What happens if you try to transfer an image with the protective film still attached?

Sublimators often try to press a product with the protective film still attached. If you try to transfer an image through the film and onto the product, this causes bubbling, which leaves a textured-like feel or look or causes the protective paper to adhere to the product. Not all products have this coating, so the best way to discover whether a product has the coating or not is to carefully hold it under the heat press – the film should wrinkle, making it easier to remove.

-David Gross, Condé

Condé Systems president

David Gross

David Gross is the president of Condé Systems, Inc. For over 30 years, he has developed and built the Mobile, Alabama based company into the premier source for printers, substrates, and consumables serving the sublimation and digital heat transfer industries. David's goal has always been to provide business owners the superior guidance and resources needed to be successful at these exciting and profitable decorating technologies. Gross regularly contributed articles to A&E magazine as part of his “Road to Sublimation Success” series and continues to contribute to GRAPHICS PRO. He has co-authored several books including RTSS: Harnessing the Power of Sublimation for Outstanding Profits, RTSS: Cashing In On The ChromaLuxe Revolution, The Sublimation Journal, and others. He can be reached by email at

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