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Question SUBLIMATION on Stainless Steel Issues

Discussion in 'Sublimation Printing' started by txhotrod, Oct 5, 2019.

  1. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    I cannot get my sub prints to adhere or print to SS. I get a vague ghost image but no transfer. 380 for 2.5 minutes.
    PLEASE HELP!

    TIA
     
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  2. Jburns

    Jburns Active Member

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    Does your SS surface have a sublimation coating?
     
  3. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    This right here.

    I has to be be pre-treated before hand before anything can be adhered to it.

    Although, when I was doing sublimation, everything was at 400 as far as temp goes as well. Which as far as SS went was the travel mugs.
     
  4. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    What do you mean by pretreated?
     
  5. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

    Sublimation inks essentially only adhere to polyester. So any metal has to have a polyester coating before you can sublimate onto it. You can't buy just anything to sublimate.
     
  6. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Well, one can treat it yourself as well, but consistency is the concern there.
     
  7. txhotrod

    txhotrod New Member

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    So is this a wet spray on coating? Where can I get it from ?
     
  8. unclebun

    unclebun Very Active Member

  9. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    Subliglaze is the big one that I'm aware of and they have a variety of different application sprays as well (even for doing on dark substrates).

    Bare in mind, consistency of the application of the spray and how the print shows up is going to be the thing to watch out for. May have quite a bit of trial and error before getting in the groove of how to do it.
     
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