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  • Reflective materials are essential in safety wear. However, these days, the usage of reflective fabric is no longer limited to safety wear. In fact, it now has many applications, which increased its demand significantly. You can now use reflective fabric for fashion, interior designing, upholstery, and accessories.
  • Considering the reflective fabrics’ numerous uses, many companies now manufacture easy to use reflective fabrics. One among these is the reflective iron on. This reflective iron ons is heat-sensitive, making it easy to hot press it on whatever surface or fabric you require.
  • This amazing reflective iron ons comes in different colors and can be customized as required too. Along with this, the reflective iron on offers essential features such as excellent washability, flame retardancy, and, most importantly, amazing reflectivity. We will be talking elaborately about reflective iron on today – read ahead to find out more details.

Reflective Iron On Features

One of the main questions our clients have is this – what exactly are the features of reflective iron on fabric? What exactly makes it different? To answer this, we have listed down the essential features of reflective iron on fabric. Whenever you decide to purchase any reflective iron ons, do make sure you look for these features in it. Let’s get started:

Features of Reflective Iron On

AReflectivity

This is the first and foremost factor that cannot be compromised in any case. When you purchase reflective fabrics, you have to make sure they meet the requirement of the purpose you will be using them for. This is why you need to look for the reflective quotient of any reflective iron ons fabric you decide to purchase.
Reflective iron on is categorized into three categories, on the basis of the color and reflectivity they offer. Typically, the silver reflective iron on displays the reflectivity of 300-400cd/lx/m², whereas the grey counterparts offer a reflectivity quotient of 200-300cd/lx/m². Highly reflective colors render a reflectivity spanning from 60-80cd/lx/m² and the rainbow-colored reflective iron ons reveals 60-80cd/lx/m². Ordinary colors come with the least reflectivity, and it spans from 10-20cd/lx/m² when it comes to these simple, yet highly effective reflective iron ons.

CWashability

Usage of reflective iron ons on industrial or safety gear makes it prone to dust, dirt, and other elements, which may hamper the reflectivity quotient over time. This is why you need to ensure that the reflective iron ons you invest in has high washability.
Every product at YGM is washable and you have three options using which you can wash the reflective iron ons. You can choose to give it an industrial wash, or even opt to wash the fabric at home. The third option was dry cleaning. You can pick a cleaning option depending upon the type of fabric you chose, your necessity, and your preference. The best part about reflective iron ons is that it has a washability of up to 50 cycles.

ECustomizability

Like other reflective fabrics, this reflective iron on material too, is extremely customizable. If you wish to add the logo of your brand to the reflective iron ons, you can do that easily! Secondly, the reflective iron ons is extremely flexible and can be cut as required. You can use the laser cutting method or also choose to cut it into stripes according to your requirements. In any way, the reflective iron ons is super customers bale, making it easy to use and well-suited for a range of creative purposes.

BColour

The amazing part about these reflective iron on materials is that they can be used for a wide range of purposes. The fact that they are available in different colors further enhances the applicability of reflective iron ons. So whether you need the reflective iron ons for industrial, creative, or fashion purposes, the diverse range of colors suffice it all.
When choosing the colors, do keep in mind that the reflectivity varies depending on the color of reflective iron ons you choose. The highest reflecting colors are silver, yellow-silver-yellow, red-silver-red, and lastly, the grey color. The colorful reflective iron ons products offer the least reflectivity and they are well suited for creative purposes only. On the other hand, for safety and industry usage, it is best to opt for reflective iron ons with high reflectivity.

DFlame retardancy

This feature is extremely critical, especially if you are picking the reflective iron ons fabric for your safety or industrial usage. These are high-risk areas and prone to different types of accidents, including fire. Considering these risks, you need to pick a fabric that is fire resistant and offers high flame retardancy.
Do keep in mind that not every fabric is flame retardant – only a few color combinations such as the yellow-silver-yellow or red-silver-red. The other colors are not flame retardant, so pick your material carefully.

FApplicability

You can use the reflective iron on material on basically anything and everything. Apart from safety and industrial uses, the reflective iron ons is also used rampantly in the fashion industry. Wish to glam up your T-shirts, caps, bags, and accessories? Simply add on the reflective iron ons to these fabrics and materials and watch how they glow!
You can easily cut the reflective iron ons with the help of a laser cutting machine or even a knife to give it the desired shape. The material is very flexible and can be easily cut into small, thin pieces too.

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Reflective Iron On Category

We will begin with talking about the range of reflective iron ons we have to offer:

1. High Lusterí»s Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Reflective Iron On

This reflective iron on has a silver color and comes with PES/TPU based backing fabric. It offers a reflectivity of more than 400 CPL, making it suitable for diverse applications. You can comfortably use the PES variant on woven and cotton fabric, whereas the TPU is perfect for hot pressing onto PU or PVC-based fabrics.
At hot pressing temperature, spanning from 125-130°C, the pressing time required is only 8-15 seconds. So all you have to do is make sure you are applying a pressure of 2-3kg/cm2, and your reflective iron on will bind onto the surface in no time!

2. High Lusterí»s Engraving Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Engraving Reflective Iron On

With a reflectivity quotient of more than 400 CPL, this silver-colored reflective iron on features a PES backing fabric. Its good air permeability makes it suitable for lettering and hot pressing on woven, cotton, and other fabrics.
Just like the High Luster’s Reflective Iron On, this fabric also has a hot pressing temperature of 125-130°C, along with a hot pressing pressure of 2-3kg/ cm2. Maintain the required temperature and the pressing pressure, and in less than 15 seconds you will be done with your job!

3. High Lusterí»s Industrial Wash Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Industrial Wash Reflective Iron On

Due to its high-washing performance, this heat-sensitive reflective fabric is perfect for industrial use. It works well with PU as well as PVC-based fabrics and features a backing fabric of TPU. The hot pressing temperature of this product stands at 110-135°C, which is slightly lesser than the previous products.
The time taken to attach this on surfaces and other materials is the same, and you would require around 8-15 seconds for the same. Do ensure to maintain a heat pressure of 2-3kg/ cm2 for quicker results.

4. High Lusterí»s Flame Retardant Elastic Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Flame Retardant Elastic Reflective Iron On

With an exceptional flame retardancy level, this reflective iron on is perfect for usage in high-risk safety gear. It comes in a silver color and features a backing fabric of TPU. Along with excellent flame retardancy, the reflective iron on is also super-elastic. As a result, this fabric works well with elastic and flame retardant fabrics.
The reflective iron ons offers a pressing temperature of 110-135°C as well as pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2. If you maintain both these factors, your job of fixing the reflective iron on on any desired material will be done in 8-15 seconds.

5. High Lusterí»s Elastic Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Elastic Reflective Iron On

This reflective iron ons is backed by TPU and offers a reflectivity quotient of approximately 400 CPL. It comes in one color (silver) and boasts exceptional elasticity. If you are looking for a good quality, elastic reflective fabric, this one would fit the bill perfectly. It is suitable for hot pressing onto PU or PVC fabrics as well as a variety of elastic woven tape.
To affix this reflective iron ons, you need to maintain a temperature of 110-135°C as well as pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2. The time taken to fix this tape on any other material would vary from 8 to 15 seconds.

6. High Lusterí»s Printable Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Printable Reflective Iron On

This reflective iron ons offers a reflective quotient of more than 400 CPL. Silver in color, this reflective iron ons material is well suited for a whole range of purposes, industrial and otherwise. It is particularly very useful for direct surface printing as well as for lettering and hot pressing on woven, cotton, and other fabrics.
It features a PES backing fabric. The pressing temperature of this reflective iron ons material is higher as compared to the previous products and stands at 130-140°C, whereas the pressing time of 8-15 seconds and the pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2 stays the same.

7. High-Lusterí»s Fluo-Yellow Warning Reflective Iron On

High-Luster’s Fluo-Yellow Warning Reflective Iron On

This product offers a lower reflectivity quotient of around 300 CPL and comes in an amazing color combination of yellow-silver-yellow. With a PES backing fabric, this reflective iron on requires a pressing temperature of 130-140°C. With the right amount of pressing pressure (2-3kg/cm2 ), you can affix this reflective iron ons on any fabric or surface in less than 15 seconds.
High flame retardancy and heat resistance are the unique features of this product. Thanks to these tough features, the Fluo-Yellow reflective iron ons is suitable in fields of fire protection as well as in the electrical industry. This material is perfect for hot pressing on cotton, woven, and a range of other fabrics too.

8. High Lusterí»s Fluo-Red Warning Reflective Iron On

High Luster’s Fluo-Red Warning Reflective Iron On

With properties similar to its yellow counterpart, the Fluo-Red reflective iron ons is also popularly used in different types of industries. It also has a backing fabric of PES but comes in the red-silver-red combination. It has an exceptionally high heat resistance level as well as a flame retardancy quotient. This makes it perfect for industrial applications, especially in high-risk fields of work. The material, its texture, and color make it perfect for hot pressing on woven, cotton as well as other fabrics too.
The reflectivity quotient of this fabric stays at 300 CPL, and it features a relatively high pressing temperature of 130-140°C, a pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2, and a pressing time spanning from 8-15 seconds.

9. High Reflective Iron On

High Reflective Iron On

Looking for a product that offers high reflectivity and yet comes well within your budget? Simply opt for the High reflective iron ons we manufacture here, at YGM. This product comes in a grey color, so if the rest of the colorful products do not meet your requirement, this one will.
It has properties similar to the other products, with a heat pressing temperature of 120-130°C and a pressing time ranging from 8 to 15 seconds. All you have to do is ensure to maintain a pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2 to get the desired results.

10. High Reflective Engraving Reflective Iron On

High Reflective Engraving Reflective Iron On

This reflective iron ons features exceptional air permeability and is well-suited for lettering and hot pressing on woven, cotton as well as a range of other fabrics. It features a backing fabric of PES and requires a hot press temperature of 125-135°C. If you maintain a steady pressing pressure of 2-3kg/cm2, you would be able to easily fix this reflective iron ons on any fabric or material of your choice in less than 15 seconds.

11. Color Reflective Iron On

Color Reflective Iron On

As compared to the other products, this material has the lowest reflectivity rate of around 15 CPL. The best part about this reflective iron on is that it is available in many colors (other than the standard grey, silver, and fluorescent) – and this feature makes the color reflective iron on well-suited for a range of industries as well as creative purposes. It can be easily hot-pressed on woven, cotton, and other materials at a pressing temperature of 130-150°C.
Maintaining a pressing pressure of 3-5kg/cm2 is essential if you wish to get the work done in anything between 10 to 15 seconds. The PES-backed reflective iron ons is super quick to affix and goes well with all types of materials.

12. Rainbow Reflective Iron On

Rainbow Reflective Iron On

If you are looking for reflective iron ons material for creative products, this product from YGM is the best choice. It comes in rainbow colors and features a backing fiber of PES. The pressing temperature for this product ranges from 140-150°C, and it requires a pressing pressure of 3-5kg/cm2.
If all the factors are maintained, you can easily affix this colorful, rainbow reflective iron ons on any given material within 20 seconds. Particularly, it is well suited for hot pressing onto fabric such as woven and cotton. This does not mean you cannot experiment with other fabrics – you can easily use this reflective iron ons on a range of fabric types as well as surfaces.

Reflective Iron On: The Comprehensive Buying Guide

In this section, we will be answering anything and everything you need to know about reflective iron ons, its features, advantages as well as uses. Read on to find out more about reflective iron ons:

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What is reflective iron on?

Commonly known as reflective HTV, this fabric is a specialized vinyl polymer that is used on different fabrics, materials, and surfaces to create highlighted patterns on them. The reflective iron ons comes in a roll or sheet package. It also features an adhesive backrest that can be trimmed, weeded, and even placed on a substrate for heat application. Reflective iron on is manufactured in single colors and it also comes in off-beat rainbow-colored varieties.

Let’s understand the structure of the reflective iron on fabric. The very first layer features the backing fabric, which is also known as the hot melt film. Then comes the adhesive upon which the coating layer is placed, Further, you again have an adhesive layer, upon which glass beads are placed. On this, you have the PE film, another layer of adhesive, and finally, the PET film.

Structure of Reflective Iron On
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Why do you need reflective iron on?

Reflective material products play a critical role in road traffic as well as outdoor safety. These days, the usage of reflective iron on is no longer restricted only to standard purposes – it is also being widely used in the fashion industry to jazz up garments as well as accessories. This is also why, nowadays, you have a whole range of reflective products – right from caps, gloves, vests, jackets, hats, and even school uniforms.

The amazing part about reflective iron ons is that it is flexible and can be cut into different shapes, sizes, and designs easily. The material is a beautiful combination of safety, beauty, and fashion, which is why it is widely used now.

What are the benefits of reflective iron on?

Following are the advantages of reflective iron on which make it one of the most popular reflective products:

  1. Non-Destructive

This non-destructive smooth product does not cause damage to the function of the carrier material during the process of application. You can easily hot-press the reflective vinyl onto waterproof fabric, without worrying about any damages to the underlying fabric. Once affixed on any fabric, the reflective iron on does not affect the performance of the fabric either.

  1. Diversity of Processing

Cutting this iron-on material is super easy and hassle-free. With the help of a laser cutting machine, a knife, or even a pair of scissors, you can easily cut the fabric into different shapes, sizes and designs. This allows you to experiment and use the fabric to cut out patterns, logos, and brand names too.

  1. More Dynamic

This dynamic iron-on receive material is preferred by top clothing brands – thanks to the ease of usage it offers. Sports brands too, heavily rely on reflective iron on to add the glam factor to their sports apparel range.

  1. Flatness

The flexibility offered by reflective iron on is unmatched. Even after you hot press the fabric on any material of your choice, it gives a smooth, compliant, and aesthetic finish. This makes the reflective iron on and the underlying material appear like one whole fabric.

What are common applications for reflective iron on?

There are various reflective iron on products and each is well-suited for different uses. You can use the iron-on material on polyester, webbing, T/C as well as other fabrics. You can also use it on shoes and bags because the material itself is durable, scratch-resistant, and wear-resistant too. Some products can also be hot-pressed on PU and PVC fabrics and these can be only scrubbed with water, not giving you the alternative to washing it using the machine.

Further, you also have products that work best for lettering, engraving patterns, or simply be for hot pressing on fabrics such as polyester, webbing, and T/C. Certain products are well suited for flame retardant fabrics, which typically come with high washing requirements. Likewise, you also have a range of products to cater to the requirements of elastic bands or high elastic fabrics.

Product Name

YGM Model Number

Application

Reference processing conditions

Hot Pressing Temperature()

Pressure

Time

High Luster’s Reflective Iron On

WD001

You can cut this product into different kinds of logos or strips, which is why this is perfectly suitable for hot pressing onto webbing, polyester, T/C, and other fabrics. You can also hot press it onto safety clothing.

130-150

﹥2kg/cm²

12-15s

D001M

D001

D001-D

D001-GS

D001-FT

Since the material of this product is extremely scratch-proof and wear-resistant, it is suitable for being hot-pressed onto fabrics meant for rough use, such as bags and shoes.

130-150

High Luster’s PU Reflective Iron On

D001-P

This reflective iron on can be used to hot press on PVC and PU fabric. Please note that this fabric cannot remain soaked in water or washed in the machine for too long. The best way to watch this fabric would be to scrub it with water.

( D001-DP is scratch-resistant)

120-130

D001-DP

High Luster’s Engraving Reflective Iron On

D001-K

This product can be used to hot press onto webbing, T/C, polyester and so on and is perfect for engraving patterns and lettering.

130-150

High Luster’s Elastic Reflective Iron On

D004-7D

This reflective iron on is perfect for being hot-pressed onto general elastic fabrics.

130-150

D004-7P

This product is best applicable for being hot-pressed onto high elastic fabrics and elastic bands.

120-130

High Luster’s Flame Retardant Reflective Iron On

D001-H

This reflective iron on is perfect for being hot-pressed onto flame retardant fabrics with average washing performance.

130-150

D001-H-GS

This reflective iron on is perfect for being hot-pressed onto flame retardant fabrics with high washing performance.

130-150

D001-H-GS

130-150

DH102-12

130-150

Colorful Series Reflective Iron On(High Luster’s and ordinary reflective)

D201-X

This reflective iron on can be used to hot press onto webbing, T/C, polyester, and so on and is perfect for engraving patterns and lettering.

130-150

High Reflective Iron On

D101-A

Good for hot pressing onto webbing, polyester, T/C, and other fabrics.

130-150

D101

Ideal for hot pressing onto webbing, polyester, T/C, and other fabrics.

130-150

High Reflective Engraving Reflective Iron On

D101-K

This reflective iron on product is good for hot pressing onto webbing, T/C, polyester, and so on and is perfect for engraving patterns and lettering.

130-150

Can you apply wet reflective iron on?

No, you cannot. Rather, you should never opt for applying wet reflective iron on vinyl. Reflective iron on has an aluminum layer that prevents air permeability – this means that when you apply heat to such a material, there is no way out for the moisture that will be generated once the heat is applied.

There are times when you would have to choose to apply wet reflective iron vinyl fabric, but in such occasional cases too, you need to make every possible attempt to remove as much moisture as you can with the help of a squeegee. Here, you need to use wet solutions to affix the product but do keep in mind that wet solutions overthrow the pH balance of reflective iron ons. This compromises the quality of the product, greatly affecting its adhesive quality.

What is the difference between adhesive and reflective iron on vinyl?

There are two main differences – firstly, the backing of both the varieties is different. Although they come in a variety of colors, the adhesive types of vinyl have the same paper backing and have a sticky base when the paper is peeled off. Likewise, reflective iron on does not have a paper backing – instead, it comes with a clear plastic carrier sheet that covers the top of the vinyl.

Backing of Reflective Iron On

Secondly, you can use the adhesive vinyl directly – it has a pell and applies mechanism, whereas, in the reflective iron on you mandatorily need heat to attach the reflective iron ons to the fabric.

Application of Reflective Iron On

How to test the quality of reflective iron on?

Checking the quality of the product you buy is very important. At YGM, we ensure all our products are of top-notch, industrial standard quality. Despite this, we encourage our customers to check the quality of the product before placing a bulk order. We have listed down a couple of things you need to remember when it comes to checking the quality of reflective iron on:

  1. Check if the reflective surface is smooth and spotless.
  2. Peel off the protective film and closely look into the surface revealed – here you have to look for the glass beads.
  3. After you are done engraving the logo, check if the extra unwanted material from the pattern comes off easily.
  4. Once you affix the fabric on the material of choice with a hot press, check if the former and latter fabrics are both intact. If the surface is wrinkled, the reflective fabric is not up to the mark.
  5. Lastly, rub the surface of the reflective iron on and check if the glass beads fall off.

Do make sure you check the quality of the reflective iron on thoroughly before you actually place your bulk order.

How do you use reflective iron on?

Reflective iron on is a beautiful amalgamation of safety and fashion and this versatile material can be easily used in a wide variety of applications. Reflective iron on shines in the dark, which makes it essential in safety fabric. Right from policemen to firemen and security personnel, everyone has uniforms that feature reflective iron ons. This helps vehicles and well other humans to distinguish these personnel in the dark.

The usage of reflective iron on is no longer limited to safety wear – it is now also used in the fashion industry to glamourize clothes and give them a unique, out-of-the-box look. You can easily find reflective iron on on clothes, shoes, bags, belts as well as a whole range of accessories.

The amazing aspect about the reflective iron on is that it is super easy to use. All you have to do is follow some simple steps. First, cut the fabric as per your requirement into thin strips, patterns, designs or logos. Once you finish the cut, weed out the excess unwanted material from the reflective iron on and then proceed to the next steps.

You can then iron on these customized reflective iron on strips and hot press them onto whichever fabric, material, or surface you wish to. Just make sure you follow the instructions and maintain the required pressing temperature, pressure, and time. Set your iron on the ‘Cotton’ ironing mode and hold it down on the fabric for 15 to 20 seconds. Ensure you cover the entire design. Once the material has cooled down and the reflective iron ons has settled on it, you can then move to peel off the protective film off the surface.

Once you are done with all these steps, your reflective design is now ready to wear and shine!

What should I know before ordering reflective iron on?

If you are a safety wear manufacturer, or for that matter, any apparel manufacturer, you would definitely require reflective iron on in bulk quantities. But before you place your huge order, it is always advisable to understand your requirements and then proceed to select a material that fits in well.

There are many important factors you need to consider – firstly, the ease of usage. You surely don’t want to end up with an reflective iron ons that is difficult to cut or use. You need to look for a reflective iron on that is flexible, easy to manage as well as an affix. Next, the equipment you will be using to cut the reflective iron on comes into the picture. If you are going to use a laser cutting machine for creating your designs, choose the reflective iron on that comes with a PES or TPU backing. If you are opting for the plotter, remember it is easier to work with PES backing, as the TPU version is way sticky and may be inconvenient to work with.

Further, you need to have a look at critical aspects such as the reflectivity of the fabric, its efficiency, washability as well as its fire resistance. Each of these is a crucial aspect that has to be considered before you finally zero into the type of material that you want to buy. With the wide range of products we have, you are bound to be left spoilt for choice. At such times, don’t hesitate to seek our help – based on your requirements, we will help you pick the perfect reflective material for you.

How do you cut reflective iron on?

Depending on which pattern you wish to cut, you can choose different cutting equipment. If you require simple strips, simply use either a laser machine or a plotter – both work just as well, as there’s nothing intricate about strip cutting.

However, if you are planning to make designs, logos, and patterns, the approach changes. There are many elements and detailing that go into making a pattern, which is why you need to use professional equipment such as Cricut, Silhouette 3, or other reliable cutting machines. All you need to do is open the design in your computer app, ensure the dimensions are right, and then mirror the design. Make sure you are cutting the right side so that the perfect pattern is printed on your t-shirt.

What is the use of the Transfer Film in reflective iron on?

The transfer film is the topmost layer in the reflective iron on design. It helps prevent logo movement, as it is sticky and transparent. This makes the hot pressing a lot more comfortable and convenient. The transfer film also helps prevent the reflective iron on from biting into the cloth. Any ordinary protective film is made of PET and PE would instantly melt at a higher temperature and sear into the underlying fabric.

However, this is not the case with transfer film – it is made of PET only. PET is resistant to high temperatures and does not melt when exposed to extreme heat. Apart from technical reasons, the only other reason why every reflective iron on has a transfer film is that customers need it. Some customers require the transfer film as they need it for other usages.

How can I ensure the quality of reflective iron on?

The first and foremost thing you need to do is check for the separation between the protective film and the grey vinyl. Next, check whether the glass beads stay intact when you peel off the protective film. If they fall off, the reflective iron on is not of good quality. Further, you can also test the material by cutting it into a logo, design, or strip as required. Lastly, put it through a washing test (as per the instructions mentioned in the manual) to check its washability. These four factors should be enough to help you determine the quality of your reflective iron on.

How Can I make my reflective iron on stick better?

Before you begin anything else, give the instruction manual a thorough read. The manual would describe the important aspects such as pressing temperature, pressure as well as time clearly. Keep in mind these three critical aspects as you begin working with the reflective iron ons.

Next, use a well-heated iron to hot press the vinyl onto the cloth. Make sure you press across the design evenly, so that you don’t have any uneven edges. Once it cools down, only then peel away the protective layer. Lastly, shift the heat down a little, and then press the pattern for 12 to 15 seconds to ensure the vinyl is completely smooth.

Why is my reflective iron on not sticking?

The only reason this isn’t working out is that you aren’t doing it right. That’s precisely why we ask all our clients to read the instruction manual thoroughly before they begin working with the vinyl. One of the reasons why your reflective iron ons is not sticking well to the fabric is that you aren’t maintaining the required pressing temperature and pressure. Also, if you don’t apply the required pressure for the time specified, your HTV will not stick to the fabric in any case.

Make sure you iron just as much as required – if you iron too much, the adhesive will burn off the reflective iron ons. Test the temperature before you start working on the final product, which will help you get a better idea. Similarly, when it comes to pressure, make sure it is uniform and evenly distributed – only then will your reflective iron ons blend into the fabric seamlessly.

Likewise, different reflective iron ons have different requirements – some need to be cooled down before taking off the plastic carrier sheet, while for other reflective iron ons varieties, it has to be taken off immediately. Do remember, thick seams, zips, collars, and buttons are problematic areas where affixing the reflective iron ons may not be possible.

What are the suitable materials to use reflective iron ons on?

This reflective iron ons comes with two types of backing fabric – PES (polyester) or TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane). Depending upon your requirements, you can pick one that works well for you. TPU has strong elasticity and is primarily applied to elastic fabrics such as PU and PVC. In contrast, PES is mainly used for hot pressing on polyester cotton, nylon, webbing, and other such fabrics.

PES has a higher temperature resistance than TPU, but in other aspects such as elasticity, flexibility, TPU wins brownie points over PES.

PES

TPU

Composition

polyester

thermoplastic polyurethane

Transparency

white translucent

transparent, translucent, matte

Elasticity

general

very good

Soft and comfortable

general

very good

Washing

very good

general

Dry cleaning

very good

general

Temperature resistance

good high temperature resistance

good low temperature resistance

Hot pressing temperature

140-150

130-140

What is the difference between reflective iron on and reflective sewing tape?

We have explained in detail how reflective iron on works – all you have to do is cut out the required dimensions and hot press it onto the desired fabric. On the other hand, reflective sewing tape has to be sewed onto the desired fabric to ensure it attaches well. In the latter, there is no peeling off the topmost plastic layer involved.

reflective iron on offers a lot more flexibility as compared to the reflective sewing tape, as it can be cut into different shapes and sizes. It also has a unique, water-repellant feature, which makes it suitable for anything and everything!

Comparison of Reflective Iron On

How do you iron on reflective iron ons?

Firstly, build a template on your computer. Use a knife or laser plotter to cut the vinyl. At this step, make sure the transparent layer of the carrier sheet is facing downward. Take off the excess unwanted parts of the vinyl, leaving your design on the carrier layer.

Place the vinyl design on the cloth, ensuring the transparent layer of the carrier sheet is facing upwards this time. Then, depending upon the type of vinyl, set the temperature, pressure, and time required. Hot press the vinyl evenly, to make sure it blends seamlessly onto the fabric. After 30 seconds, when the vinyl cools off, peel off the carrier layer. While doing this, if you notice any part of the design coming off, place the iron on it again, and you will be good to go.

What temperature should the heat press be set on for reflective iron ons?

The temperature for the hot press varies for different reflective iron ons products. For PES-based fabrics, you need to maintain a temperature of 140-150°C, whereas for the TPU backed reflective iron ons, the temperature is 130-140°C. However, the pressing time required for both varieties is the same, and it takes only 12 to 15 seconds to affix an reflective iron ons on any given fabric – provided you follow all the criteria right.

Backing Fabric

Hot Pressing Temperature

Hot Pressing Pressure

Hot Pressing Time

PES

140-150

3-5kgf

12-15s

TPU

130-140

2-4kgf

12-15s

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