Transfer tape is a transparent tape that helps a lot in the process of moving the vinyl from its backing to the desired location. Transfer tape is only used for adhesive vinyl. Heat transfer vinyl has a transparent carrier sheet attached to the vinyl, and the carrier sheet is used instead for transfer tape. Do you need to transfer tape for adhesive vinyl? In short, yes. You can move the vinyl from its back to another location without using a transfer tape, but if there are any spaces or intricate details, it will be very difficult. If transferred in this way, the vinyl may stretch and tear. Using the transfer tape can easily transfer the entire vinyl together at a faster speed.
How to Use Transfer Tape with Vinyl
First, do not peel off the entire back of the transfer tape first. Instead, pick up your transfer tape and start peeling off the edges of the backing. Pull it back slightly so that there will be some stickiness at the end of the transfer tape and wrinkles in it.
Next, take out the sticky part you just created and apply it to the vinyl end that needs to be transferred. While doing this, you should also apply part of the sticky part to the form or the item you are working on. The purpose of this is to press and hold everything together while working, so that you will not leave bubbles, wrinkles or a huge sticky mess on your hands.
The next important step is to remove the back of the transfer tape with one hand and press the front of the transfer tape against the vinyl with the other hand. You can use only one hand or use a large scraper to smooth it. A smaller scraper can be used, but if you have a lot of vinyl, it's best to do it yourself. On the back of the tape, there is a small label that can be created by folding back and creasing the tape backing. Pull the label away from the adhesive edge to remove the backing paper, and at the same time, use a scraper or hand to smooth the transfer tape down a line in the center. Both hands should start from the same end of the vinyl and move towards the other end at the same time.
Then, once the liner is removed, start from the center to smooth the rest of the transfer tape and scrape or sand it to the rest of the vinyl. Then you are done. Isn't it simple?
Don't worry about unsatisfactory results on the first try. You may need to practice a few times to make it completely smooth! However, once these points are mastered, the transfer tape can be easily attached without a mess.
How do you transfer vinyl tape without bubbles
Some customers asked us how to transfer vinyl tape without bubbles on a smooth surface. Here are the tips:
- Remove the tape by peeling it back at a 180° angle (leaning against the surface) instead of pulling it upward at a 90° angle. This further reduces the stress on the connection between the vinyl adhesive and the substrate, thereby reducing the possibility of air bubbles.
- Punch a hole in the bubble. The hole will be very small, so just poke it directly and it won't attract attention on the vinyl. Do not move the pin around, otherwise it may tear the vinyl or make the hole too large. After puncturing the bubbles, use a scraper, credit card or fingers to run on the area, and you will see the bubbles disappear.
- Many times, when it comes to bubbles, time is your best friend. Give the vinyl a week or so, and you will notice that even the unpopped bubbles will disappear over time.