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How to choose DTF PET film?

Release Time:2024-07-04
How to choose DTF PET film?

Choosing the right DTF film is crucial to improving your printing business. Are you a little dazzled by the many choices on the market and don't know how to choose? Don't worry, AGP is here, and I will introduce you in detail to how to choose a DTF film in this article!

What is DTF printing?

DTF (Direct to Film) printing is an innovative process that uses a DTF printer to print the designed pattern on a DTF film, sprinkles DTF hot melt powder, heats and dries it to obtain a "heat transfer sticker", and then uses a heat press to transfer the heat transfer sticker to the fabric, perfectly reproducing the pattern, and even novices can easily get started. This technology is suitable for a variety of fabrics such as cotton, polyester, canvas, denim, knitwear, etc., and is widely favored by the textile printing industry due to its versatility and is an ideal choice for reducing inventory costs.

How to choose the right DTF film?

As a transfer medium, DTF PET film has the advantages of bright colors, good air permeability, and low cost, and is an important part of DTF printing. Choosing high-quality DTF film is crucial to printing quality. It can protect the printer, improve printing success rate, avoid material waste, and effectively control production costs. So how to choose the right DTF film? You just need to understand the following 6 factors.

1. Ink absorption ability

Poor ink absorption ability will cause white and color inks to mix or even flow on the film. Therefore, it is important to choose a film with a high ink absorption coating.

2. Coating quality
DTF film is a base film coated with a special coating. If the coating is uneven or mixed with impurities, it will directly affect the printing effect. Therefore, it is necessary to observe whether the surface coating is uniform and delicate. DTF transfer film with poor coating quality will repel DTF ink during printing, causing ink to flow out of the film and stain the printer and clothing. A good coating should have high ink loading, fine line printing, a clean shaking powder effect, and a stable release layer.

3. Powder shaking effect
If the film has poor powder shaking ability, there will be some powder on the edge of the pattern after shaking, which will stain your transfer. The edge of the film with a good powder shaking effect will be clean and without residue. You can try some samples to test the powder-shaking effect before purchasing.

4. Release effect
Qualified DTF film is easy to tear off after lamination. Inferior DTF film is difficult to tear off, or tearing off the backing will damage the pattern. The release effect also needs to be tested before ordering.

5. Storage capacity
A good DTF film will keep its surface clean even if it is not used for a long time, and the use effect will not be affected by oil and water outflow. Make sure to choose a film that is stable in storage so that the quality can be maintained for a long time.

6. High-temperature resistance
After printing and shaking the powder, the DTF film needs to be dried in a high-temperature oven. Hot melt powder will begin to melt when the temperature exceeds 80℃, so the DTF film must be resistant to high temperatures. If the film does not turn yellow and wrinkle at a test temperature of 120℃, it can be considered to be of good quality. The base film must be resistant to high temperatures.

What are the types of DTF films?

Even if you know how to identify the quality of DTF transfer films, you may still be confused by the many types of DTF films on the market. Here are some common types of DTF films and their characteristics, hoping to help you make a choice:

Cold peel DTF film: After pressing, you need to wait for it to cool down partially before peeling it off.

Hot peel DTF film: Hot peel DTF film can be peeled off in seconds without waiting.

Glossy DTF film: Only one side is coated, and the other side is a smooth PET film, which is suitable for beginners.

Matte DTF film: Double-sided frosted effect can increase stability during printing and avoid sliding.

Glitter DTF film: Glitter coating is added to the coating to achieve a glitter printing effect.

Gold DTF film: Coated with gold glitter, it provides a luxurious and shiny gold hot stamping effect for the design.

Reflective color DTF film: It shows a colorful reflection effect when illuminated with light, suitable for personalized customization.

Luminous DTF film: It has a luminous effect and can glow in the dark, suitable for materials such as T-shirts, bags, shoes, etc.

DTF gold/silver foil: with a metallic luster, it increases the brilliance of the design and has good washability.

Fluorescent DTF film: fluorescent DTF ink is required, which can be used with any DTF film to achieve the neon effect.

The last step requires you to choose the appropriate DTF film according to the printing width of the DTF printer (for example: 30cm DTF printer, 40cm DTF printer, 60cm DTF printer, etc.).


Do you remember the six key points for selecting a DTF film? Ink absorption, coating quality, powder shaking effect, release effect, storage capacity, and high-temperature resistance, are factors that directly affect the quality and efficiency of each printing. Please remember these key points to ensure that the DTF film you choose can meet your printing needs!

To ensure perfect results every time you print, you can't go wrong with AGP's high-quality DTF films! To summarize all the types of DTF films mentioned above, visit our website or contact our customer service to learn more about our products and services!

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