Dry transfer lettering, also called rub-ons, is a sheet of pre-printed letters and/or numbers that you apply to whatever surface you choose. The letters or numbers have adhesive on the back, so all you have to do is peel off the backing from the sheet and place them where you want them on whatever surface area you’re decorating.
What are the benefits of dry transfers?
Besides being much cheaper than vinyl, there are quite a few benefits. The first one that comes to mind is that you can use a dry transfer on just about any surface! It won’t work for fabric, but you can use it on plastic, glass, metal, and even wood. While vinyl is only good for walls, a dry transfer can just about be used anywhere.
Another great thing about them is that you don’t need any special equipment to apply and once the letters are stuck down they’re not going anywhere. Vinyl also gets quite expensive if you need to use it on a large surface area. Dry transfers are also much better if you need to use them more than once because they stay stuck stick, instead of peeling off after time as vinyl can.
How to apply dry transfer lettering
Step 1: Make sure the surface is clean and flat and free of dust and anything else that might keep the decal from adhering well.
Step 2: Peel off individual letters/numbers/shapes from the sheet, taking care to pull them away from the sheet slowly so as not to tear them.
Step 3: If the letter has adhesive on only one side, you will need to flip it over and place it sticky side down onto your surface. You can do this by hand, or use something flat to help you (e.g., cardstock).
Step 4: Make sure the letter/number is straight, and then rub over it with whatever you’re using to smooth it to the surface.
Step 5: Wait a minute or so for it to set, and then slowly and carefully peel the backing off each letter/number to reveal it on your surface.
Are dry transfers permanent?
Although you may think that rub-on transfers are permanent, they aren’t! As long as you firmly rub the transfer onto whatever surface area you’re decorating, it should stay in place. If you want to remove it from your surface, simply peel off the transfer and start again with a new one if necessary.
How do you remove a dry transfer?
You can use an adhesive remover to remove dry transfer lettering. Simply apply the adhesive remover to the surface area where you’ll be applying your letters or numbers and then peel off the transfer once it gets tacky.
Afterward, simply rinse off the remaining residue with warm water and soap and let it dry before decorating.
Why are dry transfers better than Letraset?
Dry transfer lettering is becoming increasingly popular because it’s much cheaper, better for the environment, and easier to use than other types of pre-printed letters.
The most common alternative to dry transfer lettering is Letraset, which consists of pre-printed sheets that already have adhesive on them. However, just like dry transfer, you can apply these letters or numbers with a ruler, X-ACTO knife, or the adhesive of your choosing.
Why are dry transfers so popular?
Due to its price point and ease of use, dry transfer lettering has become one of the more popular types of pre-printed letters out there. In addition, it’s considerably better for the environment than vinyl since you’re not adding to landfills with discarded vinyl decals.
How can dry transfers be used?
Dry transfers are great for decoration because they’re durable and easy to use. They can be used to create custom-made wallpapers, custom paint jobs, artful walls, fridge decals, phone cases, laptop decals/stickers, and much more! The possibilities are endless.
Where can you find dry transfer lettering?
With our fast turnaround times and low prices, we’ll have you covered with quality decals in no time at all. Get started by ordering online today or calling us directly at Dry Transfer Letters! We promise that once you try our dry transfers, there won’t be any going back to plain old stickers again.
Dry transfer lettering is a great way to add your logo, name, or message to products. It’s also a lot easier than you may think.
Custom dry transfers are a great way to make any product stand out from the competition and give it that professional look.
At Dry Transfer Letters our mission is to provide businesses of all sizes with high-quality dry transfers at affordable prices. We also offer custom quotes for larger orders, which you can get online or by calling us.
What is masking tape?
Masking tape is a type of adhesive paper tape. It’s used to hold things in place (e.g., wallpapers and posters onto walls) or as a temporary holding measure by hand (e.g., securing the position of pieces of wood).
What are dry transfer decals?
A dry transfer decal is a sheet of pre-printed letters and/or numbers that you apply to whatever surface you choose. The letters or numbers have adhesive on the back, so all you have to do is peel off the backing from the sheet and place them where you want them on whatever surface area you’re decorating.
What are the different types of dry transfer lettering?
They come in either letters or numbers. The difference between the two types is the size of each character – because there are more letters than numbers, letter sheets tend to have smaller characters. Numbers are typically 12″ tall by 9″ wide, while letters fall within a range of 9″ and 10.”
What equipment do you need when applying dry transfer lettering?
- You will need something to smooth them out after placing, such as an old credit card, a squeegee, burnisher, or a dull pencil.
- If they’re too big for you to peel and place by hand, you’ll need something to cut the dry transfer decals, such as an X-ACTO knife or box cutter.
What is a transfer sheet?
A transfer sheet is used to apply vinyl decals. The paper-backed sheet has an adhesive coating on one side so it can be peeled off and applied to the surface of your choice. Applying vinyl decals with a transfer sheet is part of the process for applying custom graphics or lettering to windows, cars, walls, boats, motorcycles, etc.
What is a carrier sheet?
A carrier sheet is a heavy paper, plastic, or film on which the decals and graphics are affixed and transported to the surface. The carrier sheet is then removed before application.
What is the difference between decals and a transfer?
Decals are applied by hand and a transfer is applied to the surface with an applicator tool. Decals can be removed from their backing, but transfer lettering cannot be removed from their carrier sheet once they have been applied to your surface.
What is a backing sheet?
A backing sheet is a heavy paper or plastic film on which the decals and graphics are affixed and transported to the surface. The backing sheet should be removed before application.
What are lettering sheets?
Lettering sheets are pre-printed lettering that is applied to the surface you choose. The sheet has an adhesive coating on one side so it can be peeled off and applied. They may be made of paper or plastic, depending on your project.
What are vinyl decals?
Vinyl decals are pre-printed sheets that have adhesive on them. You apply the sheet onto the surface you’d like to decorate, and peel off the backing paper. You can also use an adhesive remover or X-ACTO knife to apply the letters or numbers.
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