We have given some brushstrokes on this topic, because we have mentioned it before, but today we will go into more detail. With this topic we refer to the materials that are used in the sublimation process . In that way? they must wonder. Well, as we mentioned, sublimation is the process of passing a design to a surface or support, this is achieved through a heating process and what makes the ink pass from the paper to the fabric, jar, cap, etc.
So after clarifying the process, why do I need special materials ? Because although the idea is to transfer the ink , for the ink to adhere permanently the surface must have a plastic coating , so when it interacts with the heat the plastic gives way and allows ink to adhere to its texture.
Therefore, we need t-shirts that have 100% polyester content or a high content of this, at least 50%, caps still have this requirement, but... in the case of non-textile materials, What do we do? Well, these materials must have a coating to allow sublimation, this coating is a layer of "plastic" that they put on it, it is very easy to see with a UV light , due to the reflection it causes, this can be noticed in cups, jugs, plates, thermos, among others.
And finally, what do I do if I want to choose another surface? Well, you must look for different materials on which to make the impression to achieve the transfer (we will detail more in the next post) or you must have supports that are prepared for sublimation. How so? Well, we refer to metal plates, wood, glass, cardboard, among others that are covered with polyester and allow you to make the transfer with your normal sublimation sheets.
And finally, when do I start in this world? We leave that part to you, since as we are instructing you step by step, about what you should know to be able to choose between the available methods. And always remember " Try again, try better. Fail again, fail better", all this is for your learning.