Surfaces That HTV Will Stick To

Surfaces That HTV Will Stick To

Surfaces That HTV Will Stick To

Are you interested in doing a fun, interesting HTV project on an unconventional surface but are unsure if it’ll stick? This short, simple guide will outline the types of surfaces that HTV will stick to and the ones that are unlikely to work.

What Works

Fabrics are a given, but what about leather, ceramic, and glass? The good news is that there’s a huge range of unexpected surfaces that HTV does, in fact, stick to. Some require slight alterations to the application process, but most materials work with the standard HTV settings.

Here’s a short list of surfaces that HTV will stick to.


HTV works perfectly on leather! You can apply vinyl to leather according to the ordinary heat settings.


HTV sticks well on canvas, too, but you’ll have to alter your methods. The ordinary heat settings will work, but you’ll want to swap out your iron for a heat press and press down with a little extra force.


Cardstock also works well. You can use the regular heat settings for this application process.


HTV sticks to acrylic, but you’ll want to ensure the material is highly durable. Less durable acrylic can melt under excessive heat. Use a mini iron and heat the vinyl in short, five-second bursts.


You’ll need a mitt to protect your hand from the heated metal and some extra time and force, but vinyl does, in fact, stick to metal.


Glass follows the same principles as metal—use a mitt and put in some extra force. The vinyl will peel if exposed to excess steam or heat, so, from now on, you’ll have to handwash your new project in cold water.


HTV sticks well to most types of wood. Treated wood works better than untreated wood. You should never apply vinyl to wood with glossy finishes, or else the topcoat will burn off.


Ceramic is a good option but is less durable than other materials. Your HTV will stick, but not permanently.

What Doesn’t

Unfortunately, there are a few surfaces that can’t withstand the heat transfer process. Here are just a few:


For obvious reasons, plastic is a no-go. The material is too susceptible to melting and is usually too slick for the HTV to adhere correctly.


Under the normal settings, HTV won’t adhere to polished granite. You might find success with an unpolished version of the material, but don’t hold your breath.


Attempting to apply an HTV to this material will melt your carpet. If it’s any consolation, the vinyl will burn into it, too!


The surface of cork is usually too gritty to work with. The vinyl doesn’t stick and tends to rip during the process.

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