By Randy Anderson, Product Marketing Manager-MUTOH AMERICA INC
There is almost no area that dye sublimation doesn’t have some application for, and one of my favorites is all over tee shirt printing.
Nothing makes all over printing easier than tacky paper.
I get my paper and tacky paper from Beaver Paper http://beaverpaper.com/, Rob Rapasi and the gang over there keep me in the papers I needed and provide me with textile for direct print as well.
This works well for doing all over work on pre-sewn garments because if you use non sticky paper, when you do the second side pressing the first side will visually lighten up.
With tacky paper the paper remains on the first side so that that side does not lighten up when pressing the second side.
So I lay out both sides so that I can fold the paper into a ‘sandwich’ to put the shirt in.
So print out with your favorite dye sub printer – I chose the ValueJet 1638WX – https://mutoh.com/products/valuejet-1638wx/
Fold print in half
You can line up both images if your paper is translucent enough
I like to press my shirts for about 5 seconds to flatten them out.
Roll the top layer up, place the shirt, roll the top layer down over the shirt.
Press side one, flip, press side two.
Peel shirt from tacky paper, enjoy your new all-over shirt.
Tacky paper works well for all-over garments, but does fantastic with piece parts as well, that will be sewn into garments.