Types of Transfer

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As a standard flock-in offers the following types of transfer:

Direct Flocking

Direct flocking always uses longer flock fibers of 1.0 mm and more. This results in a distinctive three-dimensional appearance with a very soft textile handle, but the reproduction of sharp outlines becomes more difficult when using longer fibers. Direct flocking is applied on sports textiles, on apparel fabrics, on upholstery fabrics and also on form parts made of diverse materials (e.g. in the automotive industry).

Direct printing

With this type of transfer the colors partly permeate into the fiber, for example when using cotton. This results in a very soft handle of the textile. Direct printing is a standard method in all areas of the textile industry. For all textiles to be worn directly on skin, flock-in only uses dispersions that meet the requirements of the Öko-Tex Standard 100.

Offset nyloflex transfer

This type of transfer is used – like offset plastisol transfer – for the reproduction of photos and fine gradients, only on rain jackets and sports bags. The colors are preprinted using an offset printing machine. Afterwards the (white) “glue” is printed, which bonds the colors to the textile.

Soft transfer (hot split)

Applying soft transfer lets the colors permeate into the fabric structure, but without affecting the soft and comfortable handle of the carrier material. This type of transfer thus resembles a direct printing and leads to a good hiding power on light fabrics. A special variation of the method leads to higher hiding power also on dark textiles. The fabric can be made of cotton or blended fabric. Therefore soft transfer is widely used in many areas of the textile industry.

Offset plastisol transfer

This type of transfer makes it possible to reproduce photos and subtle color gradients. The colors are pre-printed using an offset printing machine, and then the (white) “glue” is applied by silk screen printing. This second step bonds the colors to the textile. Combinations with glitter, metallic, pearl, gold and silver effects are possible. The textile should contain a minimum of 70% cotton.

Plastisol transfer (also known as cold-peel or polyprint transfer)

This type of transfer has a very high hiding power on dark fabrics. When applying plastisol transfer, colors do not permeate the canvas; they are only tied to the surface. This results in a slightly “rubberized” feel and a closed, air-impermeable surface. The textile used should contain at least 70% of cotton.

Flock transfer

Flock transfer leads to velvety textile surfaces. A three-dimensional look and the high hiding power on dark fabrics are typical for this type of application. Flock transfer is used in the textile industry and in the sportswear sector. The substrate used for flock transfer should at least contain 60-70% of cotton or consist of synthetic material (polyester).

You want more? Then meet us personally and we will show you more creative finishing techniques and practical examples. flock-in provides all services as design, printing and finishing from one single source. Together with capable partners we are able to assume the complete management of your projects. We look forward to your request.

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