Tips on getting the best results using Unisub
notes are designed to help you get the best results using Unisub.
While Unisub is designed specifically for color sublimation, proper
preparation of the transfer and heat press is critical to achieving optimal
quality. Please refer to the manuals provided with your printer and sublimation
supplies for detailed instructions on configuring and troubleshooting
your system. In preparing full color sublimation transfers it is essential
to disable color matching from your computer software. You should utilize
the sublimation color matching/color correction software designed for
your printer. Once color has been software corrected, the screen image
may look more purple and the transfer may appear washed out. Seiko transfers
may, likewise appear dull after preheating. This is normal, and is the
desired result of color adjustment for the transfer process.
Equipment and conditions do vary, therefore the suggested times and
temperatures are given as good starting points from which you may
experiment and find the conditions that give the best results from
1. Prepare The Unique Surface
Remember to peel the transparent protective film off of the Unisub
surface and check to be sure that you are working with a clean, particle
2. Heat Press
Heat the platen to the appropriate temperature
and know your dwell time in advance (see table below). Always use
"medium" pressure - at least 40 pounds per square inch.
Stahls Heat Press
Knight Heat Press
|SubliJet Ink Jet Transfers
| Dwell Time
| Dwell Time
| Seiko Ribbon Transfers
|| 400F || 25-40 sec.
Time and temperature will vary depending on your press. Dwell times
can be reduced in 5-15 second increments, depending on your equipment,
until you find which duration results in the clearest image.
3. Preventing Blowouts
A blowout refers to an image whose colors have "blown out" of its borders
and appears smudged. The primary causes of blowouts are uneven heating,
overheating and excessive pressure. Heat press accessories, such as
rubber pads or a Teflon sheet (recommended) covering a taped down transfer
will prevent a blowout of your image by lessening the variance in temperature
across the surface.
Anytime you choose rubber pads to prevent a blowout instead of a
Teflon sheet, increase the temperature 25 degrees and the dwell time
in 15-second increments until you achieve optimum color.
4. Preheat Transfer
Varying storage conditions may have an
effect on the moisture content of transfer paper. To eliminate moisture
from transfers, place the printed transfer 2"-3" below the platen
for 20-40 seconds. This is strongly recommended for Seiko Instruments
If your image appears blurry on the Unisub
surface, then make sure the temperature and dwell time are correct. If
the blur appears to have been a blowout, and no Teflon sheet or rubber
pads were used, consider purchasing these accessories to even the flow
of heat across the surface.
If everything is set correctly and you still have trouble, your transfer
may be shifting. Sometimes a blowout or smeared look results when the
transfer moves across the sublimation surface while it is still hot, usually
when the press is lifted or while removing the transfer from the sublimation
surface. To prevent this, it is recommended to always use a transfer sheet
that is larger than the white surface you are sublimating onto. Ideally,
the paper should cover the entire white surface of the board with enough
overhang to secure it to the backside or platen. Use heat resistant tape
to tape your transfer to the platen or to the back of the Unisub
piece to be sublimated. Do not tape to the foiled edge of a plaque
as it may pull the foil off when removed. If possible, allow the piece
to cool slightly before removing the transfer and tape.