Hopefully that title got your attention! This is not something we recommend, but we do want to let you know that it is doable. Thanks to Mark Merola and our fearless and creative customer, Mike Blakenship for forwarding me this story and the great photos. Here’s what happened. According to Mark, Mike wanted to know if he
could apply a heat transfer film to a motorcycle tire. Mike said he only wanted it to last long enough for one race. Mark reports, “In the past, I have personally used Super Film on some rubbery / plastic substrates with very good success, so I told him about what I did, and how I applied the Super Film.” Mike decided to give it a try and he ordered CAD-CUT Super Film™ heat transfer material and applied it to his tire, and then sent us before and after pictures. Wow! And it seems that Mike’s wish for the application to last at least until the end of the race has come true. The last picture is one of the tire after four races. Needless to say, he’s quite pleased. Of course I was curious as to how the application was actually executed. We always say you can heat print just about anything you can fit under a heat press. It looks like we may need to expand that to cover motorcycle tires. When I asked Mark how it was done, he said: “Very carefully!” “Due to the curvature of the tire, it was applied with a hand iron and a heat gun. The iron was used to tack the film in place, and then he went over it with a heat gun (paint stripper), and then immediately pressing down on it for adhesion.” Obviously, it was enough to get it to stick. For future applications, Mike said he is going to try and machine out a piece to insert into the tire cavity for the pressure equalization, which, if machined properly, would work great. The creativity and ingenuity of our customers never ceases to amaze me. As does the ever increasing demand for personalization, on just about anything you can think of. And while we normally recommend Super Film for use on performance wear, this type of performance is something we hadn’t considered until now. If there’s something unusual that you’ve decorated using a heat transfer material, let me know.