Sublimation Heat Press Settings: Quick Reference Guide

The following chart should serve only as a starting place. Producing quality end products is a matter of suitable substrates, a calibrated heat press, smart color management, following manufacturer guidelines, testing and practice!

If you are having difficulty or the substrate is not listed below, contact your reseller or the substrate manufacturer for their specific recommendations.

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Surface

Press Time
Temp
Pressure
Tips/Comments

Ceramic Mugs

150-210 seconds
350-400° F
40 psi (medium)
Time varies with press. Press into silicon pad. Mugs should be cooled down after transfer paper is removed in either a bucket of warm water or using a cooling plate.

Polyester Fabric

35-40 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Pre-press shirt for 3-5 seconds to eliminate moisture. Tack spray transfer and use blow-out sheet to avoid ghosting.

Vapor Apparel

45-55 seconds
380°-390° F
40 psi (medium)
See vaporapparel.com for tips on reducing press lines.

Mouspads (neoprene fabric)

45 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Look for a tight knit and high white point for more brilliant color.

Metal (Unisub)

60 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Use blow-out paper. Remove plastic coating before pressing.

Metal (Other Brands)

60 seconds
375°-400° F
40 psi (medium)
Time varies with metal manufacturer (always consult 40 psi manufacturer for correct time and temp). Place absorbent sheet on bottom of heat press. Then, place product transfer side DOWN on top of the absorbent sheet.

Outdoor Metal Panels

60-90 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Time varies with metal manufacturer (always consult manufacturer for correct time and temp). Place absorbent sheet on bottom of heat press. Then, place product transfer side DOWN on top of the absorbent sheet.

Unisub Products

60 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Remove plastic coating. Tear transfer paper away immediately after pressing.

Fire Retardant Plastics

40-75 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Remove plastic coating. Tear transfer paper away immediately after pressing.

Glass or Ceramic Flat Tiles

300-720 seconds
400° F
40 psi (medium)
Time varies depending on tile type and size. Always consult manufacturer. Press tiles from back (transfer side down). Press into silicon pad.