Rugged Maniac Team Names

IRON ON STICKER is the ultimate mud run meets obstacle course—so don’t show up in just any IRON ON STICKER t-shirt! Unite your whole group in custom  IRON ON STICKER shirts, hats, and more for your messy event. From the mechanical bull to pie eating to trampolines, we make it easy to look your best. Need some inspiration? Check out our IRON ON STICKER team names below. If you see a name that makes you want to get down and dirty, customize some of our t-shirts for your whole team.

Rugged Maniac Team Names

Crazy Mud Fos

Charging Bulls

Will Mud for Beer

Bang the Gong

Muddy Frog Hoppers

Dirt Devils

Dirty Jokes

Pyromaniacs

Rugged Ringers

Pie Face

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Polos

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Quarter Zips

Stay warm and look good doing it in the Under Armour Qualifier Performance Quarter Zip. You can’t get a better layering piece than this 100% polyester jacket with Under Armour’s signature moisture transport system that wicks sweat to keep you cool and dry. Also available in Ladies, this quarter zip would look even better with your company logo embroidered on it!

If you’re feeling inspired to freshen up your company’s wardrobe, check out the rest of our custom Under Armour gear!

Three Popular T-Shirt Printing Methods

T-shirt printing has come a long way from simple silk screening. Aside from screen printing, other methods include direct-to-garment printing and thermal transfer. Each of these methods has a different effect and can produce either vibrant or dull colors.

The intricacy of design is also dependent on the t-shirt printing method to use. One method may only produce six-color designs while another can print a thousand colors on the fabric. Understanding each method can help you decide which method to use for t-shirt printing.

Designing T-Shirts By Screen Printing

Screen printing makes use of a mesh or screen made of polymer, a squeegee made of rubber, and a t-shirt printing machine. The mesh used to be made of silk because the screen printing method originated in China. However, because of silk’s expensiveness, manufacturers have started creating fine screens from polymer instead.

These modern screen printing meshes were as durable as the silk screens of yore. When they are damaged, these polymer meshes will not be as costly to dispose of as when they are made of silk. Polymer is also easier to gather as a resource material compared to silk, which is hard to come by.

The screen printing process involves the following steps:

  • The client discusses with the t-shirt printing company the requirements of the design. These will include the number of colors to use, the final effect the client wants for the design, the color and type of the fabric, the number of t-shirts to produce, and the t-shirt printing methods to use.
  • The t-shirt printing company then prepares the ink, the rotary printing machine, the screen printing meshes, and the soft copy of the design, which has to be edited using an imaging software such as Photoshop, and then printed from the computer to the acetate.
  • The design has to be printed in its negative image, which means the areas where the ink should fill up must be the ones that are opaque. The areas that do not need any ink should be transparent. The reason for a negative image is for the creation of the stenciled image on the mesh.
  • Using an emulsion, the stencil is created by placing the acetate with the printed design on top of the mesh, and then exposing the two to UV light. The UV light will harden the exposed areas with emulsion underneath the acetate, while the emulsion in those opaque areas will remain soft and washable with water. After washing away the soft emulsion, the hardened emulsion will form the stenciled image.
  • With your mesh ready with the stenciled image, the t-shirt printing process now begins. The t-shirts are laid on the platform in the t-shirt printing machine. The back of the shirt should be protected from leakage. The mesh for each color should be tightly screwed so it will not move and smudge the design.
  • Each color of the ink is applied to the screen depending on the area they are needed. The stenciled image for each color will also differ to match the area where the color is needed. The angle of the squeegee and the pressure applied will determine the depth and consistency of the color.

As each custom printed t-shirt is finished, they are immediately “cured,” which is a process of embedding the ink into the fabric by exposing it to intense heat. A special heater is used for certain types of inks, especially the water-based types.

Direct-to-Garment Printing (DTG) Method of T-shirt Printing

Direct-to-garment printing uses a modified inkjet printer to directly print the design on the t-shirt without the use of a stenciled image or a squeegee to apply ink through a mesh. The textile ink is the same one used in screen printing the t-shirt.

Because of the reduction of the steps in the t-shirt printing process, the DTG method increases the turnaround time. More shirts can be printed on in less time. Aside from that, because DTG does not use a mesh for printing, the number of colors and the intricacy of design is more flexible and customizable.

T-Shirt Printing Using Thermal Transfer

The thermal transfer method uses the same modified inkjet printer to print the textile ink onto a special paper that reacts to heat. When heat and pressure are applied to this special paper, the design is transferred to the fabric. Sometimes, water is applied first to the back of the paper before being ironed over the t-shirt. Other times, the back of the paper is directly ironed over after being placed on top of the fabric.

These are the major processes used in t-shirt printing. There may be other methods such as flex and flock printing, but these three methods are the most used by t-shirt printing companies. They are also the most cost-efficient and most requested by clients. The other t-shirt printing methods are used in combination to produce custom printed t-shirt designs.

How to Press a Split Front Jersey with a Custom Screen Printed Transfer

With baseball season here, your teams will want their screen printed transfers applied to a split front jersey. Heat printing on these jerseys takes a little more time, but is easy to do. Try to order jerseys that have buttons that are spaced at least 6″ apart.

These work best for printing. When ordering your screen printed transfers be sure to request the middle of your image that will be between the buttons is sized to fit that area.

To apply:
1. Cut your print into two parts just left of center, so the cut matches the split front on the shirt. Try to avoid cutting through a letter if possible.
2. Keep your jersey fully buttoned and place on the platen of your heat press. Turn pressure up to compensate for the buttons.
3. Pre-Press your jersey.
4. Position the two halves on your jersey, lining up the edge of the transfer to the split. The grid lines will help you line up your two halves.
5. Press.
6. Remove the release paper from the right side only.
7. Unbutton the jersey.
8. Open the jersey, leaving only the left half on your platen.
9. Press again.
10. Remove the release paper from the left half.

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Internatinoal Methods of Payment

Consignment
Consignment is a variation of open account in which payment is sent to the exporter after the goods have been sold by the foreign distributor to the end customer. It is the riskiest of the most common methods of payment(order custom iron on stickers).

Open Account (O/A)
An open account transaction in international trade is a sale where the goods are shipped and delivered before payment is due, which is typically in 30, 60, or 90 days. Open accounts are risky for exporters; however, from your client’s perspective, this is the preferred method of payment in terms of costs and risks. Find out more about open account terms here.

Collections
Also called a documentary collection, this method of payment involves using banking channels for more than handling the movement of funds for your payment. With a documentary collection, you’re relying on the bank to control your product until payment is made. Your bank (the remitting bank) sends documents to the importer’s bank (the collecting bank) along with instructions for payment. The funds are received from the importer and remitted to you in exchange for the documents. The most significant risk is your buyer saying they changed their mind and no longer want the product that was shipped. Export.gov has a helpful chapter on documentary collections on its website. The usefulness of documentary collections is summed up well in this article.

Letter of Credit (L/C)
International letters of credit are a commitment by a bank on behalf of the foreign buyer that payment will be made to the beneficiary (exporter) provided the terms and conditions stated in the L/C have been met, as evidenced by the presentation of specified documents. It is one of the most secure methods of payment for an exporter.

Cash In Advance
With cash in advance, the exporter can eliminate credit risk or the risk of non-payment since payment is received prior to the transfer of ownership of the goods. Wire transfers and credit cards are the most commonly used cash-in-advance options available to exporters. With this option, you get paid up front, and you can use your client’s money to finance production of the product you are selling.

Why You Should Jump Into Online T-shirt Printing Busines?

Are you one of the people who have decided to have an ecommerce business? Welcome to the online space of retailers! Now you might be mulling over questions like “What business should I consider?” or “What kind of business would yield me good profits?” If you have an artistic streak and a good sense of fashion, nothing works like a T-shirt Printing Business. Also, with a business like this, you can start with limited supplies, funding and equipment.

But before we know about the “Hows” and “Whats” of t-shirt printing business, here are some insights as top why you should consider having this business:

1. Work never gets monotonous: Creativity and versatility would be a part of your life in a business like this one. You will be dealing with so many different tasks including designing, printing, liaising with clients etc. Hence, there won’t be any monotonous chores involved.

2. Freedom of choosing your workplace: It doesn’t matter where your set up is. You can have a small shop or a room to start your t-shirt business. As your presence will be on the internet and t-shirts can be shipped easily all over the world, you will be able to do business with millions of potential customers.

3. Convenience of time: As far as you can deliver the t-shirts on the date expected by the customers, it doesn’t matter what timings you choose for your work. You can work over the weekends, weekdays, evenings or any other day which seems comfortable to you.

4. T-shirt selling is easy: It’s better to sell something common and expected rather than coming up with something very unique and fail. There’s no doubt that you will have to face some serious competition. However, with the right knowledge and strategized marketing, you will be able to go places with t-shirt printing business.

5. Has a great scope: If you are good with the job of t-shirt printing, you will definitely get more projects. You can also expand your business using the same materials and can print hoodies, caps, bags and other things.

If the above reasons are good enough for you to consider your decision of diving into a t-shirt printing business, let’s know about how you should go about building your own t-shirt printing merchandise.

Post-Heating Your Vehicle Wrap

When it comes to vehicle (vehicle vinyl stickers)wrapping the the most important process is also one of the final ones and that’s post-heating. But, just what is post-heating and how do you do it? In today’s post we’ll walk you through this important step in vinyl wrap installation and help you get the best possible DIY wrap results each and every time.

What is Post-Heating?

Post-heating is a technique of heating the vinyl wrap in all areas where it has been stretched to conform to channels and recesses and also the trim edges. The heating allows the adhesive to flow and form a secure bond with the substrate. It also stabilizes the face of the vinyl in the key areas where it has been manipulated. This means that it will stay down tightly in areas where we often see lifting or popping. Obviously, the process is carried out after the film has been applied.

What Tools Do I need to Post-Heat?

In order to successfully post-heat your vehicle wraps you will need a heat gun and an IR thermometer to accurately measure the temperature required for a successful post-heating. For all uncast films the optimum temperature required during post seating is between 95 and 120 degrees centigrade.

How to Post-Heat Like a Pro

Make sure the vinyl has been applied securely in any recesses and channels. Check to ensure that the vinyl hasn’t lifted in any areas and that there are no pockets of air that will cause the film to burn. When applying heat do so by working on areas between 8 to 10 inches wide. Move your heat gun over the vinyl until the required temperatures are achieved. It may take some time depending on the quality of your heat gun.

Repeat this process over all challenged and recesses. Being sure not to miss any small areas. Then apply the same process to when you trimmed the edges and areas where the film has been overlapped. Once the process has been completed, inspect the vehicle for any imperfections. The vehicle then needs to stay put for the next twelve to twenty-four hours. This allows you to listen to harden and the freight starts to stabilize.

Step-by-Step Post-Heating Technique

  1. Once film has been applied, use heat to heat a small 8 to 10 inch area of the film.
  2. Move your heat gun over the film in a sweeping motion.
  3. Use your IR thermometer to gauge when you reach a temperature between 203 and 248 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Repeat this process on all recesses and channels.
  5. Allow vehicle wrap to cure in a garage for 24 hours.

Professional Results, DIY Know-How

If you follow these steps you’ll have a vehicle wrap that not only looks great but will stay in place for the life of the film. And, if you’re just finding this post now be sure to check out our other pieces on Cold Pre-Stretching and Heat Gun Techniques to give yourself the skills to install vinyl on your car, truck or SUV.