What is the difference between heat-transfer paper and sublimation paper?

Sublimation paper can only be used with substrates that are primarily white, or light in color, that are 100% polyester. These include apparel or products that have a polyester coating like mugs, plaques, puzzle blanks, phone cases, Dri-Fit shirts, T-shirts, caps, and more. That is unlike heat-transfer paper, which doesn’t require a coated surface. Additionally, heat-transfer paper for dark and light substrates is available. They can be used to transfer designs to 100% polyester, 100% cotton, and 50/50 blends.


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Gregory R. Markus is the president of RhinoTech, a 25+ year old world-wide manufacturer/distributor of screen and digital printing equipment and products. The company has its roots in the development, production, and sales of One and Two-part screen printing adhesives that are RhinoBond and RhinoMite adhesives. RhinoTech offers product videos with step-by-step instruction at

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