Natural Wood ChromaLuxe

Instruction Details

Temperature:
400°F / 204.44°C
Time:
2 minutes - 2 minutes 30 seconds
Pressure:
Medium to Heavy
Prepress:
20 seconds
Substrate:
U4527, U9502, U4529, U4534, U8939 (Part numbers may vary by distributor)

Heat Press Method Instructions

For smaller panels 8x10” and under – 1 Minute 50 seconds
From 8x10” to 16x20” – 2 minutes
16X20” and Larger - 2 minutes 30 seconds
48x48" - 2 min 45 seconds

1. Print the transfer on general-purpose inkjet sublimation transfer paper. Do not use Jetcol high-release paper. Make sure the transfer is completely dry. You can use the "hover" method for 15-20 seconds to dry it if you have a swing-away press. Otherwise let it dry thoroughly. When sublimating natural wood prints it is important to minimize the bleed on the transfer in order to reduce the appearance of dyes on the sides. Suggested bleed is 0.1” on all four sides.
2. Cover the bottom rubber platen with protective paper.
3. Remove plastic film from panels that have it.
4. Place the panel face up on the protective sheet. Top with another piece of paper.
5. Prepress for 20 seconds, remove from the press and let cool.
6. Lightly mist transfer with adhesive spray. Do not use heat tape.
7. Adhere the transfer face down on the imaging side of the substrate and smooth wrinkles.
8. Place substrate onto the press with the imaging side face-up.
9. For larger 16x20+: Cover with a piece of polypoplin fabric.For Small panels. cover with protective paper.
10. Press with Temp/Time/Pressure settings listed above.

Application Notes
~ If, after pressing, you notice warp in the wood panel, allow it to cool fully, then turn it over, put down protective paper and press it again for 30-60 seconds.

During pressing, it is normal for trapped moisture to escape through the substrate’s edge foil. Should the edge foil come loose and flake off after transfer, this is indicative of an excessive amount of moisture within the substrate. In this instance, you will need to pre-press (and cool) your substrates twice for 30 seconds each, prior to transfer.

Stack Order for Heat Press

  • HEAT PRESS PLATEN
  • POLYPOPLIN FABRIC
  • 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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