10 Year Sub

  • 3rd August 2016
  • By supersport

The dye-sublimation printing process is used to print on to a range of polyester fabrics. It is used for applications such as T-shirts, banners, table covers, id cards, sportswear and flags. The original printers were an electrostatic technology using toners but now are generally large format inkjet printers using specially formulated inks. The dye sublimation inks are a disperse dye suspended in a liquid solvent, like water. The images are initially printed on coated heat-resistant transfer paper as a reverse image of the final design, which is then transferred onto polyester fabric in a heat press operating at a temperature around 180 to 210 C (375 F). Under high temperature and pressure, the dye turns into a gas and permeates the fabric and then solidifies into its fibres. The fabric is permanently dyed so it can be washed without damaging the quality of the image. Advantages of dye-sublimation over other methods of textile printing:  • Images are permanent and do not peel or fade. • Dye does not build up on the fabric. • Colours can be extraordinarily brilliant due to the bonding of the dye to the transparent fibres of the synthetic fabric. • Truly continuous tones can be achieved that are equivalent to photographs, without the use special techniques such as half-screen printing. • The image can be printed all over the entire item, with no difficulty in printing all the way to the edges.

Sublimation printed sportswear is a relatively new way of making custom clothing and is heavily used in some sports but not as much as others. Rugby teams for example have really embraced the idea of having their design printed to create a totally unique kit that stands out above the rest. Football however as slow to catch on to this process as the kits tend to be more subdued, whether this is to sell more shirts on the basis of people wearing them both on and off the pitch, we don’t know. One thing we do know is that we have been using this technique for 10 years. Originally buying printed paper with various designs and using a small heat press to transfer the design onto night dresses and selling onto department stores. Since then we have invested in numerous printers and presses and have the ability to create a totally unique kit from scratch with any design you can dream of, this also benefits your sponsor as we are able to print their logo as big as possible in as many positions as you like. To see your custom kit come to life email: info@supersport.co.uk or call 01538 386226