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Why does my vinyl have bubbles? How to stop heat transfer vinyl layers from bubbling?

Why does my vinyl have bubbles? How to stop heat transfer vinyl layers from bubbling?

Why does my vinyl have bubbles? How to get bubbles out of vinyl? When you over-press your vinyl design, htv bubbling will happen. Applying too much heat to the vinyl will cause the glue that helps adhere it to the material to either evaporate. And your hold won't be as strong, it will push up the glue and form bubbles.

htv bubbling

How to get bubbles out of vinyl? How to stop heat transfer vinyl layers from bubbling? 

Each type of HTV Vinyl has its own method of use and that it needs to be applied with.

When using HTV (Heat Transfer Vinyl), time, temperature and pressure are extremely important factors. Check the instructions of the vinyl you are using and make sure all settings are correct.

Time-If the ironing time is too short, the HTV will not stick to the shirt. Long pressing or ironing may have the same effect. HTV works by using heat activated adhesives, so little time and the heat is not enough to stick. Too long, it will actually burn off the adhesive.

Temperature-Not all heat press vinyls are used at the same temperature. Check to make sure you are using the recommended temperature. It is really more convenient to use a heat press than an iron to adjust the temperature and time with accuracy.

You must also consider what to wear on the media. Beware of granite, stones, or surfaces that absorb iron heat. Do not use an ironing board or any other objects that will hold the iron firmly.

Pressure- This is usually a problem you’ll run into with using an iron rather than a heat press. It is difficult to press down your design with an iron, especially for large designs. And you have to consider what your shirt is laying on to the press. Beware of stone, granite, or surfaces that will absorb the heat from iron. Don’t use an ironing board or anything, it will not allow you to get a really firm press with your iron.

iron vinyl

If you are doing vinyl craft and there are already bubbles, you are now looking for a solution online, use a squeegee to press out the bubbles.

Some bubbles are trapped under the decal which cause problems. Therefore, bubbles need to be removed by hand.

Stop htv vinyl layers from the bubbling, I will show you how to do it!

Please be careful when you’re pressing with Cricut Easy Press or a heat press that you don’t press for too long or too short, otherwise the layers will shrink a little or the vinyl will not stick to the project.

htv bubbles

I use the Cricut EasyPress settings:

HEAT: 302°F
TIME: 15 seconds

The best thing to do is to press 302°F for 8-10 seconds and after a cold then try to pull up the carrier sheet. If the craft vinyl doesn’t come up with it then move on to the next layer. If it comes up, lay the carrier sheet back down and press for 3-5 seconds.

You do not need extra pressure or extra heat to get a good press for your project. Just make sure you press firmly the first time, and only use the recommended heat settings for the project!

If you’re new to heat transfer vinyl and are overwhelmed by all the choices, colors, and patterns. I highly suggest HTVRont Heat Transfer Vinyl.

Always remember to press for short amounts of time when doing multi-layer projects! Short periods of heat are better when working with layers because if you press for too long the layers will shrink and not line up properly. Never press a layer for longer than 4 seconds.

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Hello Nanette,
It is better to peel off after it’s cold. You can wait for 5 seconds to peel it off after ironing. About you doesn’t peel off smoothly, it may because you did not press enough when using the iron or the temperature is not enough.


Hi, I purchased all your colors of HTV and I see it clearly says on your website that it is a cold peel. But your videos show you guys peeling immediately after pressed, so I asked the question on one of your ads, and you responded its a hot peel. This is very confusing to your customers. PLEASE , give me the correct answer. When I do a cold, it doesn’t peel off smoothly. Thank you

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