What Are The Advantages And Types Of DTF Powder?

Direct-to-film (DTF) is a revolution in textile printing or personalization and this is evident from the results. Printing garments is possible only due to direct-to-film technology. It involves a heat and press method. However, a specific type of DTF powder plays a crucial role in the process.

Its advantages:

1. A strong grip

It works as an adhesive in direct-to-film textile printing. It is sprinkled all over the surface that is to be printed and then heated so it melts and enhances the grip of the design. It ensures that the ink sticks to the fabric so the printed design becomes durable and long-lasting. It melts on coming into contact with heat.

2. It is versatile

It works on all types of fabrics. You can print cotton, silk, linen, polyester, and any other fabric with heat and press method. First, the design will be printed on paper. Second, the fabric to be printed will be treated with a specific dry adhesive. Third, the transfer will be placed over the adhesive and heated. The heat will melt the adhesive and the ink will set deep inside the fabric.

3. Easy to use

DTF powder is easy to use. You only need to sprinkle it all over the textile that you want to print and you are done. The only precaution you need to take with the dry adhesive is its application should be uniform throughout the textile.

Different colors of dry adhesive

Direct-to-film textile printing relies on dry adhesive which is needed to get excellent results. Usually, the dry adhesive comes in white but it is also available in black color. Also, both types of dry adhesives have different uses in the printing industry.

White adhesive: The white color makes it invisible. Also, it mixes well with inks. Also, the residue can be cleaned in a hassle-free manner. It is widely used on white and other light-colored garments.

Black adhesive: The black adhesive is needed for dark-colored garments. You will agree that white color adhesive won’t be suitable for use on fabrics with dark colors. The advantage of black adhesive is it becomes invisible in dark colors.

Which is the most popular type of dry adhesive?

DTF powder is indispensable for direct-to-film textile printing. It comes in different forms like polyurethane powder (PU) which is also the most popular form of dry adhesive. It has high elasticity. Polyethylene (PE) and polyamide (PA) are other types of dry adhesive but they are less popular.

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