Applying Badges Print E-mail
Written by Scott Ferguson   
Monday, 25 June 2012 23:23

Thanks for buying one of our quality badges! Currently we sell two different styles of badge:-

3D Badge Transfer

The three-dimensional badge is a top-quality product specially made under licence, originally seen in Australia on the A-League Referee uniforms. The badge consists of a reflective background behind a spot-colour felt surface, allowing for great colour reproduction and superior visibility of the badge, especially under lights and on television.

Heatpress application

3D badges are warranted only if applied with a professional heatpress. Heatpressing services are available from AusRef, or most large sports stores (incl. Rebel Sport) for a fee. The heatpressing process bonds the badge together as well as to the garment, and if done properly should last as long as the garment itself.

Pre-test the fabric for melting, scoring, curling or other problems by applying heat at 140-160°C (check garment manufacturer's recommendations). Application to waterproof/water-resistant fabrics, leather or slick nylons is not recommended due to adhesion or scorching problems.

Place the complete transfer including plastic frame onto the garment with the white adhesive side down, and position properly. Apply heat at 140-160°C at firm pressure (~90% of machine's pressure range) for 15-20 seconds dwell time. If garment/fabric can only tolerate lower temperatures or dwell time, badge may still be applied but ensure firm pressure is maintained throughout. Remove from heat press keeping flat, without pulling or twisting whilst warm as this will weaken adhesion.

Allow the transfer to cool to room temperature to the touch, and slowly peel away the plastic film backing. Check that the design has transferred properly - if not, replace film and repeat process. If done correctly the graphics should look clear, feel soft, and last!

Iron application

Application with a clothing iron is not recommended, but directions are offered if a heatpress is not available. Follow the above directions, with a clean clothes iron set to 140-160°C according to the garment specifications (if iron does not specify temperatures, use the nylon/wool/silk setting - do NOT increase to cotton/linen levels) and turn off any steam functions.

Pre-test that the fabric can tolerate the temperature for at least 15 seconds. Application to waterproof/water-resistant fabrics, leather or slick nylons is not recommended.

Place the complete transfer including plastic frame onto the garment with the white adhesive side down, and position properly. Place a thin layer of cotton (eg. old sheet, pillowcase or thin tea-towel) over the top of the transfer, and then apply very firm pressure with the iron to the entire badge area, preferably without moving the iron around in way you usually would when ironing. Hold the pressure firm for 15-20 seconds (again, refer to garment manufacturer's recommendations) and then remove iron and allow transfer to cool to room temperature whilst keeping flat. Slowly peel away the plastic film backing - check that the design has transferred properly - if not, replace film and repeat process.

Embroidered badges

Our quality embroidered badges are designed to be used in a number of different ways, depending on whether you want to permanently adhere it to a surface, or simply temporarily attach it once to remove after your games and re-use later.

Temporary Application

All our embroidered have a heat-activated glue backing, which provides a great stable surface even for temporary applications. We recommend visiting a good hardware store and looking for double-sided carpeting tape, which is extremely thin (a fraction of a millimetre) and has just the right level of adhesive to keep it secure to your garment during your game, but allowing it to be easily removed afterwards.

Simply cut off enough of the tape and apply it to the back of your badge, and then remove the backing paper to apply it to the garment. Afterwards, remove it from the garment and peel off (and dispose of) the tape.

It is important not to leave the badge taped to the shirt if you put it through a hot washing machine or dryer, as these temperatures may activate the adhesive backing and the badge could either stick to the tape (which will obviously lose its effectiveness over time) or bond to the garment, quite possibly in the wrong position. Be sure to remove it before washing!

Permanent Application

For permanent application of the badge, you have a few options. The badges are all designed to be easily sewn to virtually any fabric backing, and their solid construction will hold cotton thread as well as any vilene backing.

Alternatively a heatpress or iron can be used to activate the adhesive and bond it to the garment. Pre-test the fabric you are using at up to 180ºC (usually between the wool/cotton setting on most irons) and if it is able to withstand the temperature, place the badge in the correct position. If using an iron, place a thin layer of cotton (eg. old sheet, pillowcase or thin tea-towel) over the top of the badge - this is not necessary with a professional heatpress, although you may wish to use a teflon pressing sheet according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Apply firm pressure (up to 90% of a heatpress' range) for around 15-20 seconds, keeping movement to a minimum - note that pressure is as important as temperature in getting a good bond with the badge. Remove heat and allow to cool flat. Once cool, check that the badge has applied properly - if not, repeat the process.

We recommend you avoid using a hot clothes dryer with the garment if this method has been used, as it may weaken the adhesive over time. If this does happen, you should be able to re-apply the badge, but the glue will lose effectiveness after many applications.

adidas Performance

The 2012 range of adidas Referee garments are rated to 150°C. 3D transfers should apply perfectly well on a heatpress at 150°C with 15-20s dwell provided firm pressure is maintained. Embroidered badges may require one or two dwells of 20-25s at this temperature.

Please note these instructions are provided for reference purposes. It is your responsibility to check the manufacturer's recommendations for any fabric you apply the badges to, as we cannot be held responsible for damage caused.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 00:04