SPECIAL TRANSFER FOR LEATHERS

FOR PLOTTER SOLVENT / ECOSOLVENT

SPECIAL TRANSFER

Discover Shock Line heat transfer papers for leather decoration printable with solvent, eco solvent or latex ink plotter for printing on natural skin, leather, cowhide and full grain.

Our company has been producing this special transfer paper for many years and there are many tanneries, some well known, both in Italy and abroad that work using our special paper.

WHAT DO YOU NEED?

All you need is a solvent, ecosolvent or latex ink plotter and Shock Line transfer papers.

You can decorate with an original and exclusive method natural skin, leather, cowhide and full grain a variety of accessories, garments, furniture and much more. No screen printing plants are necessary, no rotogravure or complicated industrial machines. You will quickly go from prototypes to production, change decorations without costs. Non need to build stocks of pre-printed transfers. Production and deliveries will be faster and most of all you remain the owner of your own designs since no intermediary is concerned.

FEATURES

The PS SOFT and PS SOFTKR transfer papers provide a soft touch and do not change the leather's natural look. They are particularly suitable for full-grain leather and ideal for half-grain. They have excellent printability and ensure high productivity and quality.

The neutral skins ready for printing can be in the "Crast" state or either optimized for transfer papers (with tannery primers). Pre-conditioned leathers with wax or oil and water repellent agents are not suitable.

They feature a high quality transferable "coating" that is incorporated into the final finishing tannery process without leaving any trace. The thickness of the transferable coating ranges from 2.5 grams for the PS SOFTKR to 6.5 grams for the PS SOFT, according to the chosen option.

THE PAPERS

Printing instructions

PRINTER SETTINGS

  • High quality

  • Low ink limit profile

  • Heaters: 40 to 50 °C (104 to 122 °F)

  • Print speed may vary depending on the equipment

Before printing, accurately choose a suitable profile especially when using PS SOFTKR (thinner coating), to get very intense colors.

It is not recommended to use white or metallic inks, which are difficult to transfer. However in this case a primer is necessary. Never wrap up the printed product until the solvent or latex totally evaporate as this would damage the prints and the consequent transfer.

TRANSFER INSTRUCTIONS

With protection (soft silicon mat)

Temperature: approx. 145 °C (290 °F)

Time: 60"/70"

Without protection

Temperature: 120/130 °C (248/266 °F)

Time: 10/20"

The minimum pressure for a good application is approx. 600 gr/sqm. Higher pressure means minor pressing time.

Flat-bed tannery heat presses work at 110 °C (230 °F) at 5-10", "Rotopress type" calendars at 120/140 °C (248/284 °F) with 4m/min speed. "Rotopresses" and Flat-bed tannery heat presses give best results.

Support paper must be removed when cool.

WEAR RESISTANCE

Two tanning processes are necessary:

  • the first based on penetrants (solvent / ethyl acetate) usually used in tanneries to allow a deep penetration of the pigments in the skin.

  • the second, based on acrylic resins, polyurethanes and waxes provides improved mechanical resistance and gives a very soft and velvety feel to the skin.

All these products (for pre and post conditioning) are normally used in tanneries. The result is a deep, very stable and resistant decoration.

The application is obtained by a heat transfer process with calendars or flat heat presses. Watch the following videos. PS SOFT printed by a Roland plotter and applied by calenders MONTI ANTONIO and ROTO-PRESS during the Simac Tanning Tech exhibition.