Tips for using Iron Orchid Design Transfers
Prep your piece well - ensure the surface is well cleaned. Dust and sanding residue will prevent adhesion.
Paint porosity, particularly with chalk and mineral type paints without a “built in topcoat” can reduce adhesion. It is recommended to
seal your paint first to increase the surface for adhesion.
Ensure paint is fully dry before applying sealer, then ensure sealer has fully dried before applying transfer.
Seal the transfer with another coat of sealer, thing coats are preferable.
When you unpack your transfer, apply masking tape bits to all ends of the 2 layers to keep your transfer together, while you fiddle with it.
As you cut and trim your transfer (if you need to), mask the 2 pieces together so they don’t uncurl while you are playing with them.
Burnishing is really important. After the transfer is down securely (clean dry hand to get all edges and wrinkles down), then do a thorough burnishing. This simply means taking a clean dry soft cloth and in circular motion with increasing pressure, buff until the transfer is really adhered down well.
This step is really important.
Once in a while, it happens, a transfer peels. With the high number of variables involved (type of paint, sealer, surface, weather, application, etc) there is room for the occasional failure to occur. If this happens, it can usually be repaired by using something to gently, every so delicately re-adhere the peeled bits down.