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Hi there everyone,

My girlfriend has ventured into the world of sublimation and is enjoying it thus far. However, while shirts and other flat substrates have been great for her, she's been showing interest in doing mugs now.

The problem is that being in Canada, we really need to budget differently as shipping and currency conversion end up adding write a bit to the price. She wants to be able to do 15 oz mugs.

Can any of you with some experience recommend a mug press that is an decent quality but isn't going to break the back either? Any input or advice is most appreciated!

Thanks! :)
 

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Hi there everyone,

My girlfriend has ventured into the world of sublimation and is enjoying it thus far. However, while shirts and other flat substrates have been great for her, she's been showing interest in doing mugs now.

The problem is that being in Canada, we really need to budget differently as shipping and currency conversion end up adding write a bit to the price. She wants to be able to do 15 oz mugs.

Can any of you with some experience recommend a mug press that is an decent quality but isn't going to break the back either? Any input or advice is most appreciated!

Thanks! :)
I recommend picking up a used Geo Knight DK3 from eBay. It is the best mug press out there. We have tried a few of the cheaper ones and you will not get the consistent results like you will from a DK3. They are built to last and you can replace anything if you ever do need to. We have a couple of them and have never needed to do anything to them. We use them all daily.

New they run $720
Used anywhere from $225-$575
I would not pay more then $450 for a used one myself, and at $450 I expect nothing wrong except maybe a slightly faded "caution hot surfaces" decal and maybe a small scratch or two.

I look for ones that have a small issue, they go much cheaper..$200 or so and I can usually fix them for free or at most $10. I probably spend no more then 5 minutes fixing it.

(BTW...all prices are of course in US dollars)
 
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Have you been using Canadian suppliers, or just buying out of the US?

I've been having good luck using Joto for mugs, and have their 2 in 1 press. (https://www.jotoimagingsupplies.ca/store/category/heat-presses/mug-presses)
Thanks four this! The price is definitely more on our price range since in probably should've specified initially that we're looking for entry level but also not junk. :)

The specs on the site are a little unclear, so would you be able tell me what the largest size mug you've done with success (and I'm assuming no special shaped ones). She's aiming to do 15 oz where possible.

Add finally, have you had success with sublimation mugs in general or did you have to use specific ones that they recommended?
 

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Thanks four this! The price is definitely more on our price range since in probably should've specified initially that we're looking for entry level but also not junk. :)

The specs on the site are a little unclear, so would you be able tell me what the largest size mug you've done with success (and I'm assuming no special shaped ones). She's aiming to do 15 oz where possible.

Add finally, have you had success with sublimation mugs in general or did you have to use specific ones that they recommended?
The Joto 2 in 1 has interchangable sleeves, so you can buy different sleeves for special shaped mugs (like Latte cups, etc). I'm using the standard sleeve which has been just fine for 11 & 15 Oz ceramic mugs, 17 Oz Travel Mugs and the 14(?) Oz Frosted Beer Mugs. I think the press also includes a water bottle sleeve. The product information pages normally indicate what kind of sleeve is needed for that particular blank.

I've only been using blanks from Joto so far, mostly because I haven't found any cheaper sources. Remember that any mug you use has to be properly treated to accept sublimation coatings, you can't just go to the dollar store and pick up a bunch of cheap mugs.
 
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