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Sublimation printing fabric types?

If you are thinking of creating your own printing business and want to utilize sublimation printing or you want to start using the process at home, it is important to know what materials you can use. These are the following:

  • Polycotton textile
  • Polymer
  • Polyester
  • Ceramic
  • PVC
  • Polyester-coated aluminum
  • Polymer-coated metal
  • Polyester-made fabric
  • Polymer- coated plastic

The best materials to use for sublimation printing out of the list above is polyester or ceramic. For fabric, you can use a variety of designs and logos, unlike traditional printing that could sometimes only produce one logo per garment.

There are, however, a few designs that don’t lend well to sublimation printing. An example of this is designs that have block colors with designs that need to be placed all over the garment. This is partly because of a chance of ‘ghosting’ and color mismatch (disadvantages of sublimation printing that are explored in more detail below), as well as causing white streaking.

Are there any materials that won’t work with sublimation? 100% cotton materials or other natural materials are not suitable for this method of printing. This is because they don’t have the pores that are required in order for the ink to be absorbed into it. If you are working with these types of materials, perhaps digital printing is more suitable.