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Printing Polyester

Printing Polyester


The most common way to print on polyester is through dye sublimation. This means printing with disperse dyes on special paper and sublimating into the fibers using a heated calendar.

In polyester dye sublimation, dyes/inks are infused into the fibers so there is no issue with crocking (color rubbing off). The hand of the fabric will not change either.

Fabrics with at least 60% polyester can be dye sublimated, making brilliant color, a soft hand, and photographic detail possible.

Another polyester printing method is direct disperse, where coated fabric is printed on directly.

Check out our textile printing and dye sublimation sections for more in-depth printing info.