Preparing Wood for Sublimation

Looking to sublimate wood? Familiarize yourself with these factors.

Sublimation only bonds to polymers, thus it will not bond directly to wood. There are plenty of wood products in the marketplace that have a professionally applied polymer coating, so the best solution is to visit sublimation dealer websites and take a look at what is available.

There are some do-it-yourself products for coating wood, but it’s tough to get top quality as there are lots of factors involved, such as:

  • The coating must bond to the wood.
  • The coating has to have consistent depth and coverage.
  • The coating may require additional chemicals.
  • The coating may require precise curing in a kiln.

Few sublimators do their own coatings because of the difficulty of doing so.



Jimmy Lamb

Jimmy Lamb has 25+ years of product decoration business experience, as well as extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. Currently, he works with Sawgrass Technologies as the manager of communication and education, where he has been instrumental in developing its educational seminars and webinars.

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