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A sublimation paper is a paper manufactured exclusively for sublimation printing. When the sublimation transfer paper is placed on a blank surface: mouse pad or T-shirt and heated, it will release ink or dye to the material. A 5% binder and 35% silica coating are added to the paper to hold the dye sublimation inks. This percentage may differ depending on the weight of a dry sublimation paper. Nonetheless, different sublimation sheets are manufactured for different substrates. Therefore, the type of paper the buyers settle for is essential in sublimating quality products.

How Do You Choose the Correct Sublimation Paper?

To settle for the best sublimation paper, buyers should consider the ink capacity and limits. If the ink limit is high, the paper should be heavy. This will enable the sublimation printer paper to accept moisture from the ink without warping or curling. Moreover, buyers should also consider print speed. Lightweight paper is recommended for fast printing, and thick paper for slow printing. Additionally, they should consider the heavy ink patterns depending on the artwork at hand. More importantly, the working environment determines the sublimation paper grams per square meter. If working under 45% humidity, go for papers with less than 100gsm to avoid sublimation printer damage. At the same time, if working in an environment with humidity above 70%, a paper ranging from 110-120gsm will enhance smooth printing.

What are the Uses of a Sublimation Paper?

The type of sublimation paper highly determines the uses. For instance, a sub sublimation paper is designed to work with sublimation printers for heat transfer. Therefore, it can be used to print images with mirror reversal through flat printing, inkjet printing, gravure printing, and screen printing. Nonetheless, buyers can do endless custom-printed projects using sublimation papers such as sublimating synthetic fibers: nylon, polyester, sportswear, and Lycra. However, if sublimating on dark or cotton fabrics, direct sublimation is not recommended. Instead, start by printing through heat transfer vinyl, then use sublimation paper for dark fabric. Sublimation paper can also be used on hard banners and hard surfaces like ceramics and mugs.