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what ‘s different between Water transfer and heat transfer

Water transfer printing

What is water transfer? Water transfer printing is a kind of printing method that uses water pressure to print the pattern transfer paper on the surface of the substrate.

The water transfer process is to make water transfer paper first, then transfer the briefly soaked flower paper to the product surface, dry it, put it into the oven for baking, and finally apply oil to ensure its firmness.

Water transfer is the use of water pressure to complete the transfer. It is mainly suitable for the printing of ceramics and glass.


Definition: heat transfer is a new printing method that transfers the pattern on the transfer film to the surface of the substrate by heating and pressurization.

Process: heat transfer printing is to make plate first, then heat transfer film, and finally print the pattern on the film on the product. It acts through the medium of the membrane.

Heat transfer printing is suitable for transfer printing on smooth planes or regular surfaces of plastics, metals, wood and ceramics made of ABS, PC, PP, PP, EVA, PVC and other materials.

The products suitable for heat transfer printing are

  1. Daily necessities include cups, slippers, kettles, buckets, floor mats and chopsticks
  2. Stationery, such as pen, stationery box, pen holder
  3. Toys are mainly printed on the plane and curved surface of toys
  4. Gifts, such as cups, watch straps, bracelets and other decorations
  5. Cosmetics, such as cosmetic box, shampoo, shower gel
  6. Electronic products, such as mobile hard disk, chassis, mobile phone case, MP3, rice cooker, etc
  7. Building materials, such as stainless steel, metal strip, metal plate, wood and other products


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  1. Water transfer printing technology is a kind of printing that uses water pressure to hydrolyze transfer paper and plastic film with color patterns;

2.Heat transfer printing is realized by heat transfer of heat soluble adhesive or heat sublimation ink absorbed by heat transfer coating.

If there is a difference, you can look at the color transmission degree of the printing background color. If the color transmission is deeper, that is, the front and back colors are relatively close, which is printed by water transfer process! On the contrary, if the color penetration on the back is not so obvious, it is a heat transfer process.