How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Using Sublimation Papers?

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How to Avoid Common Mistakes When Using Sublimation Papers?

From doodles to high-quality pictures to signatures, you can print almost anything on your t-shirts or your bags or even your aprons with the help of sublimation transfer papers. Customization has always been popular with people, corporations, and other institutions, and it will never go out of popularity. Heat transfer papers are indeed very useful, however, there are some common mistakes that people make when it comes to using them.

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1. Incorrect side, image cutting and mirror mode

You may ask how difficult it is to print on the right side of the sublimation transfer paper? You’ll be amazed how often this simple thing stumps even experienced people. This usually happens when you are in a hurry or you are using the transfer paper for the first time. Always make sure that you have set up the paper on the correct side in your printer tray. Another mistake is not setting the printer in the mirror mode. This can cause the image to appear the wrong way. When it comes to cutting the image, you have to cut around the image carefully, otherwise you will wind up with too much paper that will seriously affect your design.

2. Fixing the image and washing

Another common mistake that people make is removing the backing paper before the image is fixed. Again, this often happens when you are in a hurry. This will prevent the image from adhering to the surface properly. Also, once the process is completed, the garment should be washed only after 24 hours. Washing the garment before is a mistake that can cost you time and money.

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3. With respect to ironing

A number of people hesitate to make the iron really hot, it is necessary that the iron reaches its maximum temperature. If you are using a steam iron, than switch-off the steam. Do not keep the iron still during the process, especially if you have an iron that have indentations. Parts of the image will not be imprinted if you do not keep the iron moving. Make sure the ironing is done on a flat surface. A lot of people refrain from using too much iron pressure, which is a mistake. You have to apply as much pressure as possible to get the best result. Also, make sure that you iron each and every corner of the image.

You can avoid making any mistake during the sublimation transfer printing process by being a little careful, and taking the necessary time required. It will save you time and money.

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What’s the Influence of Humidity on Sublimation Transfer Paper?

Do you know why the instruction manual that comes with inkjet transfer papers also specifies the humidity levels it should be stored at? Specifying humidity levels for paper storage hardly makes any sense, other than giving an impression that you must be using a high-end product. But the matter of fact is there’s indeed a link between the performance of a transfer paper and the humidity levels it is exposed to (stored at).

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1. What humidity does to a transfer paper?

A sublimation paper can absorb and retain an enormous amount of moisture. It’s like a sponge. The problem is that if it absorbs moisture in excess, at the time of printing, the trapped moisture in the transfer paper can flash to steam and blow away the ink from its target area. This can result in printing artifacts such as color shifting, uneven transfer and bleeding of the image.

Therefore, manufacturers specify optimum humidity levels for transfer paper storage so that the paper doesn’t absorb moisture in excess from its stored environment. Failure to comply with the instructions is likely to affect the performance of transfer paper at the time of sublimation printing.

2. What if a sublimation paper gets exposed to high humidity levels?

Before using the paper, set it on the press for a few seconds. Place it 2 to 3 inches below the heat plate. The heat from the pressing machine should help evaporate the absorbed moisture. If the image has already been transferred onto the paper, you can employ the same strategy to save the print, however, the final transfer may appear slightly faded or washed out.

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You can also try using a butcher paper in conjunction with transfer paper when applying the press. The butcher paper will absorb excess moisture from the transfer paper during pressing. Be sure to use a fresh sheet of butcher paper with every new printing job.

We Nanjing Fei Yue Digital is a company specializing in sublimation transfer printing equipment. We provide the best quality product in a affordable price. If you are looking for a partner and are interested in our products, please feel free to contact us.

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Why Digital Sublimation Paper can Transfer Ink on Fabric?

As we all known, digital sublimation paper is based on ordinary paper (based paper), and then a special coating is made on it so that heat transfer, patterns and transfer to the surface you want. However, what do you know why digital sublimation paper can transfer ink on fabric?

Functions of special coating
Sublimation coating is a functional part of sublimation transfer paper, it plays several important roles at the same time, like absorb the sublimation ink, separate the sublimation dye and the base paper to prevent the sublimation dye from penetrating into the base paper, and absorb the water in the sublimation ink. The third function is the drying process.

digital sublimation paperIn sublimation coating, there is a part named “water removal layer”, this part helps to deal with the drying of the paper, after the sublimation paper is printed. We use water-based sublimation ink, which means the carrier is water. Only when the water is gone, all the sublimation dyes stay at the surface, the sublimation transfer result will be as good as you expected. That’s why we always emphasize that the sublimation paper should be completely dry when you transfer it, otherwise the transfer result will not be good, because all the sublimation dye is unable to transfer to the textile when the paper is still wet.

How the “water removal layer” works?
There are many small holes in the water removal layer after the ink-receiving layer absorbs the sublimation ink, those small holes in the water removal layer, they will absorb the water or solvent (if use solvent-based sublimation ink) quickly, to help the paper drying very fast. Those small holes are round, or like balls, the diameter is 0.3-2um. According to our research, the round balls could help absorb the water or solvent the most than other shapes, that why all bro-sis sublimation paper adopts this type of formula.

The content of the water removal layer is about 2-3 grams. It can be too much or too little. If too few, then it can not absorb the water or solvent in time, then the paper dries very slowly. It also can not be too much, because if there are too many balls, they will absorb the sublimation dye after they absorb all the waters or solvents, then those sublimation dyes are unable to be transferred, the transfer result will not be very good. We have one type of sublimation paper, named “instant dry”, it dries faster than the” fast dry” type, but the transfer efficiency is not as good as “fast dry”, is because the water removal layer is more than 2-3 grams. That’s how it works.

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