Dry Transfer Decals are Ideal Solutions for Plastic Prototypes

Photographers for Milwaukee Tools took this photo of our dry transfers being used for their product prototype photoshoot. This image shows different tools with the Milwaukee Tool logo applied on the surface of the prototype product

Dry transfer decals custom-made for Milwaukee Tool’s product prototypes.

Use transfer decals on any plastic object – prototypes, models, electronics, small run or limited edition specialty items, display cases, and more…

When you need letters, logos, stripes, and details of any other sort, dry transfer decals for plastic are perfect semi-permanent solutions. Industrial designers, visual display professionals, and hobbyists use custom dry transfer decals on plastic in nearly any application for great-looking results. Rub-on transfers are fast and dependable reducing the stress of deadlines when perfect results are required. Custom transfer decals adhere reliably to plastic surfaces, and because they are developed from digital files you submit, there are no surprises about size or appearance. Even subtle details and small-print appear clean and concise, meaning they are better and more dependable than other alternatives.

The experts at Image Transfers can make dry transfer decals for plastic in any Pantone color, giving you significant flexibility and helping you make exact matches for high visibility elements such as logos and company colors. Multiple images can be ganged up on individual sheets of decals, meaning you can bring down costs when you need larger numbers of items. The dry transfer application is easy and a helpful burnishing tool is provided with each order. If you’re working with white lettering, logos or other visual elements, custom rub-on transfers for plastic produce a superior appearance when compared to waterslide decals because there is none of the transfer media left on the surface. Custom transfers are semi-permanent and work well for a photoshoot or trade show. If a different solution is needed a quick coating of clear lacquer spray will make them permanent.

White Lettering and Logos on Plastic Will Appear Clean and Crisp

A close up product photograph of a video control device by Apogee Electronics. We produced custom dry transfers for their control labels and instrument panel decalsAfter successes in countless applications, product designers have made rub-on decals for plastic product prototypes the overwhelming choice for lettering and logos. They can give samples the same perfect appearance as final manufactured goods. When prospective clients examine and handle samples, there will be no difference in look from the final items they will receive later after production. Transfer decals are perfect for photoshoots, even in tight close-up shots. If you’re on deadline for website content and catalog photographs, the turnaround can be in as little as 24 to 48 hours from Image Transfers. Your decals can be rubbed on immediately upon receipt with no further effort or preparation. When the pressure is on to produce memorably concise results, you can depend on a good outcome.

Trade show booths are legendary for their intense lighting to make new and featured products pop so that they attract the attention of passersby. It means your prototypes need to have a crisp, concise look with exact color matches. Dry transfer decals on plastic help even the smallest letters and logos retain their exact look with clean lines and proportions that will match the final products they represent. Also, if you’re making samples to attract pre-launch investors, perfect-appearing items likely are make-or-break for your presentation. The team at Image Transfers is experienced in nearly any application on plastic and can offer advice and suggestions. If you have questions or need to vet your ideas with an experienced pro before placing your order, they’re ready to help.

Our Custom Dry Transfer Decals Are Easy-to-Apply on Any Smooth Plastic Surface

In addition to appearance, durability on plastics can be an essential consideration and custom decals bond firmly and securely when transferred with a burnishing tool. Because the application process is straightforward and involves nothing more than rubbing them on, there’s less chance for slippage or loss of position. Dry transfer lettering is the ideal replacement for the former Letraset process and retains all of its advantages and durability. Even fine print and small details adhere firmly and can be made permanent with a coat of varnish after they are applied. When viewed up close, custom dry transfer lettering and logos on plastic will appear clear and concise. For electronics prototypes, smaller details on circuit boards and similar surfaces have produced excellent results that also are semi-permanent.

a custom dry transfer on a microchip beside a dime to show how precise our rubdowns can be ordered

Time and again, custom dry transfer decals have demonstrated advantages and produced better results when compared to other options. When you order from Image Transfers, you’ll be dealing with our experts who have many years of successful experience working with the world’s largest corporate clients. The quality of our product is undisputed, and our reviews are strong. Our production team understands deadlines, often achieving turnarounds of 24 to 48 hours, and has strong reviews from existing clients. Plastic prototypes that need to be perfect down to minute details have a more finished and professional look with dry transfer decals for lettering, logos, and other visual elements. If you haven’t tried us yet, you owe it to yourself to step up to a higher quality process that produces superior results on plastic every time.

Image Transfers are custom dry rub-on transfer specialists. We make only one thing: custom rub down transfers for graphic designers, artists, and model-makers. A dry transfer (or rubdown) is an image printed on a translucent sheet. The image has a coating of adhesive on its back. The image is transferred from the translucent sheet onto another surface by applying light pressure in a rubbing motion. The dry transfer can be applied to any surface that is free of dust, grease or oil. Dry transfers are referred to as DRY because they are applied dry, without the use of water or solvents. A dry transfer is not a slip-off label or a water decal, instead, the transferred image appears as if it was printed directly onto the item. Our dry transfers are opaque because we back the colors with white, so our rubdowns can be applied to a surface of any color without changing the color of the rub-on transfer. We consider dry transfers a semi-permanent application. A top coat of clear lacquer can make them more permanent. Our production artists can match all Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors including Metallic. Standard transfers are semi-gloss but we also offer matte and uncoated finishes. We deliver within as little as 24 hours. -- Specialties: Custom Rub Down Dry Transfers, Art Gallery Signage & Museum Labels, Custom Transfers for Product Prototypes, Comps & Mock-ups, Dry Transfers for Scale Models. Decals for Glass and reversed transfer decals for inside glass cases.

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2 comments on “Dry Transfer Decals are Ideal Solutions for Plastic Prototypes
  1. Hello, I work for a medical electronics repair company. On a specific unit we work on, there are times we may have to replace a character on the front plastic bezel of the unit. It’s 1/2″ or 12mm font size. Either the letter “A” or the Letter “B’. I can send a picture if that helps. The item was originally marked probably using a pad printing method. We would like to find a durable quick re-apply method. Is your product something we could use on this? Is it durable against being wiped by a cleaning product, is it easily scraped away? Is it possible to get just sheets of “A” and “B”? I am interested to know, and would like to figure this problem out sooner than later. Thank you.

    • Luann says:

      Shamus, We can certainly do the font size you require. Our transfers are lacquer ink with lacquer adhesive. Since adhesive is only on the image area, after applied, it will look like the replacement letters are printed right on your plastic bezel. Our pricing goes by artboard size area with letter being the smallest size sheet we offer. You (or we) can gang-up the letter A or the letter B or a combination of what you need to fill the artboard. We would give you a reasonable amount of space around each letter so you don’t accidentally rub down an adjacent one. Prices are published on our website. If you can supply vector artwork that would be your only cost. If you needed us to set up the sheets that would be additional. Photo would help determine what font or if you can identify for us, great. Transfers are pretty durable. You can certainly clean over them. Just don’t use bestine or lacquer solvent. They can be scratched if someone intentionally wanted to do that. Let us know if you have further questions. We hope we can work on this project with you. Luann

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