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Custom Leather Patches

Full Grain Leather Custom

These hand Made in America laser cut Premium Full Grain Leather patches will bring value to any hat or garment in your lineup. All of Esentl’s leather patches include our exclusive Premium Poly GripTec Leather heat adhesive backing. We source our Premium Veg Tan hides locally by family own businesses here in the states. With options from laser engraved to full color DTF prints and multiple stain options, your sure to create a beautiful patch that makes your items stand out. All of the dyes we use are Fiebings pro dye with a Resolene sealer option.

How to design your GRAPHICS FOR ENGRAVED PATCHES

heat press instructions

Upper platen heat 280-290F

Lower platen heat 280F

“Make sure your heating element doesn’t have any  heating inaccuracies.”

All heat presses may vary so dial in your settings beforehand for best results.

Pre press your hat for 7 seconds to eliminate any moisture and to loosen up the material, Make sure to mold the hat shape to the platen, you should have no bubbles between the hat and platen it should feel flat to the platen surface.

Peel the paper backing off patch and place the patch on the hat. Some patches may or may not come with a paper backing based on the adhesive style. The lower heat and pre press should help this patch  stay in place slightly. Hold the patch down to metl adhesive a bit, then, Press patch for 25-30 seconds …. If you are using the Hat Mat silicone pad which is highly recommended, so you don’t scorch your hats, double the dwell time to 45-50 seconds, or whatever time works best for your machine setup. Always preheat  your silicone pad first for best results. 

Watch my video for my techniques and process

Not needed

All Patches are Hand Wash Only

You can use LA Awesome or any natural Leather cleaning products to clean any residue on your patches

4-5 oz” Thickness

For all other hat presses here are some jumping off point setting you can use. As always practice on your machine to dial in your settings as they will vary from machine to machine

Time:
50-60 seconds w/ pad
Temperature:
340-350F
Pressure:
Medium
Cover Pad:
Esentl Hat mat Silicone Pad
 
Instructions:
Pre-heat your lower platen for 50-60 seconds. Add your hat and pre-heat for 20 seconds (using your silicone pad, prevents scorching and or burn marks). Make sure to mold the hat shape to the platen, you should have no gaps between the hat and the platen, it should be flat to the platen surface. Add patch and Cover with The Hat Mat Silicone flex pad and press.

Time

25-30 Seconds / 45-50 Seconds with silicone pad

360 IQ Hat Press Temperatures

Upper 280F / Lower 280F

Pressure

Medium 5-6 / with silicone pad 6-7

Cover pad

Recommended - The Hat Mat Silicone Pad

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important tips

  • Always use a silicone pad for best results or your 1/8″ foam pad for pre, and main, press, (adjust time and temp if using the foam pad) for post press use only a silicone pad (recommended)
  • Check your patches before placement.
  • Always check your heat press platen with a laser temperature  gun to ensure accurate temps.
  • Store your patches in a cool dry place.
  • Lint roll your hats prior to placement.
  • All tests are done using a Stahls Hotronix 360 IQ Hat press, your settings may vary for any other style hat press. For Patches upper and lower heat is recommended, which is why we use the 360 IQ.
  • Always order a few extra patches as well practice with other hats first to dial in your hat heat press settings

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