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Hi,

Ive never done sublimation printing before.
I read lots of people saying you can use a brother printer so I purchased empty ink cartridges, sublimation ink and transfer paper online.
I have been able to get a good image onto the paper however when I use the heat press nothing at all happens.
I tried paper from another company and still nothing.
The person I bought the ink off says he only guaranteed work in an Epson printer but im assuming it shouldn't make a difference.
Brother printer model MFC-J6720DW
Hope someone can help!
Oh and its a hi vis jumped I was trying it on.
 

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depending on garment color,
if it is too dark you won't see it

or you are printing on the wrong side of the paper?

try it on a white 100% poly tee and see if it is you, the paper, or the garment
 

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I'm trying it on hi vis yellow 100% polyester jumper, ive tried many times and 2 different types of paper, definitely printing on the sticky side.
I'm stumped
Only thing I can think is maybe Its the ink.
Tried the heat press on 300° and 360°
I don't think I have a plain white tshirt to try on
 

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maybe post your whole procedure start to finish and post a pic of your paper pre and post printing and/or pressing

use the "Go Advanced" button right under the quick reply box at the bottom of this thread
then manage attachments and upload right from your computer (750px x 750px is plenty big)
 

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What temperature are you pressing at?
(It has to be about 385F-400F to transfer the ink)
How long are you pressing for?
(aprox 60 seconds give or take 15 seconds)

Are you 100% sure you have sublimation ink and not pigment or dye inks?
 
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Hi,

Ive never done sublimation printing before.
I read lots of people saying you can use a brother printer so I purchased empty ink cartridges, sublimation ink and transfer paper online.
I have been able to get a good image onto the paper however when I use the heat press nothing at all happens.
I tried paper from another company and still nothing.
The person I bought the ink off says he only guaranteed work in an Epson printer but im assuming it shouldn't make a difference.
Brother printer model MFC-J6720DW
Hope someone can help!
Oh and its a hi vis jumped I was trying it on.
Me thinks you bought "dye" inks and not "dye sublimation" inks. ;)
 

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Ok I will post my whole procedure with photos shortly.

I'm pressing at 360 degrees Celsius.

On the ink bottle sublimation is ticked.

Unless I was ripped on the ink but I don't know
That is like 680F ...does the press really go that hot?
Maybe the press is set on F and not C?

You want to be around 200 Celsius i believe (385F-400F).
Try using the correct temp and see if that helps, but it is possible that someone checked the wrong box on your bottles...seams unlikely that it would be all the colors though (if it was accidentally done).
 
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Ok I will post my whole procedure with photos shortly.

I'm pressing at 360 degrees Celsius.

On the ink bottle sublimation is ticked.

Unless I was ripped on the ink but I don't know
Then something should be showing on your substrate, even if the material was cotton it would transfer somewhat dull, but would wash out on the first wash.
 

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Ok so i couldn't get my photos onto my computer.. thats another story but heres my process

Put the sublimation inks into my brother printer
Print logo from word onto my transfer paper (sticky side)
Press onto 100% polyester fabric

Not a single mark is made, i've tried 2 brands of paper and all different temperatures.

I don't know a whole lot about sublimation but I'm thinking the only thing it could now be is the ink?
does anyone know a good source i can buy from?
 

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Ok so i couldn't get my photos onto my computer.. thats another story but heres my process

Put the sublimation inks into my brother printer
Print logo from word onto my transfer paper (sticky side)
Press onto 100% polyester fabric

Not a single mark is made, i've tried 2 brands of paper and all different temperatures.

I don't know a whole lot about sublimation but I'm thinking the only thing it could now be is the ink?
does anyone know a good source i can buy from?
If your in the US a lot of people like Cobra ink.
 

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So the correct side of the paper is facing the garment? Transfer images need to be printed reversed left/right since one puts them "face down" on the garment. I mention this because it might explain your problem, but also because I don't use word for that sort of thing and don't know if it can print something backward, as needed for a transfer.

Else sounds like something is wrong with your ink. Sublimation ink sublimates when heated, or it isn't sublimation ink.
 
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