Q: Good morning. Does the flash reflective htv change color in direct sunlight? I am making shirts for my granddaughter's halloween soccer tournament.
A: Sun may not be enough, we've found that it works best in strong artificial lighting.
Q: Is this truly reflective? I’m looking for something that will shine bright when light hit it when walking at night with my dog.
A: Yes, this is truly reflective. These htvs and the Glitter Reflective htv are super reflective even at a distance. We posted a video to our Facebook page in August, showing how reflective these were at the far end of our warehouse at night. :)
Q: Whenever I try to add a 12 inch x 5 foot roll of color spark reflective athletic gold vinyl to my cart, I’m redirected to a page that says this item is out of stock... however when I’m on the page where you select a color, the page says gold is available. Explanation? Is athletic gold reflective htv 5ft roll in stock or no?
A: We currently have 2 rolls of Athletic gold in stock that we just added, we are expecting another shipment in 1-2 weeks.
Q: when it says normal light / direct light what is that? This is black turns white?
A: The direct light sections illustrates how it looks under a bright light (camera flash/studio lighting), the black has a reflective finish that reflects a white/light grey light.
Q: Can you purchase ColorSpark Flash Reflective Heat Transfer by the foot
A: At this time, we only offer this in the 5 foot rolls, we do not have 12x12 sheets available yet.
Q: Hi I’m just about to purchase 5 rolls of viny how to I get my 10%discount ?thankyou
A: The discount is automatically applied to the order, in face directly to the pricing of the individual item so it will not be reflected in the normal discount order.
Q: Is this good vinyl for decorating mail boxes (when used with htv anything)? Or is there a better choice?
A: We recommend the adhesive vinyls with outdoor use for the longest life span of the decals.
Q: Is it normal for the color layer to separate from the adhesive layer when weeding? or do I just need to bumo up the cutting force.... seems to cut great, but on curves it is leaving remnants along the edge
A: The only time I have seen the separation of layers you describe is when the cut force isn't quite high enough. We do recommend doing test cuts to be sure you have the cut specs dialed in properly, even if you've cut the material before. A capital letter B would be a good test for this material, as you mentioned the curves had given you issue when weeding.
Q: Can you layer this material over the same material? I am trying to do a pink and white design and want it to be reflective.
A: It's always best to design the layers to be knocked out so each htv material gets a full grab to the fabric. Less risk of peeling and it leaves a nice clean professional look.
Q: How fast is your standard shipping to Arizona?
A: Orders placed before 12 pm EST Mon-Fri (excluding weekends and holidays) may ship on the same day, excluding Pre-Cut Templates, Pre-Cut Starter Kits, Custom Design Requests, Bling Anything Rhinestone Sheets, and Heat Presses. Processing, shipping, and delivery times can vary and are not guaranteed. Check FedEx and USPS for additional delays.
Orders placed after 12 pm EST, or on days with no pickup, will start being fulfilled the next business day, in the order in which they were received.
Here's our shipping page: https://therhinestoneworld.com/shipping
ColorSpark Flash Reflective Heat Transfer Vinyl
Q: Is the reflective on an adhesive sheet or static sheet?
A: Our ColorSpark Flash Reflective htv is on an adhesive carrier, so it very easy to cut and weed even small details.
Q: Can the color spark reflective vinyl be layered with vinyl on top and can the glitter reflective be sublimated on.
A: We have layered on top of the ColorSpark Flash reflective, however designs that are layered on this material don't last as long as designs layered on Easyweed. We prefer to knockout designs so that all layers of htv are pressed to the fabric. This not only gives a lighter hand to the finished garment, it also eliminates other issues that can come from layering htv, such as bubbling.
We have not tried subbing on the reflective glitter. We have a great group on Facebook that you can join, Crafting with Rhinestones and Vinyl hosted by the TRW Crew. Members can post questions like this, to see if others have attempted different decoration methods, ask for advice on sourcing blanks or other issues that come up in this industry.
Q: Which temperature I have to use for this kind of vinyl?
A: Hi there! We recommend a temperature of 295*F - 305*F for 8 seconds, and doing a warm/cool peel. I'll link our pressing specs below for you as well!
Q: Hi, I just watched the video on the colorspark vinyl that changes color in the microwave or freezer. Where do you purchase or was this just a demo?
A: On the website, click the drop menu for permanent vinyl. Hover over ColorSpark, a sub menu will pull out to the side. This is where the temperature color change vinyl (permanent, we also have htv) are located.
They're marked as to which are for cold, and which are for heat changing. Do NOT ever put any kind of vinyl in the microwave, as it can off gas chemicals. There are no vinyl anywhere that are microwave safe. The heat from your coffee in a coffee mug is what changes the vinyl.
Q: Do you sell samples/test strips of HTV/ Heat Transfer Vinyl?
A: I'm sorry, we do not offer samples of our ColorSpark htv, as it comes to us on rolls from our manufacturer. We do offer discounted Quantity pricing on all of our ColorSpark branded products, though. Most discounts start when you order 2 or more of the same item and we let you mix n match colors to get the discounts sooner. So, for example, you could order a roll of ColorSpark Flash Reflective htv in Midnight Rainbow, and a roll in White to get 5% off the rolls. The more rolls you order in a single transaction, the greater the savings.
Q: Do you have samples? I am looking to make some money with this product and would love a color sample pack.
A: Hi there!
Unfortunately, we do not have samples of the ColorSpark htv, as it comes to us from our manufacturer on rolls. We do offer discounted pricing when you buy 2 or more rolls, though. And we let you mix n match colors to get the discounts faster.
Q: what blade is best? 45 degree or 65?
A: We use the 45 degree blade for almost all materials, with the exception of thick materials, like Brick htv, in which case we use the 65 degree blade.
We have our recommended cut specs listed under the FAQ section at the bottom of every TRW page or you can copy/paste this link: https://www.therhinestoneworld.com/colorspark-cut-settings
Remember, these are just starting points for cut settings, as every machine will have it's own calibration. Plus, the life of your blade and cutting mat will come into play. Please do test cuts on any material, so you can be sure the cut specs are dialed in properly.
Q: Does this vinyl have good stretch?
A: The ColorSpark Flash Reflective htv doesn't really have stretch, but it does have a nice, light hand. I'd say the stretch is similar to regular Siser Easyweed, although the Flash Reflective feels lighter on a shirt than Easyweed.
Q: I bought the white, dark blue, and golden yellow flash reflective and layered it on a shirt. Some areas had all three colors, so three layers. Everything looked good until he wore it. It instantly peeled and curled up. How can this be repaired and how can I layer without issue in the future. I’m also wondering about the lack of reflectivity.
A: The reflective can be layered, but if you'd like to take extra precaution, knock out each layer first so they all have fabric to grip.
There's many things that could have caused the vinyl to peel, let's go through just a few of them:
Was the shirt brand new or prewashed? If washed, things like the soap not being rinsed well enough, or fabric softener can ruin the adhesive to fabric bond before you even get started.
Was the shirt laundered on a high heat and not turned inside out first?
What was the shirt made of? If polyester did you do a water drop test first?
Have you checked the health of your press? If you're using an Easy Press that's likely the culprit, as they're notoriously off on temp. Get a cheap heat temp gun (roughly $15 on our Amazon list on site) and test all four corners and center of your press monthly like we do to be sure there's no cold spots.
Did you overcook/press the vinyl? In layers you need to tack press each layer for only a couple of seconds, then do a full press at the final end layer. If the vinyl was overcooked that could also damage the reflect feature, as the reflective agents will cook and sink lower into the adhesive vs stay near the top to shine.
The reflective won't be bright during the day, they're like a street sign. You can see the 65mph sign great on the highway but at night with a light shining near it, it lights up. Test it in the dark with your phone flash, or a flashlight.
These are all good places to start!
Q: I used the gold on a t-shirt and I layered a thinner htv on top of it. The first time we washed the tee, the top layer of htv peeled away…any ideas? Should I only layer it with another reflective htv?
A: We have layered Siser Glitter htv over the top of our ColorSpark Flash Reflective htv with no issues. What were the pressing specs of your thinner htv and how did you press it? Heat press, iron or Easypress? A useful tool that we use daily, even with our commercial presses is an infrared thermometer. It tells you what the temperature coming off the heated platen is and be sure to check in multiple areas. Usually, when htv lifts, it's because the press has cold spots and the heat-activated adhesive was not pressed long or hot enough.
However, it's also possible to "overcook" your htv. If your heat is too high or your pressure is too high, you can wreck the adhesive on that layer of htv.
One suggestion for your design is something we like to do..knock out or slice out the top layer through the bottom layer in your design software. This allows each layer of htv to be pressed directly to the shirt. Be sure to just tack press the first layer, so that you don't shrink it at all. Peel the carrier to align the second layer.
You can also tack the second layer, remove the carrier and cover the entire design with a protective cover sheet and do a full press of the design. This hack helps prevent those litle score marks from being pressed into the first layer of htv.
Hope this helps!