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Reflective heat transfer vinyl (HTV)

Reflective heat transfer vinyl or reflective HTV for short 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. It can be cut into certain patterns, weeded and heat pressed on various fabrics. The raw materials are ecologically inert, do not contain PVC or heavy metals, in accordance with Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

Grey/Silver Reflective HTV

Grey/Silver Reflective HTV appears gray/silver color in daylight. The micro-glass beads are semi-coated with aluminum and are highly reflective. A self-adhesive sticky liner helps to fasten the letter onto the liner which makes the cutting and weeding process easier, especially for intricate and complex designs. It also helps to fasten the logos onto the fabric during the heat transfer process.

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  • CSR-4002T

    Color:
    Grey
    Liner:
    0.1mm sticky
    Reflection:
    >260

    Economic grey

  • CSR-4003GD

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.14mm
    Reflection:
    >420

    Highly reflective

  • CSR-4003AEM

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.1mm sticky
    Reflection:
    >260

    Economic silver with sticky liner

  • CSR-4003AM

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.1mm sticky
    Reflection:
    >420

    Highly reflective with sticky liner

  • CSR-4003KM

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.1mm sticky
    Reflection:
    >420

    Suit for slight stretch fabric, good durability

  • CSR-4003EM

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.1mm sticky
    Reflection:
    >420

    Suit for elastic fabric, good flexibility

If your base fabric is stretchy, like knitted elastic fabric, we also have the stretch reflective HTV (See Item No. CSR-4003EM), which can be cut by laser machine and applied on any stretch fabric.

Color Reflective HTV

Various colors can be customized for reflective HTV, to provide designers with more design possibilities and incorporate color reflective into fashionable designs. When hit by light in the dark, it will reflect in colorful silver and provide wearers with maximum safety. It is widely applied on T-shirts, jackets, pants, bags, backpacks, etc. Perfect for all your outdoor needs.

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All colors can be customized as per Pantone Colors. Silver is no longer your only option for reflective heat transfers; For bright colors, we attach a white back liner to prevent the dark fabric color from penetrating to the surface.

Rainbow Reflective HTV

Rainbow reflective HTV presents black color in daylight and reflects rainbow aurora colors at night, which is even more striking and eye-catching. It can be cut into various logo designs for casual wear or sportswear to get increased brand awareness.

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Printable Reflective HTV

Reflective HTV for screen printing is suitable for making small size fine graphics with thin lines. You can customize adhesives to fit different base fabrics. Thicker plastic film carriers won't curl easily when screen printing. Silver aluminum-coated reflective HTV can make highly reflective silver logos, patches, letters. Clear reflective HTV for screen printing can be used to make colorful reflective logos with small MOQ.

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  • CSR-1303-6Z

    Color:
    Silver
    Liner:
    0.14mm
    Reflection:
    >260

    Good for silver printing

  • CSR-1303-7Z

    Color:
    Clear
    Liner:
    0.14mm
    Reflection:
    /

    Good for color printing

Reflective heat transfer tape (Iron on tape)

Iron on/heat press/heat transfer reflective tape is composed of micro glass beads bonded to heat-activated PES/TPU adhesives. It can be cut into strips of different widths and heat-pressed onto various base fabrics.

Standard Iron on Reflective Tape (Home Wash & Non FR)

Various Home wash & Non FR reflective tape to choose from. Each suit different base fabrics and meet various requirements.

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  • CSR-4002

    Color:
    Grey
    Reflection:
    >260
    Domestic Wash:
    15
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    NO

    Economical

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  • CSR-4003AE

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >260
    Domestic Wash:
    15
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    NO

    Silver Economical

  • CSR-4003

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES

    EN/ANSI Rated, Non-stretchable

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  • CSR-4003E

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES

    EN/ANSI Rated, stretchable

    Technical Data Sheet
  • CSR-4011

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES

    Suit for Waterproof / water repellent fabric

  • CSR-4003-Z

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES

    Low melt point, suit for fabric that can’t endure high temperature

Flame Retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape

FR reflective heat transfer tape is UL certified for NFPA2112, EN469, EN20471, suitable for applications for firefighting and technical rescue clothing and equipment. We offer multi-customized design possibilities to provide more breathable and comfortable wear experience.

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  • CSR-4003FR

    Color:
    Silver
    Pattern:
    Solid
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4003FR
  • CSR-4014

    Color:
    Yellow-Silver-Y
    Pattern:
    Solid
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    25
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4014
  • CSR-4015

    Color:
    Orange-Silver-O
    Pattern:
    Solid
    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    25
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4015
  • CSR-4003FR-Z

    Color:
    Silver
    Pattern:
    Segmented
    Reflection:
    >330
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4003FR-Z
  • CSR-4014-Z

    Color:
    Yellow-Silver-Y
    Pattern:
    Segmented
    Reflection:
    >330
    Domestic Wash:
    25
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4014-Z
  • CSR-4015-Z

    Color:
    Orange-Silver-O
    Pattern:
    Segmented
    Reflection:
    >330
    Domestic Wash:
    25
    Flame retardant Reflective Heat Transfer Tape CSR-4015-Z
Industrial Wash iron on Reflective Tape

Industrial Wash Iron on Reflective Tape

Industrial Wash reflective heat transfer tape is ideal for heavy workwear and functional garments which are exposed to industrial laundering, Certified to EN 20471, ANSI107.

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  • CSR-6370

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Dry Cleaning:
    25
    Domestic Wash:
    25

    Industrial washing: 25

  • CSR-6670

    Color:
    Silver
    Reflection:
    >420
    Dry Cleaning:
    50
    Domestic Wash:
    50

    Industrial washing: 50

Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape

Various reflective heat transfer tapes can be segmented to allow better ventilation and get extra breathability. It significantly improves wearers’ comfort in the hot and sweaty environment to avoid overheating and stay cool. Suitable for both protective uniforms and sportswear.

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  • CSR-4003-Z001Y

    Reflection:
    >260
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z001Y
  • CSR-4003-Z002

    Reflection:
    >260
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z002
  • CSR-4003-Z003

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z003
  • CSR-4003-Z005

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z005
  • CSR-4003-Z006

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z006
  • CSR-4003-Z010

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z010
  • CSR-4003-Z012

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z012
  • CSR-4003-Z021

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z021
  • CSR-4003-Z024

    Reflection:
    >420
    Domestic Wash:
    50
    EN20471/ANSI107:
    YES
    Segmented Iron on Reflective Tape CSR-4003-Z024

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Iron Equipments

Reflective heat transfer vinyl is normally applied to substrates by hot pressing or ironing. The commonly used ironing equipment are as follows:
  • Heat Press Machine

    1. Heat Press Machine

    Cylinder or manual type, suitable for iron reflective logo or stripes, easy to use, adjust to proper pressure and pay attention to pressure consistency. For large patch ironing, you’ll need to custom large press machines.

  • Heated Roll Laminator

    2. Heated Roll Laminator

    Suitable for applying on continuous substrates such as webbing, oxford, or tricot fabric tape, and is highly efficient.

  • Fusing Machine

    3. Fusing Machine

    Suitable for continuous ironing of large cut-parts or webbing or other fabric tapes, more efficiency compared with the heat press machine, but will need more professional operation to avoid possible problems such as wrinkles or partially insecure and easy to fall off.

  • Electric Iron

    4. Electric Iron

    Suitable for ironing small volumes or sample testing etc.

Ironing Guidelines

To guarantee the press fastness of reflective heat transfer vinyl, we’ll need to fully melt the hot melt adhesives, press and penetrate it into fabrics, and combine them as one. The three key elements to the ironing fastness are as below:
  • 1. Temperature

    The ironing temperature applied on the hot melt adhesives must be higher than its melting point, so as to soften and melt it into fabrics and be sticky.

  • 2. Dwell time

    The necessary dwell time must be guaranteed to make sure all hot melt adhesives can achieve the above temperature. Please note that it’s not pressing time, but dwell time. The time of the heat plate moving up and down can’t be counted in.

  • 3. Pressure

    Only if enough pressure is applied on reflective heat transfer vinyl, the hot melt glue can be pressed and penetrated into substrates, and at the same time squeeze out the air between, and guarantee the press fastness.

For different heat transfer vinyl and iron equipment, the needed temperature, dwell time and pressure vary a lot. Below is a table of recommended iron conditions of each vinyl and machine for your reference. Always remember to test each time prior to mass production to get the best heat condition, even for the same substrates and machine.

Guidelines for Chinastars Reflective Heat Transfer Film
Products Applications Heat Press Machine Heated Roll Laminator Fusing Machine
Temperature Dwell Time Line Pressure Temperature Rotate Speed Line Pressure Temperature Dwell Time Line Pressure
Grey reflective heat transfer film CSR-4002 Non-stretchable ordinary fabric such as polyester taffeta 140-160℃ 8-20s >0.5kg/cm² 120-140℃ 4-8m/min 4kg/cm² 140-160℃ 12-20s >2kg/cm²
Silver reflective heat transfer film CSR-4003
Color reflective heat transfer film
Rainbow reflective heat transfer film XC8003-A
Segmented reflective heat transfer tape CSR-4003-Z***
Grey reflective heat transfer film for graphic design CSR-4002T Specially made for graphic design for non-stretchable ordinary fabric
Silver reflective heat transfer film for graphic design CSR-4003D
Silver reflective heat transfer film with adhesive protective film CSR-4003-M
Stretchable silver reflective heat transfer film CSR-4003E Stretchable fabric such as spandex, birdeyes, elastic band etc. 150-170℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm² 120-140℃ 4-8m/min 4kg/cm² 150-170℃ 12-20s >2kg/cm²
Silver stretchable reflective heat transfer film with adhesive protective film CSR-4003E-M Specially made for graphic design for stretchable ordinary fabric
Flame retardant silver reflective heat transfer film CSR-4003FR Flame retardant fabric 160-180℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm² 130-150℃ 4-8m/min 4kg/cm² 170-180℃ 12-20s >2kg/cm²
Industrial wash silver reflective heat transfer film CSR6670 Fabric requires industrial wash 160-180℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm² 150-180℃ 4-8m/min 5kg/cm² 160-180℃ 12-20s >2kg/cm²
Water repellent silver reflective heat transfer film CSR-4011 Water repellent fabric such as waterproof treated oxford 100-160℃ 12-60s >0.5kg/cm² 120-140℃ 4-8m/min 4kg/cm² 150-170℃ 12-20s >2kg/cm²
Silver stretchable segmented transfer film CSR-4003E-Z*** Stretchable fabric such as spandex, birdeyes, elastic band etc. 140-160℃ 8-20s >0.5kg/cm² 130-150℃ 4-8m/min >2kg/cm² 150-180℃ 8-20s >2kg/cm²
Industrial wash segmented transfer film CSR6670-Z*** Fabric requires industrial wash 160-200℃ 10-20s >0.5kg/cm² 130-180℃ 3-8m/min >2kg/cm² 160-180℃ 10-20s >2kg/cm²

Iron Instructions

See the article about HOW TO APPLY CNSS REFLECTUVE HEAT TRANSFER FILM.
  • HOW TO APPLY CNSS REFLECTUVE HEAT TRANSFER FILM

    Step 1. Remove adhesive side liner, exposing the dry adhesive. Do not remove the reflective side liner.

  • HOW TO APPLY CNSS REFLECTUVE HEAT TRANSFER FILM

    Step 2. Place the heat transfer film on the fabric with adhesive side down and apply heat and pressure as described below.

  • HOW TO APPLY CNSS REFLECTUVE HEAT TRANSFER FILM

    Step 3. Allow heat transfer film to cool to room temperature. Remove the reflective liner by lifting one corner and pulling (180° angle) in a continuous, smooth manner.

Handling precautions

  • 1. Conditions Test

    The lamination temperature, time, speed, and pressure listed above shall be used as a guide. For each fabric, the proper conditions must be tested beforehand to assure adequate adhesion and physical performance.

  • 2. Flat Surface

    Work on a flat surface where heat and pressure can be applied. Do not heat over seams and stitches.

  • 3. Cover A Cold Cotton Fabric

    It is suggested to cover a cold cotton fabric (around the weight of 150-200g/m²) on the surface when heated with a heat press machine, to avoid fabric blistering due to high instantaneous temperature.

  • 4. Temperature Control

    Do not exceed the lamination temperatures listed above because the clear polyethylene liner may become difficult to remove and affect the physical performance. If high temperatures are required for bond durability, follow lamination steps 1-3 using recommended temperature, remove the paper liner, and then laminate again at the higher temperature (using a non-stick slip sheet or cotton fabric to protect the reflective surface).

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  • 5. Temperature Measuring Points

    Please be noted that different equipment will have different temperature measuring points. The operation temperature refers to the temperature on the surface of hot melt glue.

  • 6. Dwell Time

    The dwell time refers to the heating time on the surface of hot melt glue, which shall not include the time for the plate to go up and down.

  • 7. Preshrinking Treatment

    Some fabrics are heat-sensitive and easy to shrink and shall do the preshrinking treatment before ironing. Otherwise, the reflective heat transfer vinyl will wrinkle because of the shrinkage of the fabric.

  • 8. After-Iron Notice

    Please wait till the ironed product cool to below 70℃ to peel off the protective film (Layer D as shown in photo 1, 2, 3), try to pull in a continuous smooth manner without pauses to avoid pause marks.

  • 9. Handling Environment

    Please handle the reflective heat transfer vinyl in an environment of temperature below 35℃ and humidity lower than 70%. And try to avoid direct contact with sweat, acid/alkaline, water, or solvent.

  • 10. Care Instructions

    Use neutral detergent in hand wash. Do not pre-soaking. Hot water wash is allowed around 40 use detergent that contains bleach, acid, or alkali.

How to evaluate the laminating fastness?

The above-mentioned three elements are inseparable. We’ll need to find the balance point of the three elements on different iron equipment. Normally as we know, the higher the temperature, the longer the dwell time, the larger the pressure, the better the laminating fastness. But at the same time, it will definitely bring a series of problems such as the deformation of substrates and the low efficiency. So how to properly evaluate the laminating fastness is vitally important to guide the iron operation.
  • reflective heat transfer vinyl

    1. Select the proper vinyl

    Before ironing, select the right reflective heat transfer vinyl and make sure it can penetrate and attach firmly onto the targeted substrates.

  • measure thickness of hot melt glue and fabric

    2. Instant evaluation based on thickness

    Use a micrometer thickness gauge to measure the thickness of hot melt glue and fabric separately before ironing. And measure the total thickness after ironing. if after ironing, at least 40μm (or 0.04mm) of the hot melt glue is penetrated into the fabric, then the laminating fastness is definitely good.

  • reflective heat transfer vinyl wash test

    3. Final evaluation by washing test

    The washing test according to EN ISO 6330 standard can evaluate the iron fastness. After certain wash cycles, the vinyl shall not separate and fall off the fabric, and for certified products, the after-wash reflectivity shall be higher than 100 cd(lx.m²).

FAQS

  • 1. How to choose appropriate heat transfer film for our fabric? Are free samples available?

    Yes. Our company can provide free samples for testing. If possible, we'd highly suggest customers send the target fabric to our factory. We'll arrange a technical person to test on it and do a washing test. After that, we'll recommend the appropriate heat transfer film and send samples to you.

    After you heat apply them in your factory, in case you can't do washing test in your factory, you can also send the test samples to our factory for washing test to guarantee the washing fastness.

  • 2. For the same fabric, can we follow the same heating condition as last time?

    No. You can't. Even for the same fabric, the heat condition will be different due to the change of climate, transportation, storage environment, or different batches of the base fabric (esp. for waterproof fabric, the waterproof treatment varies between lots). Please make sure to test before each mass production to make sure we get the best heat conditions.

  • 3. Why does there appear to have a transparent film line along the edge of heat transfer film? And the protective film seems hard to peel off; part of them even stick on the reflective side.

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    Reasons:Lamination temperature is so high as to melt the protective film, which turns into a transparent film line on both sides. The melting protective film becomes hard to peel off or part of them even can't be peeled off.

    Suggestion:
    1.Lower down the laminat1on temperature. If high temperatures are required for bond durability, follow lamination steps 1-3 using recommended temperature and pressure for 2-3 seconds to fix the heat transfer film on the fabric, remove the paper liner, and then laminate again at the higher temperature for suggested duration time (using a cotton fabric to protect the reflective surface).

    2.Choose reflective heat transfer vinyl with a sticky liner instead to avoid this issue.

  • 4. Why part of my reflective logo can't be transferred to the fabric and stuck on the protective film?

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    Reason:Not enough line pressure.

    Suggestion:Increase the pressure. Different types of machines will be quite different in pressure. It is suggested to adjust according to the actual test results. In the below photo, because of the embroidery edge on the fabric, it will take larger pressure to fully heat transfer the reflective logo. And because the customer uses the continuous automatic press machine, it usually needs larger pressure than suggested. The problem solves after he readjusts the pressure.

  • 5. Why did the heat transfer film fall off after only a few washes?

    Reason:Temperature too low or duration time not long enough.

    Suggestion:Use higher temperature or press with longer time (Note: the press time means the actual time to press on the fabric, which doesn't include the time for the platen to move up and down).

  • 6. Why do the fabric and heat transfer film wrinkle after the heat operations?

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    Reason:Multiple reasons can cause the wrinkles, such as temperature too high, or different thermal shrinkage between fabric and heat transfer film.

    Suggestion:First, try to lower down the temperature, see if it solves the wrinkle problem. In case the wrinkle persists under a very low temperature (lower than the suggested lowest temperature), then we consider the possibility of different thermal shrinkage. Heat on the fabric first to allow it to shrink before we apply our heat transfer film.

  • 7. Why there are blisters on part of the heat transfer film after the heat operations?

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    Reason:Temperature is too high, or uneven heating.

    Suggestion:First, try to lower down the temperature, see if it solves the problem. In case the blisters persist under very low temperature (lower than the suggested lowest temperature). then cover a cold cotton fabric on the surface to ensure even heating.

  • 8. Why do scratches appear on the surface of heat transfer film right after I peeled off the protective film?

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    Reason:Very likely, you pause in the middle when peeling off the protective film.

    Suggestion:Try to remove the reflective liner by lifting one corner and pulling (180° angle) in a continuous, smooth manner, to avoid possible pause marks and affect the appearance on the reflective side.

  • 9. How to overlap iron the reflective heat transfer vinyl?

    Suggestion:We don’t recommend overlap ironing. If needs to overlap, we’d suggest using the water repellent heat transfer vinyl, increasing the pressure and extending the dwell time.

  • 10. Why is Ironed webbing partially with poor fastness?

    Reason:For webbing ironing, if the thickness of webbing is uneven, the pressure on the thinner part is less, so the thinner part will have poor laminating fastness.

    Solution:Use larger pressure as suggested to solve the problem.

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