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For sublimation paper, inappropriate storage can cause many problems in sublimation printing. No matter the unused sublimation paper, or the printed sublimation paper, we all need to know how to store it correctly.
Unused sublimation paper
1. Check the sublimation paper first
When you receive the sublimation paper, you should check the sublimation paper from 3 aspects:
a. Whether the bag is damaged or the carton is damped?
b. Whether the carton is deformed?
2. Pay attention to the expiration date
Generally speaking, the expiration date of normal sublimation paper is 7 months. So remember to use the sublimation paper you bought before.
3. The environment of storage
Unused sublimation paper should keep away from the place where exposed to direct sunlight. For the ideal environment, the temperature should be 10-30℃, and the humidity is 40-70%RH. Besides, you’d better put the paper on the pallet, or it will be easy to be damped.
Printed sublimation paper
As we all know, the printed sublimation paper can’t be used for transfer printing at once, you need to wait at least 1 hour (the ideal waiting time is 5 hours). Then how to store the printed sublimation paper?
1. You’d better store the printed paper in roll size
2. Put the roll printed paper into a loose bag, and keep it upright. Remember, keep the mouth of bag opening, then the moisture will be more easy to be evaporated.
3.The printed sublimation paper should be stored in the place where with low humidity(≤55%RH), and the temperature is 15-30℃.
Only when you store the sublimation paper correctly, you can fully utilize the sublimation paper and sublimation ink.
Sticky sublimation paper, means the sublimation paper with sticky on one side, and this side is the printing side. For sublimation printing, the sticky sublimation paper has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
The sticky sublimation paper can help you avoid the ghosting, especially when you use the stretch fabric or you use the flat heat press machine. Because when you use the roller heat press machine, paper and fabric are firmly stick to each other from the beginning to the end, there’s no chance that they will separate in the process.
1. The price. Compared with fast dry sublimation paper, the sticky sublimation paper is more expensive.
2. The drying speed. Because there is a sticky coating on the printing side, so the sticky paper usually dries slower than the fast dry paper.
3. The transfer yield. Our non-tacky sublimation paper could deliver the 96.% sublimation ink to the substrate, the tacky sublimation paper is 95.7% .
When people ask us which kind of sublimation paper they should use, we usually suggest them to do some tests before deciding. If you find the fast dry sublimation paper is OK, you can save a lot of money.
During the video, the paper we test is 120g fast dry sublimation paper. And we can see that the paper have a great performance when printing. Then, we will discuss why we choose heavy-weight sublimation paper and when to choose heavy-weight sublimation paper.
Why we choose heavy-weight sublimation paper?
From the video, we can see there are 3 advantages of heavy-weight sublimation paper.
1. Instant-dry with extra-high ink absorption capacity
2. Excellent durability and outstanding efficiency, can be used for detailed patterns of work.
3. Suitable for designs with dark, saturated colors or high ink loads.
When we choose heavy-weight sublimation paper?
Many people think that though heavy-weight sublimation paper have a great quality, but is is too expensive than other paper. Besides, with the development of technology, it can be replaced by the low-weight sublimation paper. But what exists is reasonable, we still need heavy weight sublimation paper sometimes.
1.High quality works.
Though low-weight sublimation paper can help people save money and time,many customers still choose the heavy weight sublimation paper, because it can guarantee the quality of the products. Compared with saving cost, some customers focus far more on the detailed patterns of work. Under this circumstance, heavy weight sublimation paper is a better choice.
2.Products which need high ink loads
To some extent, heavy weight sublimation paper like 120gsm sublimation paper is designed for higher ink loads. As we all know, in order to increase the color fastness of the products, many customers will print with high ink loads. If the paper is not thick enough, the sublimation ink will be infiltrated into the back of the paper, and influence the printing effect.
Nowadays, manufactures are trying their best to provide cheaper heavy weight sublimation paper to meet the customers’ requirements. And i believe that this will come true in the near future.
People usually divide the sublimation paper into to types: the fast day sublimation paper and sticky sublimation paper. Fast dry sublimation paper can be used in most of the conditions. The sticky sublimation paper are mainly used for fabric like lycra,polyester with spandex、polyester with cotton(<30%).
One of the biggest difference between sticky paper and fast dry paper is the drying rate. As we all know, the sticky transfer paper usually dry slower than the fast dry sublimation paper. But do you know the reasons?
The sticky paper has a sticky coating, it can adhere to the textiles very firmly, and it can help the paper and textiles not moving during the printing.There are many advantages of sticky sublimation paper, such as high transfer rate, good drying time, sharp text and fine lines as there is no movement between paper and fabric…
The coating of the sticky sublimation paper is the main factor that can influence the speed of drying. The coating of sticky sublimation paper is mainly made up of high molecular polymer. Different with the fast dry sublimation paper, this kind of coating is water-based, so the sticky sublimation paper needs longer drying time. And there is one thing that you should know: the higher tackiness is, the slower the paper dries. You should choose the suitable sticky paper instead of higher sticky paper.
Different factories and customers have different requirements about the sticky sublimation paper. Some of them pay more attention to the tackiness of the paper, because they just want high sticky paper, and don’t care the drying speed. But some factories and customers just put a little sticky coating onto the paper to improve some performance of the regular paper in sublimation printing.
In order to adapt to the different sublimation printing conditions, there are many kinds of sublimation transfer paper with different weight. Though the high-weight transfer paper usually have a better quality, sometimes low-weight sublimation transfer paper are more suitable for the conditions. Today we will discuss what are the appropriate time for low-weight transfer paper .
1. When you want a high production rate
Before you choosing the sublimation paper you want, you should know what is important for you. If you want to print something with high quality, you’d better choose the high-weight sublimation paper. But when you use the high speed printing machine, the production rate is more important for you, and you can choose the low-weight sublimation paper.
Many people may ask that why low-weight sublimation paper can more suitable for high-speed printing machine. It is because when we use the high speed printing machine, the color of the images will be very light if we use the heavy weight sublimation paper, because the speed is too high, the sublimation ink can’t fit well with the paper. But if you use the low weight sublimation paper, this problem can be solved.
2. When you want to reduce the cost
Every businessman all know that reduce the cost is an important way to help us earn more money. Use the low-weight sublimation paper can help you save money in many aspects:
First, the price of the low-weight sublimation paper is cheaper than the high-weight paper;
Then, low ink load is more suitable for low-weight paper, so you can use less sublimation ink when printing;
Finally, low-weight sublimation paper with high speed printing machine can have a high production rate, and it means more margin.
I want to emphasize one point that low-weight doesn’t mean the poor quality. There are good low-weight sublimation paper and bad low-weight sublimation paper in the market. Good paper can also have good performance when printing.