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Need Help Transfer tape

Discussion in 'Tips & Tricks' started by Steven Smith, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. New guy here. Been in business 39 years. For the longest time I used Gerber vinyl with no problems. Switched to Oracal, and now I can't get the transfer tape to stick good enough to just pull the lettering away from the silicone release paper like it did with the Gerber. I have used Transfer rite and r-tape and neither one of them work any better than the other. It doesn't seem to matter how hard I squeegee it (both front and back), they won't pull all of the letters off without coaxing. Very frustrating. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. CA Creative Group

    CA Creative Group New Member

    Nov 30, 2017
    California, NorCal
    Are you using paper transfer or clear and what tack have you tried, med or high?

    I've been using Oracal for over 20 years and for me what works for graphics with small lettering or detail is a med clear transfer. If I go with paper transfer I use high tack. I've moved away from paper and mostly use clear transfer medium tack now though.

    Also I find if I cut into the liner it tends to make the graphic more diffcult to release then if the blade only marks but doesn't cut through the top of the liner.
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  3. netsol

    netsol Very Active Member

    Apr 26, 2016
    englishtown, nj
    what about asking your supplier of the oracal what transfer tape they normally sell? obviously high tack is better

    am i the only one who almost never uses clear transfer tape?
  4. Bubba06

    Bubba06 Just Somebody

    Feb 13, 2005
    Manning SC
    I tried it once, and hate the stuff.
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  5. Jburns

    Jburns Active Member

    Jan 19, 2009
    With Oracal 651 and 751 - RT4075 works really well- also check your blade depth- if too deep I e had issues with vinyl release from backing paper
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  6. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Member

    May 7, 2019
    Since you were not specific on exactly what you are using. Call your supplier and tell them what you are doing. I have Never had any problem
    Someone gave me a roll of transfer tape one time. It was So sticky, I tossed it in the trash and never looked back. We use cases of transfer rite and it works great !
  7. Notarealsignguy

    Notarealsignguy Very Active Member

    Feb 20, 2020
    I hate clear tape too.
    I use rtape 4075 and have some issues getting it to release and have for years. If I decrease the cut pressure then it doesn't weed good. Either let it sit overnight and shrink a bit or flip it upside down and pull the backing paper off (kinda roll it) instead of pulling the tape from the backer.
  8. kheebl

    kheebl Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    MPLS, MN
    I bought a roll of clear R-tape and hated it, tossed it in the trash, I only use 4075 now
  9. BobM

    BobM Very Active Member

    May 31, 2008
    Cape Cod
    When I've had that problem it meant that I was cutting too deep and into the backing paper. Been using Oracal for many years with out a problem.
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  10. Thank all of you. I hate the clear too. Will try adjusting my blade. All good advise...
  11. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Member

    May 7, 2019
    Clear is great to us
    Never a problem with it. We have gone thru cases of it .

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