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Be Bright and Bold with Sublimation Ink

For printing onto hard surfaces, sublimation ink is the ultimate way to get the eye-catching effects that you need. eBay's bundles of sublimation ink offer a range of size and colour combinations, so you can be sure of finding the right sublimation ink for your printing needs. Sublimation ink makes the printing process an easy one, regardless of what or where you're printing.

How does sublimation ink work?

Sublimation inks convert from solid to gas form without ever becoming liquid, in a process similar to dry ice. They use heat and pressure to transfer colour onto a range of hard surfaces such as ceramic or fibre board, making it easy to print onto objects such as tiles, mugs, furniture, or even surfboards. These surfaces must first receive a special coating in order for the ink to take. For sublimation printing, it is possible to obtain objects with this special coating already in place. For fabrics such as polyester, no special coating is needed.

What makes sublimation ink an effective printing method?

eBay's range of professional inks come at economical prices, but sublimation ink offers good value for money in other ways too. This kind of ink is an easily sublimated dye that prints directly onto the transfer paper used in the design process. Although it uses heat, it is a low energy disperse dye and bright, bold images can be produced quickly. This not only saves you time, but also avoids unnecessary wastage.

What should you look for when buying sublimation ink?

eBay offers plenty of options when it comes to choosing the right sublimation ink. A good place to start is to think about what your final product will be used for, and where. For example, whether the image will be displayed mostly outside or inside, and what environment it will be exposed to. For this reason it is important to look for quality, branded products to ensure consistency and durability. The size of the final image is also important as this will have a bearing on the size of refill or cartridge you should be looking for.

  • Trademarks and branding: Buying unlicensed sublimation inks may affect your final product as well as your printer.
  • Compatibility: Make sure that the ink and printer can function together. Always check the manufacturer's site for details before purchase.
  • Durability: Check that the ink you are buying is suitable for your purpose. The wrong type of ink will impact the longevity of your final product.
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