shirt graphics durable?

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Posted on Sunday, January 22nd, 2023

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Readers want to know:

“Are heat transfer t-shirt graphics as durable as screen printed? What’s the best way to produce them?”

This reader says he would add a heat press and do short-run t-shirts in house if he could be confident they would last. He’d like to know what experience others have had with doing heat transfer shirts and what products they prefer.


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john mccarty
john mccarty
3 days ago

in addition to signs I have been screen printing shirts for 38 years. I finally broke down and started heat pressing names and numbers on uniforms and simple one color small runs that never justified the time to make and set up a screen. I was impressed by how well they bonded at first but over time I have seen a few starting to get edges rolling up so I would never promote them as anything other than a temporary or promotional type product. Screen printed designs if done correctly will hold up beyond the life of the shirts, transfers I feel are limited. The creativity part is also a factor, cutting out and weeding fine detail is an issue plus doing multiple colors is time consuming.

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