What is Sublimation?

Dye Sublimation is the method of applying an image to specially coated ceramics, metals and polyester cloth, using three main ingredients: sublimation ink, heat and pressure.


Sublimation ink is unique in its ability to convert from a solid to a gas without going through a liquid form. (Like dry ice.) The conversion is initiated by heat and controlled with pressure and time. Hard items such as ceramic, fiber board, metals, etc. requires a special coating to accept the sublimation inks. Products like mugs, tiles, metals, etc. require a special coating already on them, it is not something you can coat yourself. When you apply to 100% polyester (ie: mouse pads and t-shirts) you do not need any coating, it is applied directly to the 100% polyester fabric.

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