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Sublimation vs Pigment Ink

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Default Sublimation vs Pigment Ink

Hello.

I am starting a t-shirt biz. I have been reading about converting my inkjet printer to sublimation. My question is would it be better to convert to sublimation or use pigment ink instead?

My 2and question is: is there a transfer paper that can be used for both light and dark?

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Default Re: Sublimation vs Pigment Ink

Sublimation vs Pigment?
This is not your choice to make. It is dictated by what you intend to print on.
Since it's aT-shirt business your options are 100% COTTON or 100% Polyester? I am aware there is an unlimited number of blends between the two 100% options. Those percentages tell you how much of the ink will be washed out.

Poly requires sublimation inks (the blanks are more expensive)
Cotton requires pigment or dye inks. (blanks are cheaper)

A paper that does BOTH? Yes, but you really, really, really won't like the affect. But order a variety of stuff from Coastal and learn what works best for your business. (they offer for sale small sample packs)

It is easy to get stymied by analysis paralysis, so just get some shirts and start decorating. I cannibalized my running T's until I could get consistent results THEN I stated buying blanks.

Have a system for recording the fabric, process, conditions and result. Don't trust remembering. Your answers will appear on the way.
 
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IMO, a conventional T-shirt business traditionally consists of silk screen printing on cotton T-shirts.


If you are going to use dye sublimation, that is a specialized operation within T-shirt printing.


It does not work on cotton. Results are from so-so to totally unacceptable on poly/cotton blends, getting progressively worse as the cotton percentage increases.



The best results are on white blanks. Your dye sublimated image must be darker than the substrate or it will not show up. This limits you in the use of colored polyester shirts and the designs which you may wish to print on them.


If you want white in your design, the imprinting must be done on a white blank. Everything but that which is to be white is imprinted.
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Default Re: Sublimation vs Pigment Ink

1. Dye sublimation is for white or light coloured polyester fabrics.
2. If you want to print on cotton, then you need pigment based inks.

Most people will go for number 2... and then it gets complicated.
Learn to screen-print... That's my advice to everybody.
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Default Re: Sublimation vs Pigment Ink

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1. Dye sublimation is for white or light coloured polyester fabrics.
2. If you want to print on cotton, then you need pigment based inks.

Most people will go for number 2... and then it gets complicated.
Learn to screen-print... That's my advice to everybody.
My advice to everyone - regardless if it is dye sub shirts or cheap cotton shirts stay away from them all. Your odds of starting a t-shirt business successfully are near zero.
 






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