Printing on Koozies and Other Promotional Items
Every week we receive hundreds of e-mails that give us great ideas for teaching our customers new items to heat print and useful tips on gaining business. This week, we received an e-mail wondering what the best solution is for heat printing onto drink insulators, coolies, or what most people know them as, koozies. Since these koozies are generally inexpensive to purchase and they are frequently used in households and around groups of people, many companies use them as promotional giveaways.
The most common koozie is made of neoprene or polyester and can be manufactured into the shape of an aluminum can, beer bottle and even larger sports bottles. Keep the type of fabric the koozie is made out of in mind when starting your search for the best heat printing options for your customer’s particular job. One type of option that can adhere to neoprene may not be the best option for polyester so do some homework before choosing a printing method.
Screen printing is one of the most popular decorating methods for koozies. The best alternative method to direct screen printing that most decorators are discovering is screen printed transfers using a heat press. With the exact same process as direct screen printing, the Goof Proof® screen printed ink formula from Transfer Express adheres perfectly to polyester and neoprene koozies of light and dark colors when using a heat press.
Another option for full color logos or designs is using a versatile digital transfer, CAD-PRINTZ™ Opaque, which will adhere to any type of fabric, even neoprene and polyester. This type of digital transfer can be printed with unlimited colors and special effects. Either type of printing method can be used however CAD-PRINTZ™ is great because of it’s versatility with fabric and full color artwork.
When using a professional heat press, keep in mind the object being heat pressed needs to be flat if using a flat press. Several manufacturers of can coolers have created a collapsible type that is easily laid on the platen and pressed. A cap press may be needed for other types of koozies that are not collapsible.
Let’s hear what you think about heat printing on can koozies or let us know if you have a heat printing topic you’d like us to explain!