Do DTF Transfers Crack?

DTF transfers are known to be durable and one of the most preferred printing techniques. Since it is a new printing technique, there are many questions waiting to be answered. Therefore, whether you are a digital designer or an individual designer in the printing industry, many questions are likely to come to your mind. One of these questions is of course the cracking of the DTF transfer. Because many prints have a tendency to crack over time or immediately. This is not a pleasant situation in terms of use.

What Causes DTF to Crack?

Following the washing, drying and ironing instructions for both DTF and DTG print products is very important for the quality of the prints. Because prints are sensitive to high temperature and high speed wash cycles. Therefore, fading of colors and cracking of inks are inevitable. In fact, if they are always washed under these conditions, the prints will be completely peeled and erased. Therefore, the recommended washing instructions should be followed to avoid cracking and to preserve the prints for a long time.

Is DTF Transfer Prone to Cracking?

DTF transfer is a printing technique that offers smooth and elastic printing results. For this reason, there are prints that offer long-term use. It is not a printing technique prone to cracking as its prints are also crack resistant. Cracks do not occur when the washing instructions in this printing technique, which does not fade the colors, are followed correctly and carefully. For this reason, it is important to wash the garment inside out in cold water. Otherwise, it is inevitable that small cracks will appear on clothes washed in hot water and dried in the dryer.

How Long Does a DTF Transfer Last?

The lifetime of DTF transfers depends on the way they are used and the quality of the products used. However, if we consider that they are made of quality materials, it is possible to talk about a long period of use. Nevertheless, this period depends on how well the user follows the instructions for use. If the user constantly washes the clothes produced with DTF printing in hot water and dries them in the dryer, the prints will be erased in a short time. In fact, the lifespan of clothes used in this way will be shortened in a few washes. On the contrary, if they are washed in cold water and hung to dry, they will last longer. It is always better to use a garment that has been washed according to the instructions for use. Because in this way print clothes can be used for up to 3 years.

What to Do To Maintain the Quality of DTF Transfers?

It is worth mentioning some tips to prevent DTF transfers from cracking.  Below is information about the most important of these instructions recommended for these transfer films:

  • Store transfer papers in a dry place otherwise they may peel off prematurely.
  • Store transfer films at room temperature.
  • Protect from direct sunlight as fading and adhesion problems may occur.
  • Store transfers on a flat surface because they may curl over time.
  • Do not stack transfers on top of each other. This is to prevent the transfers from sticking together.
  • Take care to use within the time period specified in the storage conditions. Otherwise the inks may deteriorate and may not produce the results you want.
  • If the transfers do not stick and peel off after a while, they are old. For this reason, you can achieve better quality results by purchasing new transfer products.

These are all recommended guidelines for DTF transfer to ensure successful designs. After printing, users are also advised to follow the washing, drying and ironing instructions.

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