Frequently asked Questions

Sublimation Settings

On what products can I sublimate?

A few examples of substrates that have been treated for sublimation include hardboard (compressed wood cut into different shapes for different purposes), glass cutting boards, ceramic and aluminum Christmas ornaments, coated ceramics, coated glass, polymer plastics and much more. You can also sublimate on polyester garments.

In order to understand why only certain items are good for sublimation, you will need to first understand what the process of sublimation is. Basically, sublimation is when a solid turns to a gas without first becoming a liquid. Dry ice is a great visual example of sublimation. It goes from a solid state directly to a foggy gas as I’m sure you have seen many times in stage theatrics. With dye sublimation, the ink is actually a gel that is printed on special paper, becomes a gas when heated, and then turns back into a solid state on the substrate.

The particles are attracted to polyester a.k.a. plastic. It really is rather magical as these particles actually become part of the plastic when heated. But don’t go throwing any old plastic in your heat press! That would be a huge disaster. Most plastics you are familiar with cannot withstand 200 degrees Celcius. This is where your sublimation vendors come in. They offer a HUGE variety of substrates that have been professionally coated with whatever magic it is that makes sublimation work.

What are the Sublimation settings for MDF wood?

  • Always make sure that you remove the plastic protection cover off the MDF wood before sublimation.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 90 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium to hard.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for ceramic Mugs?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the mug surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the mug press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for enamel Mugs?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the mug surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the mug press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 80 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for mouse pads?

  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 40 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for aluminium business cards?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 30 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for polyester fabric?

  • Set the flat/cap press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 40 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for polyester shopping bags?

  • Set the flat/cap press temperature to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 120 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for aluminium book marks?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 40 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for ceramic Tiles?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 260 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for glass clocks and glass photo frames?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for glass mason Jar?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for glass magnets?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 100 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the Sublimation settings for fridge magnets?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 160 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 50 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • DO NOT OPEN THE PRESS after sublimation, turn it off and let it cool down for 10-15 minutes before opening press.

What are the press settings for light cotton transfer paper?

  • Set the flat press temperature to 185 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 25 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the backing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for dark cotton transfer paper?

  • Set the flat press temperature to 170 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 15 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for Frosted mugs and drinking glasses?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.
  • Frosted Drinking Glasses need to be pressed in a 3-D press.

What are the press settings for the Shot glasses?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 30 seconds.
  • Put the sublimation paper on the bottom of the heat press with print facing up.
  • Place your cutting board on top of the sublimation paper. 
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.
  • Must be pressed in a 3-D Press.

What are the press settings for Glass cutting boards?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for Glass Keyrings?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for a Bottle opener?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 40 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for a Hip flask?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 80 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.
  • Needs to be pressed in a 3-D press

What are the press settings for a Wine tumbler?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 80 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.
  • For full print over the tumbler use a 3-D press.

What are the press settings for Water bottles?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 200 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 80 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for a Lighter?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 240 seconds.
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.

What are the press settings for a Draw string bag?

  • Always make sure that you do not touch the printing surface with your bare hands as this will leave possible finger prints.
  • Set the flat press temperature to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Set the timer to 120 seconds.
  • Remember not to press the strings. It will melt.
  • Place a paper inside the bag to prevent leakage while pressing. 
  • Ensure that you adjust the pressure to medium.
  • Remove the pressing paper immediately after pressing has been completed.