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52 a-e-mag.com • A&E JUNE 2016 One of the great things about sub- limation is its ability to scale to larger and faster printers. Scaling up to larger printers for size and volume typically provides lower operating costs, making sublimation with the Reveal S paper quite attractive. HAND AND WASH DURABILITY Once transferred, hand of the shirt is similar to screen printing. Due to the self-weeding nature of the Reveal S coating, you only feel and see the emul- sion where you see color on the garment. Outside of those areas, the hand remains unchanged. After the first washing, the hand is minimal. I have found wash durability to be excellent and comparable with the best DTG inks. The Reveal S paper does require heavy pressure to set the emul- sion firmly into the cotton, so I recom- mend washing your first shirt to verify that proper transfer pressure was used. Like most fabric printing technologies, you must follow the directions to get excellent wash durability. Due to various sizing agents used by manufacturers, some fabrics will wash better than others, so always test new fabric. HOW TO USE IT It's important to print to the imaging side of the paper in mirror image. Once printed, you are ready to transfer at the recommended time, temperature and pressure. Vivid Chemical recommends transferring within a few hours of printing to achieve maximum vibrancy of the inks. One interesting production benefit of Reveal S is that since it is partially trans- parent, you can clearly see the image from the other side of the paper as it is placed face down on the shirt. This feature greatly aids in reducing place- ment errors. To maximize the vibrancy of the transfer, we at Condé Systems have devel- oped a new "Reveal S Setting" for your sublimation printer. REVEAL S VERSUS DTG With DTG printers, the shirt must be aligned on the DTG's platen to be printed. Once printed, the shirt must be carefully removed and placed in your heat press. Generally, DTG inks are pressed for about One interesting production benefit of Reveal S is that since it is partially transparent, you can clearly see the image from the other side of the paper as it is placed face down on the shirt. Vivid Chemical recommends transferring within a few hours of printing for maximum vibrancy.

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