Removing Vinyl From My Favorite Shirt
This is a Favorite Comfort Colors Shirt that I created. After quite a few washings the Holographic Vinyl was starting to fade. I know, now, that I probably should not have put it in the drier. It's the first time this has happened, so I'm not sure exactly WHY. I want to replace the HTV on it. So, I'm going to show you one way to remove Heat Transfer Vinyl.
Here's a better photo of exactly what was happening to my Siser Black Holographic... which by the way looks great with Siser's Electric Frosted Blueberry.
I'm going to use this Remover that I purchased from "The Rhinestone World". There are other products out there, so find what works for you. There's another product I had that was an aerosal that I purchase from JSI In Atlanta.
I used a toothbrush and poured the remover into a little plastic dish I had lying around. This method worked better than just pouring the product onto the shirt. It has the consistency of water so be careful! It could have taken ALL of the vinyl off of my shirt! But that's NOT what I wanted. This time, I just want to remove the holographic so the brush is helping to keep the product exactly where I want it. However if has to be really wet, and you need to work pretty fast because it dries FAST. If it dries up on you, no worries, just add more. If you wet it then walk away, you'll have to start over.
You can see here that after a few minutes, the vinyl will begin to come right up. The TRW remover actually dissolves the adhesive behind the vinyl causing it to lift and peel.
Since I'm using the brush, I can work around the Siser Electric Blueberry that I want to keep on the shirt. My idea is that I will remake just the coffee part of the design and my shirt will still be wearable.
And, here, you can see here how saturated I'm keeping my shirt as I work.
Which caused a problem!! DON'T DO THIS! I caused some discoloration of my pool table cover because I forgot to lay an old towel under my shirt. I guess I learned my lesson. Now to wash my shirt again and make it as good as new!
I'll Post my Vinyl REDO on my next blog. (IF All goes well). Wish me luck!