How to choose the right sublimation ink
A1. What type of paper is recommended to use with the Epson 7600/9600 and Sublijet transfer inks?
Quality sublimation paper is an important part of producing a quality end product. Not all paper is created equally. Sawgrass Technologies has tested their ink on a variety of large format roll paper and they recommend Easty 3 Layer Formula Paper . The paper is available from widths of 24" to 96" and lengths of 110ft to 250ft per roll.
The paper is recommended for use with Epson, Roland, Mutoh, and Mimaki line of large format printers.
PAPER TIP: It's important to keep your transfer paper in a low humidity environment. We recommend keeping the paper in its original packaging until it's ready for printing.
PRINTER TIP: The Epson printers offer much improved full coverage printing capabilities versus their predecessors. Nevertheless it's usually prudent to figure that whatever page size you use it will have 1/4" unprintable area on all sides.
A2. What are the supported substrates/materials that Easty Sublimation Inks can be used on?
Easty digital transfer inks can be used on a wide range of substrates.Easty has the capacity to print onto any polyester coated surface that can withstand pressure of 40 psi and a temperature of approximately 400°F (220C). These substrates include fabric, wood, ceramic, carpets, metal, plastic, and more.
See sublimation tips section for more information on substrate preparation.
A3. What ink cartridge sizes are available for Easty digital transfer inks when equipped with the Epson 7600 or 9600 printers?
Easty digital transfer inks are available in 220ml size for the Epson Style Pro 9600 and 7600.
An approved Bulk Refill System is also available for the Epson 7600/9600, Epson 7800/9800 and Mimaki JV4. Bulk ink systems reduce costs, provide stable ink flow for long run operation, and are refillable while printer is in use.
A4. How do Easty Inks work?
Easty digital transfer inks for ink jet printers use specially formulated heat-sensitive inks that are patented by Sawgrass Technologies.
Easty inks are used in a two step process. The inks are first transferred in a non-sublimated (or inactive) state to standard paper using a compatible Epson Stylus printer. Then, using a heat transfer press, the printed image is heat transferred (sublimated) to the final substrate.
Unlike traditional dye sub transfers, Easty inks produce a "first generation" print. A "first generation" print means the inks are only sublimated once during the process. Traditional dye sub transfers must perform two sublimations in order to transfer the image to the final substrate. The first sublimation occurs when the image is transferred to special heat transfer paper using a dye sub printer. The printed image is then re-sublimated to penetrate the final substrate. These prints are termed "second generation" prints.
"First generation" prints are advantageous in that they produce a more vibrant, photo quality image for use on a wider range of substrates than "second generation" prints offer.
A5. Can I use sublimation inks on darker substrates/materials?
Sublimations inks generally do not transfer well to darker type materials. Sublimation inks use dye to permeate the material and typically transfer better to lighter colored materials.
A6. Will sublimation work on cotton surfaces?
The sublimation inks are designed to bond to any polymer coated material, and will NOT bond to cotton surfaces. There are polymer sprays available that allow sublimations inks to work with cotton t-shirts, but they typically work best on shirts that are a mix of polyester and cotton.
A7. How can I figure out how much ink I will need for my production requirements?
Easty Limited can give you an estimate on ink usage with the following information:
Length and Width of item that will be printed on
Number of items planned to print per week
With this information we can give you a detailed estimate of ink consumption, recommended heat press size, and printer model recommendation. Furthermore, we can give you an estimate on how much money you'd save by using our bulk ink system for ink delivery versus traditional cartridge ink delivery.
A8. How do I setup the 'Long life' bulk ink system?
Details on setting up your bulk ink system for the Epson 7600/9600 are available in our bulk ink instructions section.
A9. Can I sublimate on blended fabric with polyester and cotton? How much polyester is required?
We are often asked this question from clients in the home furnishing industry as they often require to sublimate onto furniture with fabric that is part polyester and cotton. Generally speaking, the higher the percentage of polyester in the fabric the better the sublimation results. At minimum we recommend a blend of 60% polyester - or in other words the majority of the fabric should include polyester.
A10. How much area does one liter of ink cover?
Approximately 1000 square feet, however keep in mind results may vary depending on RIP software, printer configuration settings and ink coverage area.
To estimate bulk ink costs use our bulk ink calculator which will help quantify your ink savings when switching from a cartridge based delivery system to a bulk ink system.
A11. How resistant are the sublimation inks to UV fading?
Like any decorated products, direct sunlight will cause sublimated products to fade over time. Factors that affect fading are temperature and weather - for example an area with more direct sunlight and dry, arid conditions will probably contribute to faster fading.
With that being said, the ArTainium2UV+ inks are specially designed for longer UV resistance. The inks greater resistance is partly due to the inks formulation process which produces higher density of dyes then typical ink manufacturers. This formulation also produces more vibrant color output - read more in sublimation ink section.