The Precision of Dry Transfers vs
Ordinary Water Slide Decals
Particularly in settings where objects are subject to scrutiny, they instantly improve results. Dry transfers are a better solution for the design community because they offer significant advantages over water slides in key performance areas.
Here’s how dry transfer decals and waterslides differ:
Water Slide Decals
|No damage to application surface||Potential water damage to surface|
|Work without complications on white surfaces||Yellowish carrier media shows on white|
|Ease of handling, more durable||Messy, delicate, difficult to handle|
|Allow for true, pure white unlike inkjet printers||Unable to print in true white on inkjet|
|Ability to follow curves without quality loss||Difficult on curves; can wrinkle & lose shape|
Dry Transfers Have Visual Advantages Over Waterslides
No matter what your project, you’ll have better looking results when you switch from water slide decals to dry transfer decals. The improved appearance also comes with several application advantages.
- First and most importantly, some inkjet printer ink is water-based which can cause the ink to run.
- The other complication with water slide decals is the yellowish tint of the carrier media. This is instantly visible on white surfaces and can diminish the clarity and sharpness of edges and lines.
- With water slide decals, some designers have even gone as far as concocting diluted vinegar treatments to overcome some visual disadvantages. But the results can be iffy and far from reliable. With the better option of dry transfers in these same situations you no longer need to resort to improvised workarounds.
Our custom dry transfer stickers (we prefer calling them decals because ours are not sticky) are easier to handle, more convenient to apply, do not turn yellow over time and do not damage the surface you are applying them to. We create them from your digital files using a special ink backed with adhesive. They are delivered on transfer paper that allows you to rub them onto any surface without water or solvent.
Dry Transfer Decals Provide Surface Protection Advantages
If you are sampling up a prototype, creating a custom display object or working on a hobby project, dry transfers provide surface protection not possible with products involving water. They also bring an appearance on par with professionally manufactured products.
Especially valuable when there are tight deadlines, dry transfers reduce the variables connected to application. These include fewer complications and no damage to wood, wall paint, metal, glass, plastic and other labeled surfaces.
For custom lettering, logos, graphic elements and any other applied surface enhancements, our custom dry transfers are ideal design solutions. Even fine print remains crisp and clear and we’re an excellent replacement for vinyl lettering, Letraset and ChartPak rub-on letters.
With overnight delivery service, dry transfers are now easily available in quick turnaround situations. Also, because they are created directly from your digital files and color-matched with Pantone palettes, you are assured of receiving back exactly what you designed with all of its needed detail and nuance.
Dry Transfers Have Advantages for Application and Ease of Use
The application process for dry transfers is direct and straightforward. Other than a steady hand and a focused approach, little else is needed. They work equally well on models that are 3D printed or molded mock-ups and are fast and easy to apply. Place where desired, rub down with the burnisher and they are affixed and semi-permanent. Just add a clear coat of lacquer to make them permanent.
Dry transfers can be applied successfully to any smooth surface without damage nor water-related complications. Better still, they are free from carrier media and there is no need to cut around the edges of the decal. The adhesive only exists under the image – where you need it. This saves time and reduces the potential for mishaps when applying them.
Neither solvents nor treatments are needed and one of the greatest advantages is no drying time is required. Your piece is ready to use or display the moment you finish applying the dry transfer. For applications requiring greater durability, applying a coat of lacquer is an additional option.
Dry Transfers Have a Precise Look and Perfect Results – Instantly
The most essential measure of success for any project is a visually precise and accurate appearance. With dry transfers, successful outcomes are more likely than with water-slide decals and the process for getting to a final piece is more reliable and less left to chance.
If the model or prototype you’re creating will be in use for an extended time or is subject to handling, dry transfers are more durable than water slides. They are simply more stable and longer-lasting.
When your projects call for uniqueness and flair, our dry transfers are available in a broader range of interesting appearance options including both metallic and foil.
Each color is backed with white to ensure a consistent and uniform look.
In side-by-side comparisons with water slides, most industrial designers agree the dry transfer achieves a more permanent and precise look – with the quality and appearance of final manufactured products.
They are available overnight, have fewer complications, ensure a more precise appearance and are much easier to use. Deadlines and changing specs can add enough stress and complication to your workflow.
The advantage of dry transfers can remove one variable from your list and help you achieve better results right away!
If you are planning a project or have a new concept underway right now, it’s a great time to switch from water-slide decals to custom dry transfers. At Image Transfers, we’re ready to help you develop a successful final product that will win kudos and compliments when it is presented or displayed. We will enhance the appearance of your project providing a finished and tangible look and feel.