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Heat Press Times

SUBLIMATION HEAT PRESS SETTINGS RECOMMENDED GUIDELINES

The following chart serves only as a guideline when sublimating products. It will help you when using different substrates like ceramics to fabrics.
You will need to make sure your heat press is calibrated and tested on a frequent basis. Remember not every heat press, convection oven, or tumbler/mug press is the same. The time and temperatures are ONLY recommended. You will need to test on your heat press, convection oven, or tumbler/ mug press.
When sublimating different sublimation blanks, there are a few variables to keep in mind. Each brand and type of heat press can have a different setting, just the same as each blank can vary when purchased from different suppliers.

Disclaimer: The heat press time / temperature guidelines are only recommendations for Sub This & That's products.

CERAMICS:

  • Convection Oven
    • Temp: 370-400
    • Time: 12-15 minutes
    • Tip: Make sure you use heat press tape or shrink wrap to prevent ghosting and to keep image without moving.

  • Mug Press
    • Temp: 380-400
    • Time: 4-5 minutes
    • Tip: Make sure you use heat press tape or shrink wrap to prevent ghosting and to keep the image without moving.

 

TUMBLERS:

  • Convection Oven
    • Temp: 375-400
    • Time: 6-7 minutes
    • Tip: Make sure you use heat press tape or shrink wrap to prevent ghosting and to keep image without moving.

  • Tumbler Press
    • Temp: 375-400
    • Time: 2.5 - 3.5 minutes
    • Tip: Make sure you use heat press tape or shrink wrap to prevent ghosting and to keep image without moving.

 

METALS / STAINLESS STEEL / ALUMINUM:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 60-70 seconds
    • Pressure: Medium
    • Tip: Remove any film before you press.                                

 

GLASS:

  • Convection Oven
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 8-15 minutes
    • Pressure: Medium
    • Tip: Time varies depending on what glass product is subbed. You need to make sure you have time & temperature from your supplier you purchased from.

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 4-5 minutes
    • Pressure: Light to Medium
    • Tip: Use heat resistant gloves to take products out of the oven or heat press. Remember they are extremely hot. Check out our YouTube Channel for step by step tutorials for glass products. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvtbDsdlxaJURz4YaEb9RRg

 

MDF / UNISUB:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 60 seconds
    • Pressure: Medium
    • Tip: Remove film before you press

 

NEOPRENE:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 380-400
    • Time: 45-55 seconds
    • Pressure: Light to Medium
    • Tip: Pre-press 5-10 seconds

 

FABRICS / POLYESTER:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 50-60 seconds
    • Pressure: Light to Medium
    • Tip: Pre-press 5-10 seconds

 

PU FAUX LEATHER:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 385
    • Time: 50 seconds
    • Pressure: Extremely Light
    • Tip: Only apply heat press tape at the very edge of the product outside the stitching to prevent any impressions in the PU Leather

 

PLASTICS:

  • Heat Press
    • Temp: 400
    • Time: 60 seconds
    • Pressure: Medium
    • Tip: Remove any film before you press

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