When considering DTF printing, the choice of hot or cold release film depends on your specific needs and preferences. The following comparison can help you decide which option is right for you:
Heat release film:
1. Process: Heat release film needs heat to transfer the pattern to the fabric. Immediately after printing, the film is peeled off while hot, leaving the pattern on the fabric.
2. Application: Heat release film is suitable for various fabrics such as cotton, polyester, blended fabrics, etc. It is commonly used in clothing, accessories and promotional products.
3. Durability: Heat-peelable films generally have good durability and washability, and the design maintains vigor and integrity even after multiple washes. They can withstand regular wear and tear.
4. Softness: The heat-peelable film tends to have a soft and elastic feel on the fabric, providing a comfortable wearing experience.
5. Rapid production: The thermal stripping process is relatively fast, allowing for efficient production and reduced turnaround time.
Cold peel film:
1. Process: Cold peel film involves applying a pattern to the fabric by heating, similar to hot peel film. However, usually after a specific waiting time, the film is allowed to cool completely before peeling off.
2. Application: Cold release film is suitable for a variety of fabric types including cotton, polyester and blends. It is commonly used in clothing, accessories and other textiles.
3. Durability: The cold peel film also has good durability and washability. Even after repeated washings, the design retains its vitality and integrity to ensure a long-lasting finish.
4. Matte finish: Cold peel films often provide a matte finish on fabrics, creating a unique and desirable aesthetic.
5. Enhanced detail: Cold peel film can sometimes provide better detail and sharper lines, making it ideal for intricate designs or text.
In the end, the choice between hot and cold release films depends on your specific requirements and preferences. Consider factors such as the type of fabric you use, durability and washability, softness or matte finish, and design details. You may also want to try two samples to see which one best meets your needs in terms of productivity and aesthetics.
It is worth noting that some manufacturers may offer hybrid films for both hot and cold release, providing flexibility and versatility to your printing process. Consulting your supplier or testing different films can help you make an informed decision based on your specific printing needs.