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.

dye sublimation ink

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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Can we Sublimate on the Dark Fabric with Sublimation Transfer Ink?

Since sublimation printing has a lower cost for entry than other forms of printing, many people are eager to sublimate on light and dark fabrics but, as of right now, it doesn’t work that way. Actually, sublimation can only be done on light colored polyester fabrics or poly coated items. Do you know why? Sublimation transfer ink is an main factor.

sublimation transfer ink

Technically we sublimate on a dark shirt if it’s polyester. But, we will hardly see the design or image. It’s just like spray painting grafitti on a wall. We choose a light colored wall. Use white paint on a dark wall. Unfortunately, there’s no white sublimation transfer ink. Inkjet printers can’t print white either.

dye sublimation inkThe second reason that sublimation printing won’t work with dark colors is the lack of a white underbase to make the colors stand out. Sublimation transfer ink only works on polyester, so laying down an undercoat of white would require something that had polyester fibers in it, which may not even be possible when it comes to ink.

Generally speaking, dye sublimation printing only works with lighter colors. It is recommended primarily for white, as white will not interfere with the colors of the digital sublimation ink. If you do choose to sublimate on a light color, please understand that the color of the fabric will have an impact on the color of your ink. Oftentimes the tone on tone color contrasts are attractive, but the fact that garment color can alter ink color slightly should be kept in mind.


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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.

dye sublimation ink

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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