How to sublimate on our coated mug blanks.

Dye sublimation onto rigid surfaces, especially mugs, can be quite difficult if you don’t know all the ins and outs. Luckily for you, West Rand Sublimation Supplies boasts with years of experience in the sublimation printing industry. Today we will be showing you how to easily sublimate on our coated sublimation mugs in six easy steps!

Step one:

Firstly, ensure that you buy quality coated mug blanks from us. Cheaper products may result in a sub-standard end result. That is why we recommend our brand of sublimation blanks.

Step two:

Adjust the pressure of your mug press to medium and fully enclose the outside of the cup and set the temperature to 177 degrees Celsius and the timer to 240 seconds.

Step three:

Ensure that your artwork has been printed with our quality sublimation ink onto our Elite sublimation paper.

Step four:

Use our quality heat tape to hold the print in place. If the print moves during the sublimation process it might not sublimate in the correct position, or even worse it might create undesirable shadows and ghost images.

Step five:

Wait for the heat press to reach temperature, then carefully place the blank with the rear of the print facing outwards into the press surface and close the press firmly. Remember that pressure is key. Ensure that the mug handle isn’t touching the press as this may cause the ceramic to crack or shatter.

Step six:

Once the preset time has elapsed, open the mug press and immediately remove the print from the blank. Be very careful as them mug will be incredibly hot. If the sublimation paper touches the blank mug again, you might end up with an undesired ghost image. So, a smooth transition and removal is key.

A final word:

Don’t hesitate to experiment on a mug blank first to ensure that your final product image is vibrant in colour and crystal clear. Also remember to practice and practice until you have mastered every single step.

Sublimation is fun and creative! There are many different ways to customize your workflow. For more advice and friendly tips book a training session with us, or contact our friendly team directly and we will happily assist you!