PVC vs PU Heat Transfer Vinyl

PU and PVC heat transfer vinyl are both commonly used for garment customization. Hence, among knowing the different types of vinyl, there one more thing you should know while dealing in the HTV business. It the difference PVC vs PU heat transfer vinyl.


Let’s see some points regarding PVC vs PU HTV.

1. PU stands for Polyurethane types of vinyl and PVC stands for Polyvinylchloride
PU heat transfer vinyl is thinner and more stretchable. It is desired medium for t-shirt transfer graphics. Hence, they feel like a part of the garment itself. This softness is what makes them perfect for apparel graphics.
Whereas, PVC vinyl is generally thicker and less flexible. Hence, they don’t have that “soft hand” like the PU vinyl

2.PU has a matte finish and provides a realistic imitation of leather and is 90 microns S9 Series  It is to give finer details to the design. PVC S1 Series also has a matte finish and just much thicker 150 micron and less strechable usually. PU is more suitalbe to cut tiny words and PVC better for bigger lettering and numbers. Seaart PVC also ok to cut quite small letters for latest updated version. 

3.In addition to being soft, PU heat transfer vinyl is OekoTex Standard 100 compliant. They’re kid-safe. On the other hand, PVC is not so safe for kids who often put the garments into their mouths. Hence, PVC should be preferred for decorating adult attire.

4.PU heat transfer vinyl is expensive but PVC is less expensive in comparison. It costs about 30% less than PU vinyl. Hence, it’s a good option for people with a tight budget.

5.Both the PU and PVC come in multiple color shades but generally, PU has more color variety to choose from. Also it’s more easy to custom PU colors as whatever you need in smaller MOQ.

6.Furthermore, PU HTV is always a preferred vinyl type while specifically working with laser cutters. This is because the PVC can damage the lens of the laser cutter. Therefore, most vinyl producers now produce PU vinyl to make t compatible with all types of cutters. Seaart PU and PVC all adjusted well for plotter and laser both cutting. 

How to use PVC and PU vinyl

· Cut the design in reverse order using a cutting plotter.

· Now, weed the excess material.

· After weeding, place the design on the garment.

· Set the temperature of the heat press machine at 150°C – 160°C.

· Press for 10 – 15 seconds.

· Remove the backing film when it is cool. Seaart HTV ok to be warm peel. 


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *