Transfer tape, also commonly known as pre-mask or application tape, is commonly used in digital graphics. It is used to transfer your cut graphics to the substrate from the release liner. While some types of vinyl can be transferred by hand, transfer tape is essential for most vinyl graphics projects.
Benefits of Using Transfer Tape
Transfer tape makes transferring your cut vinyl graphics from the release line to the substrate much easier. There are several different types of tape available, ensuring that there is a proper tape for your specific project. Transfer tape or indoor, outdoor, heat transfer and digital print applications is available.
How Transfer Tape Works
Think of transfer tape as a bridge between your vinyl graphics and their final destination – the substrate, or the final surface to which your graphics will be applied. Your substrate could be a car door, w. indow, sign blank, wall, etc.
After cutting your graphics, they are still on the release liner, and in most cases, they need the help of transfer tape to reach their final destination. The tape is laid down over the cut and weeded letters. After applying pressure with a squeegee to activate the tape’s adhesive, you can pull the tape – and your vinyl graphics – away from the release liner.
Paper or Plastic?
While there are several specific types of transfer tape from which to choose, your first
design will likely be between paper and plastic. For most applications, both clear plastic tape and paper tape will work fine, but there are a few differences to keep in mind.
Paper tape is similar to masking tape. It tends to be softer and more flexible than plastic tape, which is a benefit for some applications. It is also available in a wide variety of tack levels. Paper tape is generally more affordable than plastic tape, making it a good choice for budget projects.
While there isn’t one tape that will work for every project, paper tape is generally the more versatile option.
The primary benefit of plastic tape is its transparency. In addition to making the graphics more visible, clear tape allows for easier installation. It is a bit less versatile than paper tape, and in many environments, it can generate a static charge and collect dust.
When working with vinyl graphics, it is inevitable that you will need transfer tape to bridge the gap between design and installation. Fortunately, there are several options to ensure that there is a type of tape that is ideal for your specific project. With quality tape, you can bring your vinyl graphics to life on the substrate of your choice.