Application Instructions for Alley Cat Hydes

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Application Instructions

alley cat hydes

Consider what kind of fabric you will be applying your Hyde to. 

Some fabrics cannot take the heat (from the iron) that it takes to get the glue to the proper temperature for the Hyde to adhere.  Cotton, cotton blends, denim, flannel and similar fabrics are ideal, because they can handle the heat.  Polyesters and rayon’s, gets more tricky; silk and specialized fabrics, you’re taking a big chance. Now when it comes to nylon, forget it. The heat will ruin it. For nylon, we recommend liquid glue that does not require any heat. Remember, once you use liquid glue, there is no going back (at least that’s been our experience).

Tip’s on where to place your hyde.

Before you fire up the iron, lay out your jacket, blouse, shirt, pants, backpack or whatever, and decide where exactly you want the Hyde to be placed. Placement is everything.

If this is the only one you intend to iron on this piece, put it in a tastefully prominent position and make the placement look intentional. Although, if you are using your Hyde to actually “hide” a hole or stain, you’ll just have to do the best you can as a way of expressing yourself.

If you’re planning on ironing on more than one Hyde in a particular area, plan ahead to make sure there will be room for the additional Hydes. Note – the Hydes can be applied over the top of one another to allow for you to make interesting collages or continuous designs.

If you are covering a hole in a stress area – such as the knees or crotch make sure you picked a big enough Hyde to not only cover the damaged area but it must also grab good, healthy fabric. If the fabric around the hole has basically deteriorated and is real rough, has that “fuzzy” feel and can be easily torn, the Hyde will not stick very well or for very long.

Note – if you have a seam that is ripping out or a split in the crotch area or a similar problem, our Hydes will not take the place of sewing. The adhesive can take some stress but not that kind of stress for any length of time.

Let’s get started applying your new hyde.

Start with a clean garment.
Make sure you are starting with a clean garment. If your item is new and has never been washed, it must be washed to remove the stray fibers and residues from the manufacturing process (that make adhesion more difficult).

You will need a standard, household iron (steam is not going to be used).

Lay your item flat out, or at least the application area, as best you can to make sure the iron will get really good contact over the entire surface of the Hyde. You can do this on an ironing board (probably the best and easiest) but any hard, flat surface that will handle the heat of the iron will do. **Note – I know we shouldn’t have to say this but we know someone out there will try to iron their Hyde on while still wearing the item. Don’t do this!

Set your iron to the highest temperature setting (usually cotton) then plug it in and turn it on. Make sure to turn OFF any steam settings as this will cause the Hyde to not be applied.

Pre-iron the area where your Hyde is to be applied to make sure it is flat and wrinkle free.  While the fabric is still warm, position the Hyde exactly where you want it, lay the Hyde down and iron over your Hyde until the Hyde has applied to your fabric.  And that’s all there is to it.  Easy to apply.

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