Foil is the least permanent decoration process that we use. It tarnishes after washing and may start to flake off slightly after numerous washes. We recommend including washing instructions with foil decorated garments. All foil garments should be washed inside-out.
Large solid areas of foil may exhibit some speckling. We print our foil adhesive with a similarly tinted ink color to minimize this effect. For this reason, foil is generally better suited for distressed looks, accents and designs with a good deal of negative space.
Regarding durability, we’ve found that the consistency and level application of the adhesive layer and the post-heat-press “setting” of the foil to have the greatest effect on the durability of the decoration. We “set” the foil by sending back through the conveyor dryer after the heat press step. This seems to solidify the adhesion for increased durability through multiple laundry cycles.