How to Achieve a Foil Finish

Josh Ellsworth

Josh is the VP of sales, dealer channel for Stahls'. He deals in the sales and implementation of heat-applied, apparel-decorating systems with a focus on customization. He holds skills in the production, sale, and marketing of customized apparel. He presents seminars at trade shows and contributes articles to trade publications, like Printwear magazine.

There are a number of different metallic finishes that you can achieve with a heat press. One such look, and the one that is the most sought after right now, is the foil finish. This finish can be achieved by heat printing a base layer of ink via screen-printed transfer or adhesive via vinyl-cut transfer. Then place the foil over the areas you would like to finish with a metallic look and apply it at the same heat as the base layer application.

Once the garment has cooled down, peel away the foil, and you’ll be left with a shiny, metallic finish.