Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl Instructions: The Step-By-Step Guide to Use Reflective Heat Transfer


"In this article, we will show you how to use reflective heat transfer vinyl. We will cover everything you need to know about it, from choosing suitable reflective heat transfer tapes, setting appropriate temperature and pressure for different ironing equipment, applying reflective heat transfer tape onto clothing, etc. By the end of this guide, you will have a comprehensive understanding of iron on reflective vinyl."

how to use reflective heat transfer vinyl

What is reflective heat transfer vinyl?

Reflective heat transfer vinyl also called reflective HTV, is composed of PET protective film liner, micro glass beads, and hot melt glue. The micro-glass beads will reflect light and become highly visible at night. You can purchase it by the roll or cut it into various logos, letters, and heat press them onto the T-shirts, jackets, bags, etc.

There is a wide variety of reflective heat transfer vinyl in the market. Before selecting reflective iron-on tape, you should know where you will use it.

what is reflective heat transfer tape

How to choose reflective heat transfer vinyl?

The reflective heat transfer vinyl can be applied to different base fabrics. You'd better choose the right heat transfer vinyl according to the different base fabrics.

  • Silver/grey reflective heat transfer tape

    Silver/Grey Reflective Heat Transfer Tape

    Suit for non-stretchable ordinary fabric, EN20471 / ANSI107, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, home wash

  • Flame retardant reflective heat transfer tape

    Flame Retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape

    Suit for firefighter clothing and equipment, flame-retardant, UL certified for NFPA2112, EN469, EN20471

  • Industrial washing silver reflective heat transfer tape

    Industrial Washing Silver Reflective Heat Transfer Tape

    Suit for heavy workwear and functional garments, EN 20471 / ANSI107, Industrial Wash 50 cycles

  • Segmented iron on reflective tape

    Segmented Iron On Reflective Tape

    Suitable for both protective uniforms and sportswear, pattern customized, EN20471/ANSI107

  • Stretch reflective heat transfer vinyl

    Stretch Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

    Suit for elastic fabric, good flexibility, Oeko-Tex Standard 100, home wash

  • Colored reflective heat transfer vinyl

    Colored Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

    Color customizable, perfect for fashionable designs or outdoor needs, home wash

  • Rainbow reflective heat transfer vinyl

    Rainbow Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl

    Can be cut into various logo designs for casual wear or sportswear, home wash

  • Water repellent silver reflective heat transfer film

    Water Repellent Silver Reflective Heat Transfer Film

    Suit for DWR fabric such as waterproof treated oxford, home wash

Do you need reflective heat transfer tape, but aren't sure which type will best meet your needs? Look no further! Chinastars offers free samples of high quality reflective HTV for testing purposes.

Our experienced sales team will also guide you through the process and answer any questions. With our help, you can identify the best reflective HTV to meet your specific requirements. Don't hesitate to try one of our free samples today and see the difference for yourself!


How to use reflective heat transfer vinyl?

The steps for applying reflective heat transfer vinyl onto the fabric are as below:

reflective htv steps

  • 1. Cut the reflective heat transfer material into stripes, or cut into logos;
  • 2. Then move the extra film you do not need;
  • 3. Heating at the required temperature for several seconds at a suitable pressure. Be sure to apply the vinyl side down, pressed against the fabric;
  • 4. Cool the material, then peel off the PET liner.

See the operation in below video:

What temperature and how long do you press reflective HTV?

The temperature, dwell time, and pressure required to vary greatly depending on the reflective HTV and ironing equipment.

Below is an example of using a heat press machine. Remember to test before mass production to get the best heat conditions, even for the same substrates and machines.

Backing Fabric Temperature Dwell Time Line Pressure
Non-stretchable fabric such as polyester taffeta 140-160℃ 8-20s >0.5kg/cm²
Stretchable fabric such as spandex, birdeyes, elastic band, etc. 150-170℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm²
Flame retardant fabric 160-180℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm²
Water repellent fabric such as waterproof treated oxford 100-160℃ 12-60s >0.5kg/cm²
Fabric requires industrial wash 160-180℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm²


Reflective HTV guide summary

We hope that this reflective heat transfer vinyl instruction has been an informative source of help in choosing the suitable reflective heat transfer vinyl and using it for your needs. We are also happy to provide free samples of Heat Transfer Reflective Vinyl for testing purposes.

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