05/09/2019

When sublimating different sublimation blanks, there are a few variables to keep in mind. Each brand and type of heat press can have a different setting, just the same as each blank can vary when purchased from different suppliers.

Despite a rectangle keyring looking identical to one you purchased elsewhere, ours may be from a different supplier and therefore the time, temperature and pressure needed may vary to the one purchased elsewhere.

We pride ourselves on testing our products and working out the best time and temperatures to use according to our heat presses. This ensures you will know the exact process needed.

We have compiled the list below to use as a guide for pressing our sublimation blank products.

Please keep in mind these have been worked out using either our Stockman or Galaxy heat presses, so times and temperatures may be slightly different for other brands of machines.

Flexi PU Sublimation blanks
Such as: placemats, luggange tags, coasters, keyrings etc

Temp-Button

160c

Time-Button

100 seconds,
medium to firm pressure

Metal Sublimation blanks
Such as: keyrings, tins, inserts for kids drink bottles etc

Temp-Button

190c – 200 c

Time-Button

50 seconds,
medium to firm pressure

PLEASE NOTE: Some metal products may have a thin, plastic, protective layer that needs to be removed prior to pressing.

Polyester Sublimation blanks
Such as: tshirts, tote bags, pillow cases etc

Temp-Button

190c – 200 c

Time-Button

50 seconds,
medium to firm pressure

When sublimating polyester fabrics be careful to slowly open the heat press when the time is complete to minimise any ghosting of the inks onto the garment.

If sublimating hi-vis workwear, please be aware that colour migration can occur. We recommend using some plain paper on the bottom of the heat press, as well as between the garment and the top Teflon sheet. This will ensure that the Teflon sheets (or rubber mat) doesn’t then transfer the garment colour to the next product you press.

For example, if you press a fluro yellow workwear t- shirt and then press a white t-shirt afterwards, there is a chance the white shirt may have orange where the Teflon has touched the previous garment.

MDF Sublimation blanks
Such as: coasters, place mats, wooden plaques, wine boxes  etc

Temp-Button

190c – 200 c

Time-Button

100-120,
medium to firm pressure

PLEASE NOTE: Some MDF sublimation blank products may have a thin, plastic, protective layer that needs to be removed prior to pressing.

Ceramic Sublimation blanks
Such as: tiles, photo rocks, slates etc

Temp-Button

190c – 200 c

Time-Button

240 seconds,
medium pressure

For best results when pressing ceramic products we recommend to NOT USE Teflon sheets. Instead, place plain paper underneath the blank and also on top of it (in place of Teflon). This is to ensure that no moisture is forced back into the product during the sublimation process.

Glass and Crystal Sublimation blanks
Such as: cutting boards, glass tiles, crytsals etc

Temp-Button

190c – 200 c

Time-Button

240 seconds,
medium pressure

When sublimating glass or crystal be sure to NOT mirror your design if the transfer area is on the back of the blank!

When sublimating glass or crystal products these need to be left to cool naturally as immersing in cold air or water will result in the product shattering.