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.