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PU HTV vs PVC HTV

Polyurethane (PU) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) are the two most common types of heat transfer vinyl (HTV) used for decorating fabrics. Both materials have their own unique properties and advantages, making them suitable for different applications.


PU HTV is made from a soft and flexible material that is easy to cut and weed. It has a matte finish and is available in a wide range of colors and patterns. PU HTV is ideal for creating detailed designs on garments and other fabrics. It is also durable and stretchable, making it a good choice for activewear and other garments that will be subject to wear and tear.


PVC HTV is a thicker and more rigid material than PU HTV. It has a glossy finish and is also available in a wide range of colors and patterns. PVC HTV is easier to cut than PU HTV, but it can be more difficult to weed. PVC HTV is a good choice for creating large, bold designs on garments and other fabrics. It is also less expensive than PU HTV.


Here is a table comparing PU and PVC HTV


Which type of HTV is right for you?

The best type of HTV for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. If you are looking for a material that is soft, flexible, and durable, then PU HTV is a good choice. If you are looking for a material that is easy to cut and less expensive, then PVC HTV is a good choice.


Here are some additional things to consider when choosing between PU and PVC HTV:

  • The type of fabric you will be using. PU HTV is compatible with a wider range of fabrics than PVC HTV. PVC HTV is best suited for use on cotton and polyester fabrics.

  • The type of design you want to create. PU HTV is better suited for creating detailed designs, while PVC HTV is better suited for creating large, bold designs.

  • Your budget. PU HTV is more expensive than PVC HTV.

If you are unsure which type of HTV is right for you, it is always best to consult with us.


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