What do I set my heat press to for sublimation?
Adjusting your heat-press settings for sublimation will mainly depend on what type of substrate you’ll be pressing. For 100% polyester garments, this is usually around 385°-400°F and 45-60 seconds at medium pressure.
Is there a special heat press for sublimation?
Most sublimation substrates are pressed using a flat heat press, many of which are available in several sizes and three different platen configurations: clam-shell, swing-away and drawer. Clam-shell units are the most common heat-press type.
How do you dye sublimation?
For sublimation to take place, you need heat and pressure. Successful dye-sublimation requires the following two-part process: Print graphics onto special transfer paper using sublimation inks. Use a heat press to transfer the ink-on-paper to the item you want to decorate.
Which is better sublimation or heat transfer?
If your business focuses or mainly focuses in white and light-color polyester apparel, sublimation is a great option. Your prints will have the lightest hand and great durability and washability. However, if you want to print on any color or material type, heat transfer paper will be your best bet.
What happens if you sublimate on 100 cotton?
In the case of products that allow cotton sublimation, the resulting image will be on the surface instead of in the surface, and may crack, peel or fade over time.
Is sublimation hot or cold peel?
Be prepared for a hot peel by having your heat resistant gloves on so that you do not burn yourself. The sublimation paper, product, and heat press surface will be HOT.
How long do I heat press sublimation shirt?
Sublimation Transfers Application & Help
- Set your heat press to 400 degrees. Time: 45-60 seconds.
- Place sheets of white copy paper or parchment paper inside your shirt to prevent bleed through.
- Position your transfer face down (use heat tape if desired) and cover with Teflon sheet.
- Remove transfer immediately.
Can I use regular ink on sublimation paper?
Sublimation paper is specifically made to lock in the gas that sublimated ink releases. Regular ink isn’t made to be compatible with sublimation paper, and will usually smear right off the page if you print using this paper.
Can you eat off a sublimation plate?
Can you eat off a sublimation plate? Generally, you don’t eat on a sublimated plate but if you want to eat on a sublimation plate then make sure that the sublimation ink and the materials used in the printing are harmless.
How long does sublimation ink last on shirts?
A printer’s sublimation inks have a shelf life. Leaving them in the printer too long will cause issues such as color shifting, head clogs and banding. Many people agree that you can print past the “use-by” date without any issues, but a good rule of thumb is to use the cartridges within six months of installing them.