Supplies needed: - sublimatable substrate (coaster) - sublimation transfer - teflon or scratch paper - heat tape - soft paper towel (optional)
Heat press settings: - temperature - 400 degrees F - dwell time - 1:00 - 1:15 minutes - pressure - light
- Settings will vary depending on the heat press brand and model ink and paper and atmospheric conditions. - The layers of soft paper towel achieve two goals: 1. it helps to distribute the pressure evenly throughout the substrate; 2. it helps to trap ink that is dispersed outside of the edges of the substrate if there is an overprint area or full bleed in the artwork.
Layer the press from the bottom pad to the top heat platen as follows: 1. teflon sheet or scratch paper 2. 2-3 layers of soft paper towel 3. substrate 4. transfer 5. teflon sheet or scratch paper
Steps: 1. Position the substrate (coaster) onto the transfer. 2. Tape the substrate to the transfer using the heat tape. 3. Place the transfer and substrate in the press onto the paper towel (transfer on top of substrate). 4. Place the teflon sheet or scratch paper over the transfer. 5. Press the items using the settings listed above. 6. Remove items from the press immediately. Use heat resistant gloves if necessary - the items will be very hot.
Tips: - If the image of the final product appears too light increase the pressure or the dwell time slightly (5-15 seconds). - If the image on the final product appears blurred or substrate appears yellowed reduce the dwell time slightly (5-15 seconds).