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Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood

Applying Heat Transfer Vinyl on Wood

The world of heat transfer vinyl is limitless, most of the time, it's recognized as something that can stick to almost any fabric, but HTV does not end there. It can adhere to other surfaces such as wood, nylon, canvas, metal, etc.

By knowing how to perform these transfers, we're pretty sure your HTV bubble just got immensely bigger. In this article, you'll be learning how to apply HTV on Wood!

Heat Transfer Vinyl can be considered more "matte" looking than adhesive vinyl, which means it can give a more "paint-like" feel. Aside from that, the choices are limitless; just imagine all the possibilities with HTV! Point proved, here's how you can apply HTV on wood.

Applying HTV on Wood

Materials Needed:

Weeding Tools

Cutting Machine

Heat Press or an Iron

Piece of Wood

Wood Sealer (Optional)

Wood Stain (Optional)

Paint (Optional)

Sandpaper (optional)

Heat Transfer Vinyl

Heat Transfer Cover Sheet, Teflon Sheet, towel, etc. (Optional)


Tips in Applying HTV on Wood

The wood sealer can help the HTV stick better to your surface, advisable especially for beginners. Rough wood or untreated wood can also be used, but the sealer is here to provide a much smoother surface for your HTV to be pressed on. Paint can also be used here again for the same purpose and decorative purposes.

Teflon Sheets, towels, and other protective sheets you might be using to prevent direct contact can be optional. Using these materials can heavily affect the time you need to properly let the HTV adhere to the wood.

For these types of projects, an Iron would be a much better companion than the Heat Press. Using a Household Iron would be convenient, as wood is not as smooth as the regular garment your Heat Press would be used to. Aside from that, it can help you reach small crevices you might not be able to reach.

Using HTV on wood can be a better option than using adhesive vinyl, for it will help you achieve a more accessible and quicker process! Sometimes applying adhesive vinyl on wood might be challenging at times because of the wood's texture. That's why using heat transfer vinyl is a wiser choice when it comes to this kind of craft!

Aside from this, HTV can give you lots of options. There are Glitter HTVs, Metallic HTVs, Holographic HTVs, Patterned HTVs, and more!

Steps in Applying HTV on Wood:

Now that you've got your materials, it's time to start following the procedures!

Applying HTV on wood is not that far from using it on any fabric. If we're honest, the procedures are pretty similar. If you've played around with HTV before, these procedures would feel a lot closer to home!

Although they're quite similar, this does not automatically mean that you should treat them the same way. Applying HTV on wood can be a "harder" process as it depends on you if you think you're doing it right or wrong. It's very crucial to trust your instincts on this one.

1. Prepare your wood! (Optional)

Like garments, you have to prepare your substrate, only this time it's optional. You can decide whether you'd want to skip painting or doing anything to the wood. You can skip past this or make the surface a lot smoother for a cleaner look.

2. Choose a design, cut it, and weed your design.

3.  Place your HTV on the wood: The Carrier Sheet must be facing up.

4. Heat up your iron or heat press according to the manufacturer's recommended temperature.

5. Place the protective sheet, or whichever you've decided to use, on top of the HTV. 

This step can also be skipped; as mentioned earlier, applying any form of sheet or fabric to separate the vinyl from the iron can prolong the amount of time that you're required to press the HTV on. It's important to note that this can prolong the amount of time.

However, by skipping this process, the HTV can burn much faster and cause wrinkles on your finished product. This results from overheating the HTV to the point that you're burning it. The carrier sheet would, of course, burn first, so that's a sign you should definitely look out for.

You can resort to giving the HTV a few breaks to prevent wrinkling, thus ruining the final product.

5. Iron the HTV on the wood

Ironing HTV on wood can take a much longer time as compared to using HTV on garments; remember to apply a bit of pressure when putting it on. This applies to both the iron and the heat press. Please wait for the backing to cool down completely and slowly peel it away.

Additional Tips:

Remember that wood is far smoother compared to shirts and other fabrics. Any slight movement can cause the HTV to slip; therefore, you should be careful at all times.

When ironing HTV on several planks of wood connected, start at the very bottom of the design and slowly make your way up. If the wood has any sort of bump or gaps preventing a smooth surface, slowly edge your iron against the bump or the gap.

The adhesive can take as much as 60-70 seconds before it completely adheres; this can give you an idea of how much heat you're actually giving the HTV. Remember to keep trusting your instincts. Time can also depend on which HTV you're using.

With that said, hopefully, this article can help you in your next craft! Although it seems complicated, remember that there's always a first time for everything! Don't forget to share this article with your friends, so you can continue rocking the HTV game with your wood crafts!

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