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Dye sublimation coating

A discussion started in 2001 but continuing through 2019


Q. Has anybody found a source for an acrylic coating (polyester based?) that can be used to coat ceramic or metal so that you can apply a dye sublimation image to it (375 - 400° F)?

Jose Morales
PMI - Cayey, Puerto Rico

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Sublimation Coating for hard materials

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Sublimation Coating for cotton fabric


Q. I have not found any supplier for your coating, if you have found any, I would appreciate to learn about it.


Mohamed Elabi
- Cairo, Egypt

December 10, 2009

A. Hi, folks. According to coating consultant Carl Izzo, Nov. 2005, in Products Finishing magazine: two-component polyester coatings are suggested (typical automotive clearcoats). For small jobs, polyester casting and coating resins are available from craft stores. For larger projects, mix the components and use a conventional spray gun (using it up quickly and cleaning the equipment because of the short shelf life) or use a two-head spray gun. I have no personal experience in this though.


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Ted Mooney, P.E. - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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Rave hair spray

June 13, 2011

A. Hey, don't go out and buy the expensive sublimation coatings. I've been doing months worth of research. You really aren't going to believe this but go purchase Rave 4X hairspray =>

..(yeah, I'm serious). I've successfully used it on porcelain tiles, wood and most recently a 100% cotton T-shirt. When I used the T-shirt I washed it three times in cold water (didn't use hot) and dried it. NO COLOR FADE. The reason I did this research is because it takes me a week to get the coating in and as a business just starting out I couldn't afford to have a lot of it in stock.

Angela Muir
- Leeds, Alabama USA

June 30, 2013

Q. Hello, I would like to know how Rave 4x mega is used, Drying time to allow, Any Curing for hard substrates? I would like to give it a try. would just like to know what the process is for substrates I would like to use, Metal, Ceramics. Thanks.

Nelson Russell
- Lawrenceville, Georgia

March 10, 2019

Q. : I tried Rave 4 to sublimate some items and it didn't work for me on license plate or ceramic. If it worked for you, what is your secret?

Jon Mallory
retired ole man - Merritt Island Florida

April 2019

A. Hello Jay. You might be 100% right that it simply doesn't work. But have you been highly successful with some other sublimation coatings so that we can narrow it down to the problem being the Rave not working, as opposed to the problem being somewhere else in the several other steps involved in sublimation coating?


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Ted Mooney, P.E. RET - Pine Beach, New Jersey
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April 8, 2019

Dyepress Polygloss

Q. I have used dye press Poly Gloss with success. The price makes it prohibitive for the few times I need it.

Jon Mallory [returning]
n/a - Merritt Island, Florida

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