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How to Apply UV DTF Transfers

Updated: Mar 21

Just a heads up, if you're new to UV DTF decals, the application process might take a bit of getting used to ;).

Beautiful UV DTF decorated Libbey Glass
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Here are some things to remember before you start:

Firstly, avoid using sublimation glasses, especially frosted, as the wrap might not stick well.

Secondly, skip the alcohol as it may break down the adhesive, so just wash your cup with soapy water and let it dry completely.

Lastly, once the adhesive touches the glass during application, it's not removable or adjustable because it's pretty strong.


Step 1:

Wash your cup with soap and make sure it's completely dry. Avoid alcohol as it breaks down the adhesive. Ensure the surface is free of dust and debris. Trim any excess clear carrier sheet around the design before applying to prevent overlapping. Wash your hands and make sure not to use any hand lotion before applying the decal.

Step 2:

Peel back about an inch of the backing on one side, then use scissors to cut off 1/2 inch of the backing, exposing the adhesive. Carefully wrap the decal around your cup using the unexposed part, being careful not to stick the exposed adhesive to the glass. Once you're satisfied with the placement, gently press down the exposed 1/2 inch of adhesive to secure the transfer. Place the cup on a flat surface, or for better results, use our silicone cradle. Then, as you rotate the cup, begin peeling off the backing and pressing the decal onto the glass. Once the decal is applied, take your time to firmly press it onto the surface with your palm, using body temperature to activate the adhesive. This will make peeling easier later and reduce lifting. You can also use a hairdryer on a low setting to help with the process. Squeegee with firm pressure over design.

Step 3:

Slowly peel off the clear carrier sheet from the decal, making sure it doesn't stretch or tear the transfer. If any part of the design lifts as you peel, push it back down and rub with your finger before continuing.

Step 4:

Use your fingers or the soft side of a squeegee to smooth out the decal, starting from the center and working outward. Apply firm pressure to seal the edges of the design.

Step 5:

Don't wash or use the finished project for 24-48 hours to allow the adhesive to cure on the cup.

Hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any questions.

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