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.Jetcol OS is one of the first papers developed for oil- and solvent-based sublimation inks. The coating is designed to receive the oil or solvent in the ink without interfering with the transfer yield. A special feature prevents oil or solvent strike through on the paper when applying large amounts of ink. Jetcol TA features a component that makes the paper adhere to the fabric during the transfer process, avoiding ghosting.
Coldenhove Papier offers Jetcol HTR, Jetcol HS, Jetcol OS, and Jetcol TA dye-sub transfer papers. The papers work with all ink brands and printers. One of the newest releases is the ultra-lightweight Jetcol HTR1000, which features a maximum resolution of 540x720 dpi and allows for 240 percent ink coverage.
Condé Systems, Inc. distributes Beaver Paper’s TexPrint and Coldenhove’s Jetcol papers. The company also manufactures DyeTrans high-resolution (HR) sublimation paper. According to David Gross, president, Condé, DyeTrans HR provides minimal dot gain.
Neenah Paper, Inc.’s Jet-Opaque transfer paper offers excellent washability characteristics. Gerry Rector, associate director, Neenah, says "users typically wash the company’s products 20, 30, or 40 times before serious degradation occurs." A new, softer Jet-Opaque is also available. In addition, 3G Jet-Opaque heat transfer papers are designed for transferring inkjet images to dark or other colored garments and substrates. The product contains an opaque layer to hide the color of the substrate and allow for photo-quality transfers.
SpectraJet’s sublimation paper, manufactured in the U.S, includes SilverBack. It is compatible with water-, oil-, and solvent-based sublimation ink. "The paper is created in the best base weight to accommodate grand format sizes down to 17-inch rolls," notes Guy Spinelli, president, SpectraJet. The company also sells sublimation ink and blotter tissue for sublimation.
US Sublimation offers its own brand of paper referred to as JetTran. JetTran HR is a high-release coated paper designed to maximize the dye release into the final substrate during the sublimation process. It is available in 75, 100, and 135 gsm weights. JetTran EV is an industrial paper designed for use with US Sublimation elvajet inks. "This is a thin, uncoated paper for high-release, which greatly reduces its cost to end users," explains Michael Labella, product manager, US Sublimation. JetTran EV is currently available in 55 gsm and plans are underway for a 45-gsm version.
WingWing America, LLC’s DyeMaster dye-sub transfer paper is tested to work with all major brands of piezo printers and water-based dye-sub inks. It is available in both 100 and 130 gsm weights. The product features a heat-activated tacky coating, which prevents ghosting and creates faster drying times and higher transfer rates.
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