Sublimation heat transfer printing is the process of producing a printed design from an inkjet printer using sublimation ink. The design is printed on to sublimation paper and then heat transferred onto a blank sublimation product to enable customisation of the item.
In order for the sublimation ink to transfer and create a permanent bond with the blank item the product must be either ‘sublimation coated’ or ‘sublimation ready’.
This means the product has either been coated with a special polymer coating or the product material contains polyester.
What can be printed with sublimation?
Providing you have the correct heat press or heat source to perform the sublimation transfer process. There are a huge range of products available on the market. |The products should all be sold as ‘sublimation coated’ or ‘sublimation ready’ these include-
- Ceramic Mugs
- Ceramic Tiles
- MDF coasters
- Glass Sheets
- Aluminium Sheets
- Polyester Mouse Mats
- Polyester Cushion Covers
- Polyester Aprons
- Polyester Bags
- And much, much more.
What materials are not compatible with sublimation?
Items that cannot be transferred onto are either supplied without the polymer sublimation coating applied or are fabrics that are made from natural fibres these include-
Cotton – cotton is a natural fibre. It contains no polyester and so has nothing for the sublimation ink to bond to.
Dark fabrics – sublimation transfer printing is best suited to white or pale pastel colours. Printing not to dark or black fabrics will yield poor visibility of the design. The rule of thumb here is- if the ink is darker than the fabric it will be visible. i.e. black ink transferred onto a yellow fabric.
Can I coat my own product with sublimation polymer coating?
Yes, we provide the Subli Glaze coating range which is designed to be a Do-It-Yourself sublimation coating allow the user to coat products that are not available as a ‘sublimation ready’ item.
The Subli Glaze coating range includes a clear coating, opaque white base coating and translucent white coating. Each is designed for different product applications. All can be used for coating hard surfaces such as wood, metal, glass and even stone.