Making Foil Heat Transfers | Metallic and Neon Transfer Printing

Foil heat transfers are a t-shirt maker’s secret weapon. You can produce crowd pleasing, profitable results in no time with the DigitalHeat FX 8432 system you’ll learn more about below!

This system offers you the versatility to create full color t-shirts and custom hard surface goods. And that’s what all of our customers do, of course. BUT, our EZ Peel Metallic and Neon Papers offer you a unique opportunity to get more attention and make more money in addition to full color custom t-shirts.

Let’s break down some numbers.

Foil Heat Transfer T-Shirts for Sale

After a quick online search on websites like Etsy, custom t-shirts with metallic or neon detailing are retailing anywhere from $15 to $35.  

AND these shirts are not really custom the way a white toner printer owner would think about it. 

Most t-shirt sellers we found limit customers to “your text here” applications. Those types of “designs” don’t command the same pricing as a something like a neon or metallic design would.

So comfortably let’s say you can retail custom metallic and neon t-shirts for at least $25 each.

Foil Heat Transfer T-Shirts – Costs to Produce

Now, each 11”x17” transfer sheet costs about $3.90 each. (available in boxes of 100 pcs) Normally that size paper will produce TWO standard 8×10” designs. We love the full sheet transfers though, so that’s what you see in our video! And we’ll use that in our example as well.

The better the quality shirt, the better the image and happier your customer will be. For all of our sample shirts we send out and for this project we used a District Perfect Weight Tee (DT104).

This is a premium 100% cotton t-shirt that can be found on for $4.78 a piece. Just like you can offer 8X10 neon designs that only cost $1.95/image, you can find lower quality blank shirts for ½ this cost if that’s what you want.


This means with the t-shirt and paper costs it will cost you about $6.73 to make each custom metallic or neon t-shirt.

How much can I make selling Foil Transfer T-Shirt designs?

The DigitalHeat FX System based on the DigitalHeat FX 8432 is FAST. Each shirt is only under the heat press for about 3 minute’s total.

Revenues per Hour: $300

Even with cooling time and set up considered, you can comfortably produce 12 shirts an hour using the products listed above.

Sale price: $25.00

By retailing each custom metallic or neon shirt at $25 a piece you can make $300 in just one hour!

Revenues per hour: 12 shirts per hour X $25.00/shirt = $300.00

Materials Costs per Hour: $67.30

Remember, our cost of the transfer paper + the blank t-shirt is $6.73.

So,12 shirts is going to cost you about $67.30 in materials.

12 shirts per hour X $6.73/per shirt = $67.30

Profit per Hour: $232.70

After subtracting the cost of goods you are able to put $232.70 in your pocket for just ONE HOUR OF WORK!

Foil Transfer Printer Return on Investment

Here’s the fun math on making metallic and neon transfers:

With an average financing price of $242 a month for our DigitalHeat FX Basic Package you can ALMOST make your payments by selling just 12 t-shirts a month.

Everything after that is pure profit!

More about Foil Transfer Supplies:

The sheets come in 100 pack of our 11×17 EZ Peel Gold Metallic Paper or EZ Peel Orange Neon Paper [like you see in the picture] is available on Colman and Company for $389.95.

Metallic Transfer Sheets:

Neon Transfer Sheets:

But you can also start with this sample kit, where you’ll get a nice mix of everything you can inspire your customers with: Metallic and Neon Sample Kit

The versatility of the DigitalHeat FX System is unmatched. Live chat one of our pros today to get started or call 855-348-4839