Heat Press Timing and Temperature Guide:
Like with everything else in life, timing is everything when it comes to using a heat press. Depending on what material you’re going to be heat transferring onto, the time that you have to press down is always going to be different. I want to talk to you guys a little bit about the different times based on what kind of garments are going to transfer onto.
If you’re going to be doing a simple heat transfer onto a soft T-shirt, then you’re going to need to press down for about 35 to 40 seconds. You’re also going to want to say your heat press machine to 400°F.
If you’re going to be pressing down on any kind of polyester fabric or mouse pads, you’re going to want to hold down your heat press for about 45 seconds. If it’s a thicker kind of a surface then you’re going to want to do upwards of 55 seconds. Your heat press machine should be set at 380 to 390°F.
If for whatever reason are going to be doing heat transfer onto any kind of metal you’re gonna want to hold down your heat press for about 60 seconds. The temperature the heat press machine is going to vary based on what kind of metal your heat pressing onto. For this I highly recommend that you contact the manufacturer of the metal in order to see what their recommended temperature is. A general consensus is between 375 and 400°F. The majority of the guys that I see are hovering around 400°F.
If you have a heat press machine that’s built to do a heat transfer on any kind of ceramics or mugs you’re going to want to set the heat press machine to at least 350°F. Depending on your heat press machine, you’re gonna maybe have to change the temperature upwards of 400°F. The majority of machines that you can purchase are going to come with a guide when it comes to ceramics. When you’re doing the heat transfer, you’re going to hold down the heat press for about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 minutes. The time is going to vary based on the heat press machine that you have. Again, you’re going to want to reference the guide that came with your machine.
Finally, if you’re going to be doing any kind of he transferring onto glass, you’re going to want to set your machine to 400°F. The time that you’re holding down your heat press is going to be between five minutes and 12 minutes. The time is always going to vary based on the thickness and the size of the glass. Just like when you’re doing heat transfer onto metal, I highly recommend that you contact the manufacturer to see what they recommend.