Vapor Adult Basic T Sublimation Instructions*

Instruction Details

Temperature:
390°F / 198.89°C
Time:
50 Seconds
Pressure:
Medium
Substrate:
4011XS, 4011S, 4011M, 4011L, 4011X, 4011X2, 4011X3, 4014XS, 4014S, 4014M, 4014L, 4014X, 4014X2, 4014X3, 4014X4, 4706XS, 4706S, 4706M, 4706L, 4706X, 4706X2, 4706X3, 4047XS, 4047S, 4047M, 4047L, 4047X, 4047X2, 4047X3, 4047X4 (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Additional Items Needed

Heat Press Method Instructions

*This garment is NOT Sublimation Certified.

1. Cover the bottom table of the press with a sheet of protective paper.
2. Secure transfer to the garment using Adhesive Spray.
3. Place garment face up, with attached transfer face down, on top of protective paper on bottom table.
4. If needed, place a sheet of protective paper between the layers of the garment to prevent sublimation blow-through.
5. Top with protective paper and press according to time, temperature, and pressure above. If your design includes black and very dark colors, add 10 seconds to press time.

Application notes: Press and paper lines can be an issue when pressing shirts. Click here for a video showing how to feather or "deckle" the edge of the transfer.

Dark colored shirts are not suitable for sublimation. You can image dark black to a red shirt, but black shirts will just absorb the ink.

Most darker color Vapor Apparel shirts are not "Sublimation Certified" by Vapor for two reasons:

1. The darker garment has a big impact on the color reproduction of sublimated images.

2. Even when printing very dark or black graphics on a royal blue or Mars red shirt for example, the dyes in the shirt that are subject to the heat will release (they sublimate out) and the shirt will show an obvious faded-looking rectangle from the press platen. One can see the dyes on the spent sublimation release paper. There is no solution to this problem with sublimation.

Stack Order for Heat Press

  • HEAT PRESS PLATEN
  • PROTECTIVE PAPER
  • TRANSFER
  • SUBSTRATE
  • PROTECTIVE PAPER
  • BOTTOM TABLE

OUR INSTRUCTIONS ARE BASED ON USING A DK20S, DK3110 AND/OR A COUNTER TOP CONVECTION OVEN. TIMES AND TEMPERATURES WILL VARY DEPENDING ON WHICH EQUIPMENT YOU USE.

Heat Press Pressure Cheat Sheet

Level
PSI
Press Dial Level
Average Human Resistance Felt
Contact Pressure
10-15 psi
1 on press dial
Where the platen just makes physical contact with product
Light Pressure
20 psi
2 on press dial
Resistant with one arm pressing down, easy with two arms
Medium Pressure
40-60 psi
3-5 on press dial
Resistant with two arms pressing down, doesn't require usage of shoulders
Heavy Pressure
80 psi
6 and up on dial
Very resistant with two arms pressing down, requires lifting of elbows and shoulders to lock in place

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