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How to Put DTF Transfers on Painted Wood Signs

You can use DTF transfers on painted wood signs, rather than a stencil or vinyl to make custom signs in minutes. 

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In this tutorial I'll show you just how easy it is to create wood sign transfers saving you tons of time! 

Why Use DTF Transfers on Wood Signs

Most people think DTF transfers can only be applied to garments..but I'm here to tell you that's not true!  We've been testing lots of applications with iron on transfers and turns out they're perfect for wood signs too! 

The biggest benefits of DTF transfers are that they are full color, no cut, no weed transfers. Unlike vinyl there's no weeding or layer involved. They can be applied in as little as 15 seconds so they're fast and a great way to scale your business if you're making in volume.  

If you only have a 12" vinyl cutter, like a CAMEO, but want to make a round wood sign, like this 14" sign, that's larger than that...unless you piece the vinyl or stencil together you're limited.  But you can get transfers as wide as 22" so they really are a great solution for various reasons.

Where to Get DTF Transfers for Wood Signs

Create your design or grab your wood sign design. The round wood sign SVG design I'm using is from So Fontsy.  A design like this would be need to be layered with two colors of vinyl. But with a DTF transfer there's no layering involved!

You can then upload that SVG or PNG image into the Gang Sheet Builder

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Size the transfer so it will fit on your sign.  For the 14" round I am using, I signed the design to 12.75". 
You can order JUST the single wood sign transfer or add other designs to the same gang sheet. There are hundreds of free designs in So Fontsy's gang sheet builder gallery to choose from.

How to Put DTF Transfers on Wood 

Then wait for for the DTF gang sheet to show up at your door.  If you're going to paint the sign do that while you wait so the paint has a good amount of time to dry. 

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When you get your DTF transfer, trim down the film so it's close to the transfers and use some high temperature tape to tape it to the wood sign. 

Use a heat press to press at 329 degrees for 15 seconds with medium pressure.  A swing away heat press is ideal because the top platen will come down evenly. A claim shell, on the other hand, that will hit the back of the wood sign first and then leave a small gap in the front possibly giving you uneven pressure. 

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Wait until the transfer is completely cool and then peel away the film leaving the transfer behind! 

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