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Heat Pressing Info


Unisub Heat Times


1) Preheat press to 400°F and set to medium pressure


- All times shown are for “Face-Up Sublimation”

- Transfer will be face-down on top of the substrate

- Sublimatable side of the substrate will be facing toward the heating element

- Adjust heat time as necessary for best results


FR Plastic - Small

1 Minute


Hardboard – Small

1 Minute

FR Plastic - Large

1 – 2 Minutes


Hardboard – Large

1 – 2 Minutes

MDF Plaques

60 – 80 Seconds



1 Minute

Car Flags

45 Seconds



1 Minute


Unisub Substrate Preparation
1) Remember to peel the protective film off the substrate (if applicable) - The protective film can easily be removed by quickly touching an edge of the film to the heat platen and then rolling it off with your palm
Make sure you are working with a clean, lint-free surface
2) A “double image” can result when the transfer moves across a sublimatable surface while it is still hot – securing the transfer with heat tape will eliminate this problem
3) Do not tape to the foiled edge of a plaque or paperweight as it might pull the foil off when removed
4) Do not tape to any part of an imaged area of a UNISUB product. Tape to the back of the product. The tape will indent the UNISUB surface.
5) For double sided products, the transfers can be folded in half, and heated without heat tape

Unisub Heating Issues
Warping - can happen to some Unisub products, the FRP license plate for example

- It can be minimized by allowing products to cool face down on a firm surface and placing a weighted object on the back of the product 

- If warping is severe, the sublimated piece can be heated a second time from the back side and allowed to cool

- Do not bend products while they are still hot, as it can damage the substrate and your sublimated image

Blowout - refers to images whose colors have been “blown out” of its borders and appear smudged or blurry

- Primary causes are uneven heating, overheating, excessive pressure, or too much time


The information contained herein is included for illustrative purposes only and, to the best of our knowledge, is accurate and reliable.  ACP Technologies cannot, however, under any circumstances make any guarantee of results or assume any obligation or liability in connection with the use of this information.  As ACP has no control over the use to which others may put its products, it is recommended that the products be tested to determine if suitable for a specific application and/or information is valid in a particular circumstance.  Responsibility remains with owner for the design, application and proper installation of each product.  Specifier and user shall determine suitability of products for a specific application and assume all responsibility in connection therewith.

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