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WHILE SUBLIMATION CAN BE USED ON A WIDE VARIETY OF COATED SUBSTRATES, THESE INSTRUCTIONS ARE GEARED TOWARD FABRIC
Sublimation is an ink printed on a special transfer paper that you heat press. For fabric, it has to be applied on at least 50% polyester and the fabric should be white or a very very light color. Light greys and creams work fine. For the brightest results, you would want to use 100% poly but for people like me who like a more aged look, I use alot of blends 📷🙂 The higher the poly count, the brighter the colors.
These instructions are a VERY GENERAL guide to sublimation prints.
· Set heat press temp to between 360 and 400 degrees.
· Prep garment to be pressed by removing any lint or debris from the print surface.
· Place protective sheet of paper (parchment, butcher’s paper, Teflon sheet, etc) underneath the garment to be pressed.
· Place second sheet of protective paper between layers of the garment to be pressed to stop any ink bleed through (especially if the garment is thin).
· Sublimation print will come as a mirrored image; place the printed image face down on the area the print is going to transfer to.
· Cover the print with an additional sheet of protective paper to keep any ink from vaporizing onto the heat press. This could transfer a ghost image from residual ink onto something else later (which would be very bad!!).
· Press the image and garment for anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds with a medium pressure.
· Open the heat press and remove the print paper quickly. IT WILL BE HOT TO THE TOUCH!!! Be careful…
· Remove garment and check the print.