Dry Transfers FAQs

We’ve put together some Frequently Asked Questions about our dry transfers service.

What is the difference between a foil finish and a metallic finish transfer?
A foil finish, we would say, is more reflective. A metallic finish can be either matt or gloss but has flecks of metal like metallic car paint.
You can see the foil finish in our YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PnzNLcno0c&ab_channel=BELSigns

What is the smallest size of dry transfers?
With regards to line width, we would say 0.7pt. Text size depends on the font as a serif font has smaller decorative details. Ideally, if the text needs to be small use a sans serif font, the smallest we would advise is 4pt, no smaller.

Can I order white dry transfers?
Yes. Simply set the artwork up in magenta and specify in the order.

Can I order clear dry transfers?
Yes. It is like a spot varnish. Simply set the artwork up in magenta and specify on the order.

How do I store my dry transfers?
If, for any reason, you need to keep your dry transfers, store them flat with their backing sheet in a dry place. They are UV stable, so they don’t have to be out of light.

Can I order Letraset® sheets?
Dry transfers were most popular as Letraset® sheets. However, they are no longer manufactured and Letraset® sheets are hard to get hold of. Our dry transfers are bespoke, so rather than providing a whole sheet of lettering, lines, arrows, dingbats or icons, we can supply exactly what you need in the size you require. If you don’t have access to design software, use our in-house design services to create dry transfers for your purpose. Get in touch with us to discuss. You can also read our blog for more info: How do Dry Transfers differ from Letraset?

Can I place dry transfers onto fabric?
No. Fabric is generally too rough for a dry transfer. Dry Transfers need a flat smooth surface to adhere to. If you need a transfer applied to fabric talk to our sister company AppliedFX about DTG (Direct-To-Garment) or Heat Applied Transfers onto garments.

Can I apply dry transfers onto…
This is a common question and there is a long list of types of surfaces you can apply dry transfers to. We would say dry transfers do best applied onto smooth surfaces. You can apply them onto curved surfaces, but flat is easier. If the surface is rough the transfer will not be able to adhere.

Can I lacquer a dry transfer?
Yes. Dry transfers prefer a water-based lacquer, but we would suggest a test first. Dry Transfers have been known to shrink or wrinkle under a lacquer, so testing first is a must.

Can I use my negative again?
Yes. If you wish to have a repeat dry transfer order, just let us know when placing your order that it is a repeat and you will not be charged for a new negative. We store your negatives for up to a year, as they do deteriorate and will need to be replaced at that point. However, if you wish us to store them for longer, please let us know.

Do you have any other questions or queries?

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