Posted on 2021-04-23 10:26:23
Further Knowledge Of VISION Dye Sublimation Printing
The standard custom printed fabric for dye sublimation printing is white polyester fabric. In the case of hard substrates, items with a polyester coating are ideal. And yes, you may have seen colored garments with sublimation decoration. You can print light colors, but since the sublimation inks are transparent, the graphic will take on the garment color.
You also can print on a blended fabric, such as 50% polyester/ 50% cotton, but be aware that sublimation inks only will bond with the polyester. The finished print will have a washed-out, retro appearance, but there are decorators who print and sell such items. Of course, the higher the polyester content in the blended fabric, the better the finished print will appear.
Garments made of 100% cotton, even if white, are not an option with sublimation inks, as they will not adhere to cotton fabric. Sublimation printing on finished garments of digital prints sometimes can show white voids where the fabric was folded and, therefore, not decorated.
Sublimation uses inkjet printers to print transfers using sublimation inks, also referred to as disperse dyes. These inkjet printers use a piezo print head to vibrate the ink onto the release paper. This paper is designed to “carry the ink,” then release it onto the substrate as it turns into a gas during the heating process.
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