Shrink Film FAQ
What Ink Jet printers does Grafix Ink Jet Shrink Film work with?
Grafix Inkjet Shrink Film has a general purpose inkjet coating that works in a variety of printers. It is not meant for any brand specifically. The coating is designed for dye based ink. There are some instances where it may work with pigment based inks, testing first is suggested. We always recommend testing the film first to make sure it works with the printer ink before printing your final design.
Can I use acrylic paint on Shrink Film?
We don’t have information on the heat tolerance of the acrylic paint and we would recommend you contact the paint manufacturer. Depending on your product you could add the paint after the film has shrunk.
Shrink Film Instructions and Helpful Hints
Can I add a design to my Shrink Film once it’s done baking?
Yes, you can add designs to Shrink Film with permanent markers, paint pens and rubber stamps before and after baking.
Do I need to seal my Shrink Film designs?
It is not necessary to seal your finished pieces. However, you can protect pieces that will be handled often with a polyurethane sealer. See attached information on sealants. Shrink Film Sealer FAQ
What type of markers/media work best on Shrink Film?
Permanent markers/pens work the best on non-Inkjet styles of Shrink Film.
My Shrink Film curled up, what do I do?
Shrink Film will curl up, then flatten back out, this is simply part of the shrinking process. Be patient while shrinking and wait for it to flatten out. If your film curls and sticks to itself, simply remove from the oven and using toothpicks or tweezers un-stick and return it to the oven. Placing a heavy weight vellum or piece of parchment paper on top of your projects while shrinking will minimize curling and sticking. Keep a spatula handy when shrinking so that you can use it to flatten projects as they are removed from the oven and still hot.
My Inkjet Shrink Film will not load in my printer, what do I do?
Try changing the printer settings to a thicker paper option – photo, glossy, etc. The available options will vary according to your printer model. If this solution does not work, we suggest contacting the printer manufacturer for additional assistance.
How do I know which side of my Inkjet Shrink Film to print on?
Both sides are printable.
I printed on both sides of my Shrink Film and it smeared, why?
Grafix has several styles of Shrink Film, check your packaging to make sure you have the Inkjet printable style, if not try using permanent markers or rubber stamps.
Can I put my Shrink Film in a Laser printer/copier?
No, Shrink Film will shrink when exposed to heat. Laser printers/copiers generate heat while they process. Putting Shrink Film in either could cause serious damage to the equipment.
Can I use an embossing heat gun to shrink my Shrink Film?
Yes, we suggest using tweezers or a stylus to hold the film while you heat.
How thick is the Shrink Film?
All Shrink Film styles are .010” prior to baking (or the thickness of a business card).
How much does the Shrink Film shrink?
There are many variables in how much Shrink Film will shrink, i.e. type of oven, temperature used, and time; in general Shrink Film will shrink to about 50% of its original size and become thicker.