This week we will be talking about the different products for sublimation that we had previously mentioned, we will be a little more practical on the subject of sublimation, we had already explained how to use sublimation papers and what results they offered, now we will show you the options alternatives and how they work.
Transfer paper , as we mentioned before, is a type of paper that allows you to " sublimate " on cotton fabric or colored fabrics, it is a quick process, which you can do with the most basic instruments (using an iron and an inkjet printer) , the only thing it requires is that you cut off the excess of the image that you don't want. We say " sublimate " because what this material does is that it adheres to the surface, that is, the colors do not pass to the fabric, so it is not as durable as sublimation, since it deteriorates over time and with washing the material becomes more rustic.
What jobs is this material ideal for? This material is mainly used for "not very durable" jobs, that is, the piece is going to be used on a few occasions and that's it, due to the low level of durability of the material.
After we highlight the advantages and disadvantages, we will explain what you should take into account when purchasing it. In the case of inkjets, they are characterized by having letters and colors on the back that highlight which model they are.
- Blue squares: Transfer paper for dark fabric
- Red squares: Transfer paper for light fabric
- Yellow squares: Sublicottom, paper similar to transfer but with better brightness, used for cotton fabrics
How do I use it:
1. We preheat the t-shirt, this is normal to eliminate wrinkles and moisture, we recommend about 140°C for 5-10 seconds.
2. We print the design; They are printed on the white side, but depending on the type of paper, the position of the image may vary. For dark fabric , it is printed in normal mode , but for light fabric and sublicottom it is printed in mirror mode .
3. Cut the excess material that you do not want to place in your design, if you have a plotter you can do this step with that material.
3B. Peel off the image, this case only applies to dark fabric , where you must peel off the design from the sheet to place it directly on the surface.
4. Place the design on the shirt, in the case of paper for dark fabric , you must place it directly, for light fabric or sublicottom you place the image with the checkered side facing up. In the case of dark fabric, we recommend that you place a protective silicone paper to avoid problems.
5. Iron the design, this material is ironed with a temperature between 160°C-180°C for 20 seconds.
6.Lift the material in the case of dark cloth paper or Remove the stopper on the light fabric one .
As we always comment, these indications are the ones used by us, the degrees may vary a little due to the type of iron. Use the materials that you think are convenient. In our instagram a few weeks ago we posted the result of the transfer paper after 6 washes with a washing machine, so you can evaluate the material and which one suits you for your project.
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