How to Judge the Quality of Dye Sublimation Ink?

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How to Judge the Quality of Dye Sublimation Ink?

In the sublimation printing industry, many friends often hear about the dye sublimation ink, and some of them are either because the ink is blocked, or because the ink quality is not good, the printed effect is not very satisfactory. For these problems with sublimation ink selection, Sublistar shares some tips on how to properly select sublimation inks.

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Ink particle size
The large-sublimation dye sublimation ink is easy to cause the printer to plug, and the image of the product produced is not delicate enough. When viewed with a magnifying glass, the granular shape can be clearly seen. In general, the domestic sublimation ink particles will be larger than the particles of the imported sublimation ink, which results in the printer not being fine enough to read and transfer the image.

sublimation printing inkThe purity of sublimation ink color
This problem should be encountered by everyone, and some inferior digital sublimation ink black is somewhat red and purple. For thermal transfer inks, black ink is the most easily color cast, so when you choose, you can first print a black color block to see if the color after transfer is black. This is also an important indicator that directly distinguishes the advantages and disadvantages of sublimation inks.

The ink reduction rate
Sublimation inks are mainly used to transfer images to products through the characteristics of sublimation, so the color reduction rate is more important. Generally, the reduction rate of the imported ink can reach 90%, and the image on the thermal transfer paper after the transfer is substantially white. So the color saturation of the image is very good, and the color is brighter.

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Introducion of Dye Sublimation Ink

Dye sublimation ink is the most commonly used ink that you see for sublimating textile products. It transfers ink from paper to fabrics. Sublimation ink is water-soluble that is made from raw and natural materials like plants, or some synthetic materials. The colorant, mixed with the water, gives the ink colors.

Compared to most other dye-based inks, you will find this one lasts longer. The ink is able to produce vivid, bright, saturated, brilliant photo-quality colors. Prints with this ink easily outstand cracking, peeling, and washing away by water.

As the ink contains Cyan Magenta Yellow Overcoating, it eliminates black ink that ensures a clear overcoating ink. Due to this, the printed objects are protected from moisture, air, and UV rays, as well.

Because of its small molecular particle size, the sublimation transfer ink gives brilliant and well-saturated colors. The ink is used in most inkjet printers as dye goes well with such printers.

As far as regular document printing is concerned, using the dye ink is recommended for inkjet printing to print PVC cards, paper, photo paper, etc. It’s a more economical option than pigment ink.

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Dye sublimation ink is mostly used for heat transfer printing that allows a design to imprint on textiles from paper. The heat press machine delivers heat and pressure, and the dye turns into gas, synthetic fibers of the textile then open to receives the gas. When it’s cool, the colorant encapsulates and sticks to the garment firmly.

Apart from printing textiles, you can also use digital ink for printing metal, ceramic, fiberboard, and many other materials. However, a special coating on the surface is required to hold the dye ink properly so that the ink doesn’t get faded and cracked easily.

The ink is designed to print onto polyester rich apparel the most. Sports-wear, carper fabrics, flagging, and sailing materials go perfect with it.

Advantages of Using Sublimation Ink

(1. Provides bright and more vibrant colors

(2. A small amount of light is diffused

(3. Economical option

(4. Offers a variety of colors

(5. Waterproof; thus, last for longer

(6. The designs on garments don’t crack, fade away, peel off, and wash off

Disadvantages of Using Dye Sublimation Ink

The ink is very sensitive to humidity and oxidation. 

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Lets Choose A Good Dye Sublimation Ink Manufacture For Your Business!



We all know that, digital sublimation printing involves the use of dye sublimation ink, sublimation transfer paper, substrate and a heat press machine and digital printing. So the dye sublimation ink is one of the most important ingredients in the process, it’s extremely important to get it from a reputable manufacturing company. So do you know how to Choose a good sublimation ink supplier?

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original sublimation ink

Choose a certified, licensed and experienced company

First off, select a certified, licensed company that has enough knowledge and expertise in dye sublimation printing. Where is their manufacturing facility located? Is it licensed? What type of technological resources do they use? Before finalizing your choice, perform a comprehensive research on the sublimation ink produce company.

Compare sublimation ink pricing

Does the company’s pricing meet your budget? Although pricing should not be the only factor affecting your decision, it is still important to consider your budget.

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sublimation ink

Assess sublimation ink quality

Order a sample ink to gauge its quality. A good sublimation ink offers the brightest of colors and accurate ink performance.It should be made environmentally-friendly materials and have a fast-drying speed.

Sublistar is the manufacture for digital printing ink, we have the different quality sublimation ink, eco-solvent ink, also the UV ink, if you have any needs pls feel free to let me know!

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