The first part of this series on transfer paper discussed the elements necessary for paper to perform well during the dye-sublimation (dye-sub) process. Consistency, reaction to ink, water measurements, and temperature are essential to achieving desired results. Click on the link at the bottom of this article if you missed part one. Part two focuses on a roundup of vendors’ transfer papers.
AW Specialty Papers offers the Subli-Trans papers for water, oil, and solvent dye-sub work. Both AW Subli-Trans SJ and AW Subli-Trans WB are U.S.-made and designed for use with oil- and water-based dye-sub inks, respectively.
Beaver Paper manufactures TexPrintGFO and TexPrintGFS 126-inch grand format papers. In addition, TexPrint-Green is the company’s eco-conscious offering, introduced at FESPA 2009. Beaver Paper works within sustainable forestry reserves for fibers and no harsh chemicals or bleach are used to whiten the paper. More importantly, "the paper is thin, so it uses less tones to yield more output. This results in throwing away less paper into recycling facilities or landfills," explains Rob Repasi, VP TexPrint sublimation paper group, Beaver Paper. The company’s flagship water-based paper, TexPrintXP-HR, features a special quick-dry coating chemistry that dries almost immediately after printing.