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Sublimation Temperature and Time

All our sublimation products have recommended temperature and pressing times on the individual product page, but to make life easier we have brought these together on this page. There are two main printers that are used for sublimation printing: the Epson range using Artainium inks and the Ricoh range using SubliJet-R inks. The guide below is just a guide and you may find that increasing/ decreasing the temperatures and times a little better suits your particular mug press or flat bed press. If you find that, printing with the Ricoh printer on ceramics the blacks look more brown then decrease the temperature/ time combination.

CERAMICS:-

Mugs : European, 11oz, Sparta, Latte, Espresso, El-Grande, Beer Steins
In our mug presses we recommend an idle temperature of 110 degrees, an operating temperature of 180 degrees and a time of 150 seconds from the time the mug is placed in the mug press (at idle temperature). In other mug presses a time of 3 - 3.5 minutes at a temperature of 180 degrees is recommended. Good firm pressure. As a guide for Ricoh printers we would recommend an idle temp of 110 degrees, an operating temp of 170 degrees and a time of 140 seconds, but we do have some customers that report excellent colours by setting a time of only 80 seconds with the Ricoh printer using our mug presses.

Mugs: WOW
Same as above but lighter pressure

Mugs : Bone China Mugs (DF12 Blanket)
Epson Artainium Ink Press @ 180 degrees for 140 seconds, medium pressure.
Ricoh SubliJet-R Ink Press @ 170 degrees for 120 seconds, medium pressure.

Tiles : Press @ 200 degrees for four minutes, medium pressure. Also see the YouTube video for pressing from the back (see our tile page).

Pet Bowls : Cook in oven for 16-18 minutes @ 190 degrees.

WOOD:-

Most wooden products are pressed @ 190 - 200 degrees for 50-60 seconds with firm pressure.

Such products include Coasters, Placemats, Clocks, Basketball Goal, Jigsaws, Key Hangers, Wall Hangers, Easels, Post It Note Holder, Plaques

PLASTICS (FRP):-

Press @ 190 degrees for 50-60 seconds, medium/firm pressure.

Luggage Tags, ID Badges, Fridge Magnets, Keyrings, Door Plates, Door Hanger, Christmas Ornaments, Clocks

METAL:

- Press @ 190 degrees for 50-60 seconds, medium/firm pressure. If you find the image looks a little blurred then reduce the time to around 40-45 seconds

Keyring Inserts, Book Marks, Carsigns, Keepsake Box Inserts, All Custom Metals, Coasters, ID Badges, Fridge Magnets, Business Cards, Ruler Inserts, Pet Tags, Clocks, Plate Insert, Pendant

Travel Mugs Press @ 180 degrees for 90 seconds, medium pressure.

Water Bottles Press @ 165 degrees for 90 seconds, use light pressure.

Lighter Press @ 185-195 degrees for 115-125 seconds, heavy pressure.

GLASS:-

Press @ 190-205 degrees for 31/2-4 minutes, heavy pressure.

Clocks, Chopping Boards, Tiles

Glass Mugs Press @ 160 degrees for 4 minutes, medium pressure. (Pre heat @ 60-80 degrees for 5-6 minutes)

Whisky Glass Press @ 155 degrees for 4 minutes meduim/light pressure. (Pre heat @ 60-80 degrees for 5-6 minutes)

FABRICS:- NEOPRENE:

Press @ 190 degrees for 50-60 seconds, firm pressure.

Mousemats, Phone/MP3 Socks, Bottle T-Shirts, Arm Bands, Glasses Pouches, Can Coolers, Coasters, V-Neck Mini T-Shirts

Laptop Pouch, Netbook Pouch Press @ 195-210 degrees for 60-70 seconds, hard pressure.

POLYESTER:-

Press @ 190 degrees for 50-60 seconds, medium/firm pressure

All T-Shirts (Including Mini-Ts, soft toy and keyring shirts), Tea Towels, Towels, Pillow Cases, Cushion Covers, Christmas Stockings, Flags, Canvas, Hi Viz Jackets, Flip Flops, Tote Bags, Aprons, Bottle Aprons, Gym Bags, Bibs

Frisbee, Car Sunscreen Press @ 190 degrees for 30 seconds, medium pressure.

Umbrellas, Lanyards, Ties, Lens Cloths, Press @ 180-190 degrees for 40-50 seconds, medium pressure.

Small Shoulder Bags, Medium Shoulder Bags, Pencil Case/Clutch Bags, Childrens Back Packs, Wallets, Reporter Bags Press @ 190 degrees for 60-70 seconds, very firm pressure.

OTHER:-

Cotton Flex Press @ 170 degrees for 20 seconds, medium/firm pressure.

Cotton Flock Cool peel then press again for 10 seconds.

Nylo Flex Press @ 135-145 degrees for 20 seconds, firm pressure. Warm peel then press again for 10-20 seconds.

Sublimation Flock Press @ 170 degrees for 15-20 seconds, medium/firm pressure.

Sublimation Sticker Press @ 190 degrees for 50 seconds, medium/firm pressure.

Subli-Dark Press @ 185 degrees for 25 seconds (20 for cotton/poly blends), medium firm pressure. Overlay with silicon sheet whilst pressing.