Which hard substrates are ideal for heat transfers?

With the latest generation of laser, inkjet, and sublimation/ink printing systems, the ability to print on a variety of hard surfaces has inordinately expanded. The papers are easy to work with and, generally, are simple one- or two-step processes; laser and sublimation papers are no-weed. Inkjet papers require weeding, although high-quality papers leave virtually no window after heat transfer application on hard substrates.

When using inkjet or laser heat transfer papers, no pre-treatment is required. This opens up a vast range of products that are ideal for printing and include light-color ceramic, glass, wood, leather, puzzle blanks, some card stock, mouse pads, and metal.

For sublimation printing where 100% polyester-coated products are required, use a range of white products for overall brilliant color, such as mugs, cell phone cases, glass items, tiles, magnets, fishing lures, mouse pads, coasters, and more.


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Gregory R. Markus


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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