Common Mistakes When Using Sublimation Transfer Printing

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Sublimation transfer printing is an easy to learn method to print onto a variety of substrates including 100% polyester clothing, bags, ceramic mugs, tiles, plaques, etc. Many users have had great success with sublimation printing; they have achieved consistent results every time. The images are bright, vivid, and match the colors that they have desired. A few users have had some problems with their images and here are some of the most common mistakes made when using sublimation. 
 
Nozzle Check Problems
If the color of your image is off. For example, if your image has a red tint, or other color tints, there’s a high chance that it is because your nozzles are not firing properly in your sublimation printer. We suggest daily nozzle checks to prevent virtually all clogs in the process of sublimation printing.
 
Sublimation Paper
Dye sublimation printing requires special dye sublimation paper for the sublimation inks to release properly when heated.  It is easy to mix up sublimation paper with normal paper as they are both white and feel very similar to one another.  Most standard sublimation papers are only coated on one side (however there are some that are coated on both sides).  You can compare the two sides of the paper to tell sublimation paper and plain paper apart.  The coated side is usually brighter than the uncoated side.  With plain papers, both sides will be the same brightness.
 

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Wrong Side
You may be printing on the wrong side of the paper. As stated above, the coated side of the sublimation transfer paper is brighter than the uncoated side. So be sure to print on the brighter side. 
 
Heat
Using too much heat during the sublimation transfer printing turns the image a bit brown and in some cases the image and text on it will appear pixilated.  And images with insufficient heat will appear faded.
 
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