Vapor Basic Tees

Instruction Details

390°F / 198.89°C
50 seconds
SW10495AH, SW10495AS, SW10495BZ, SW10495NW, SW10495ST, SW10495TM (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Additional Items Needed

Heat Press Method Instructions

Caution, Dark Colored Shirts are not suitable for sublimation.
You can image dark black to a red shirt, but black shirts will just absorb the ink.

1. Cover the bottom press platen with a protective paper sheet.
2. Place the garment, imaging side face up, on the protective paper and lint roll the entire area that will come into contact by the press.
3. Place a piece of protective paper between the layers of the fabric (if applicable) to prevent the image bleeding through to the other side. You also can use Vapor foam for this purpose.
4. Prepress the fabric, let cool.
5. Press and paper lines can be an issue when pressing shirts. Deckle the edges of the transfer.
6. Lightly mist transfer with Adhesive Spray.
7. Place the transfer on the fabric, smooth wrinkles.
8. Cover with protective paper. This paper must cover the entire area of the material that comes into contact with the heat platen.
9. Press with Temp/Time/Pressure settings listed above.

Press Notes:
Note: For Baby One Piece, follow Basic-T instructions, but be sure to hang snapped crotch off the side of the press.

The buttons on the Vapor polo shirts should not come into contact with the heat platen.

If you are doing the Gaiter or the Arm Sleeves Full-Bleed, use two images and make a sandwich, transfer on bottom, then the Gaiter with protective paper inside and the other transfer on top. Be sure to lint roll both sides. You can also tape the sandwich together. Be sure to smooth out all the wrinkles in the Gaiter. Cover with protective paper. This paper must cover the entire area of the material that comes into contact with the heat platen. Press with Temp/Time/Pressure settings listed above. Flip the sandwich over and repeat the press time.

The dimensional stability of the fabrics makes it very difficult to obtain exactly straight edges, so it is not easily suitable for full bleed; edge-to-edge printing that utilizes specific graphics. You may try the SubliSocks edge roll technique to blend the transfers from each side and prevent white lines. This involves imprinting one side, then, using a cardboard or foam insert cut to fit, put the item on it and slightly roll all the edges so you can faintly see them as you lay the transfer to imprint the other side.

Be sure to position the hood and drawstrings away from the heat platen. The strings will melt, and contact with the hood will cause pressure to be uneven across the front of the shirt. The 6” x 12” Teflon pillow should be used to raise the front of the shirt. Tuck the arms of the shirt under the pillow. This will prevent the armhole elastic from scorching. Finally cover the elastic on the bottom of the shirt with a piece of protective .125” Nomex® felt. This too will help prevent scorching of the elastic.

Small blue or red flecks may appear after pressing. To prevent this apply a sticky lint roller prior to and after pre-heating. Sometimes these flecks are persistent. In this case, try preheating with a sheet of first run laser paper (not recycled) and discard it after pre-heating. You also can try rubbing a dryer sheet over the imaging area prior to transfer.

When pressing a small transfer onto fabric you might try placing a mousepad beneath the surface of the area accepting the transfer – for example if a logo is to be pressed on the pocket of a shirt, place the pad between the two layers of the shirt underneath the pocket area. Cover the mouse pad with protective paper. Too much pressure and time may “imprint” the shape of the mouse pad onto the fabric.

Should you see scorching after transfer, spray a 50%/50% mixture of peroxide/distilled water onto the substrate while it is hot. If it has already cooled, then simply reheat and spray.

Should you see a yellow discoloration after transfer to 100% polyester, spray the affected area with OxyClean, then rinse and dry with a hair dryer.

Do not use chlorine bleach on any of these fabrics.

Do not use dryer sheets.

The dye of colored shirts can transfer to the Teflon pillow or the protective paper. Be sure to keep the Teflon clean using a solvent like Windex. For protective paper, simply discard it if you see colors that have bled through.

Here are some friendly hints to minimize production issues when sublimating Vapor Apparel garments.
Consider Your Humidity - Low humidity can really hinder productivity and increase your error rates. Increased static can cause loose fiber and other third party particles to cling to blank polyester garments more than normal.
• Keep humidity above 50%. Whenever possible a small humidifier can be beneficial
• Use lint rollers to remove third party particles prior to pressing
• Store Garments in areas with higher humidity
• Focus on cleanliness. Keeping your pressing area clean is worth the effort. The less particulate and dust, the better off your pressing team will be.

-NOTE: ALL sewn items (shirts, flags, tote bags, huggers, etc.) vary in size and shape to a small degree and may not have perfect 90° corners and may not have perfectly straight edges. Please allow for a +/- 1” tolerance.

Vapor Apparel certifies garments with PURE-Tech, MShield, UPX 50+ and Sublimation Certified designations.
Click here for explanations of the certifications.


Heat Press Pressure Cheat Sheet

Press Dial Level
Average Human Resistance Felt
Contact Pressure
10-15 psi
1 on press dial
Where the platen just makes physical contact with product
Light Pressure
20 psi
2 on press dial
Resistant with one arm pressing down, easy with two arms
Medium Pressure
40-60 psi
3-5 on press dial
Resistant with two arms pressing down, doesn't require usage of shoulders
Heavy Pressure
80 psi
6 and up on dial
Very resistant with two arms pressing down, requires lifting of elbows and shoulders to lock in place

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