Why Tacky Sublimation Paper Dries Slower Than Non-Tacky Paper?

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Why Tacky Sublimation Paper Dries Slower Than Non-Tacky Paper?

Tacky sublimation paper is mainly applied to stretch materials like Lycra, polyester with spandex polyester with cotton(<30%). And many people are puzzled one problem that why the sticky sublimation transfer paper dries slower than regular dye sublimation transfer paper. Now we are going to talk about the reason.


tacky sublimation paper


Generally, non-tacky dye sublimation paper dries completely in 2 minutes, but the sticky sublimation paper dries in 3-4 minutes. This doesn’t mean the sticky paper has quality problem. Actually, the coating of the tacky sublimation paper is the main factor that can influence the speed of drying. Sticky sublimation coating powder is specifically designed and developed for the elastic fabric transfer printing, to prevent the overlap of the pattern, deformation and other issues of elastic fabric in the process of transfer, resulting in a very low pass rate of transfer printing.This coating is mainly made up of high molecular polymer. Different with the fast dry paper, the special coating is water-based, so the sticky sublimation paper needs longer drying time than other sublimation transfer paper. And there is one thing that you should know: the higher tackiness is, the slower the paper dries.


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At the present, there are two types of sticky sublimation paper in the market, the high-tacky sublimation transfer paper and Medium-tacky paper. The only difference is that the tacky degree. The high tacky paper has higher tackness than the medium tacky. The drying speed is longer than medium tacky, about 3-4 minutes, the
medium-tacky paper, drying speed is less than 3 minutes. Therefore, you need to choose the suitable sticky paper for your business.


sublimation transfer paper


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Factors that Affect the Bonding Strength of Sticky Sublimation Paper

Do you know how to use sticky sublimation paper to avoid non-stick or too sticky? Today, we will analyze factors that affect the bonding strength of sticky sublimation paper.

1.Stickiness grade of sticky sublimation paper: According to the customer’s fabric, the ambient air humidity is different throughout the year, and the adhesive strength requirements for the adhesive paper are also different. We have developed a common adhesive paper for most fabrics. High sticky paper. Compared with ordinary adhesive paper, high-viscosity paper has a 50% increase in bond strength and other performance indicators. It is mainly applicable to relatively dry autumn and winter seasons, or the application scene where the customer’s pattern is light-colored and the fabric is smooth.

2.Types of fabrics: Fabrics are a major factor affecting the bond strength. Generally, the smoother the fabric, the lower the binding force of the adhesive sublimation paper and the fabric. The binder in the coating is melted during the thermal transfer process of the adhesive paper. State, if the smoothness of the fabric is high, there is less adhesive adhesion. When it comes to smooth elastic fabrics, it is recommended to choose high-adhesive paper.

3.Ambient humidity: The adhesive strength of sticky paper is related to the moisture during the transfer process. Generally, the moisture is high and the viscosity is strong. Some customers found that in the process of using sticky paper, the strength of the sticky paper in the spring and summer was very good. From autumn to winter, the sticky paper sometimes had insufficient stickiness. This was mostly due to the low moisture content of the paper and fabric during the transfer process. This kind of situation can try to put the fabric in the high humidity environment to absorb the moisture and then retransfer. In addition, pay attention to control the degree of drying when printing on the adhesive paper, and do not make the transfer paper excessively dry.

4. Storage of sticky paper: Unprinted sticky paper should not be exposed to air for a long time. This will reduce the stickiness of sticky paper. Sticky paper needs to be kept sealed. If the customer has left half a roll of sticky paper after printing, it should be sealed and stored as soon as possible using the original plastic bag. It should not be placed in the air for a long time. We tested it and sealed the sticky paper for over 6 months without stickiness. The printed sticky paper must be transferred in time. If the sticky paper is printed for several days, the stickiness will be weakened because the moisture will continuously evaporate and the adhesiveness of the transfer paper coating will decrease. Generally, the printed sticky paper is required to be printed on 2-24. The transfer is completed within an hour, and if it is too late to transfer, it needs to be sealed.

How to use sticky paper is summarized in three sentences:

1 Choosing adhesive paper with proper tack strength (based on fabric, season, pattern);
2 Pay attention to the moisture in the sublimation transfer printing process (fabric moisture, paper moisture);
3 Pay attention to the preservation of sticky paper (unused sticky paper is sealed and the printed sticky paper is transferred in time).

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The Difference between the Fast Dry and the Sticky Sublimation Transfer Paper

Sublimation paper is applicable to sublimation transfer, on which can print images with mirror reversal through inkjet printing, flat printing, screen printing and gravure printing onto textile, fabric, flag… and so on. And, for sublimation transfer paper, we generally divide it into 2 types: Fast Dry Sublimation Transfer Paper and Sticky/Tacky Sublimation Paper. Do you know the difference between them?

sublimation transfer paper

1. Drying Speed
* High-Speed Transfer Paper it’s now widely used in home-ware, craft work,and costumes. Just like its name, the drying speed of this type transfer paper is very quick and it dries completely in 2 minutes after heating.
* Sticky Sublimation Paper means on one side it has a tackified coating which is the main factor that can influence the speed of drying, and this type of sublimation paper usually dries in 3-4 minutes after heating.

fast dry sublimation paper

2. Application
* Quick Dry Sublimation Paper is s normally used in the market, such as sport apparel, interior fabrics, fashion textile, lanyards & labels, sign & display and so on.
* Tacky Transfer Paper prevents the paper and textile from moving, the ghosting will not occur. So it is mostly used in stretch material such as lycra, the stretch material has a elastic which is much easier moving during the transfer, like straitjacket, swimwear, cycling clothes.

sticky sublimation paper

3. Cost
* The price of tacky paper is higher than high-speed paper because it has a tackified coating.

4. Transfer Yield
* Fast Dry Sublimation Paper could deliver the 96.% ink to the substrate
* Sticky Sublimation Paper is 95.7%

5. Available Size
* Fast Dry Paper: 45gsm, 50gsm, 57gsm, 60gsm, 70gsm, 75gsm, 77gsm, 88gsm, 90gsm, 100gsm, 105gsm, 120gsm: 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″, 50″, 52″, 54″, 63″, 64″, 72″, 126″
* Tacky Paper: 100gsm / 105gsm: 17″, 24″, 36″, 44″, 50″, 52″, 54″, 63″, 64″, 72″, 126″

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Whether if you are using the high-speed paper or the tacky paper, hope this article will help you know more about them. Thank you for you reading. Any demand, please feel free to contact us. 🙂

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