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Why sublimation paper get curl and How we solve the curling problem ?

When dealing with sublimation, some people may have encountered a big and serious problem - the sublimation paper curls and scratches the printer head. Today , we are going to offer you a solution to help you out of that problem --- curling !

First of all, why sublimation paper get curl ?  

 Sublimation paper  is a coated paper, made up with two important parts : The base paper,  and the sublimation coating, which all have contains moisture. When you  put the sublimation paper in a environment of dry air and high  temperature, the moisture will evaporate. At this time, if the moisture  of the base paper and the coating evaporate inconsistently, the paper  will curl. The process of the moisture evaporation, we call it  “scalability”.   




Second, what’s the consequence of curling problem ?  

As  we stated above, When you are printing a heavy ink loading, the paper  will scratch and damage the printer head once the paper curls.   

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Third, how to solve the curling problem ?   

1.We  adopt high quality sublimation base paper instead of the offset paper.  This type of base paper is made up of nature wood pulp (softwood and  hardwood), which fiber is longer, and more flexible than the offset  paper. So the better performance and the scalability can help to reduce  the possibility of the curl.  

 2.The anti-curl coating. The base paper has two sides, smooth side and rough side.   

Typically, sublimation transfer paper is only printed on one side. Accordingly, the sublimation transfer paper only needs to have the sublimation ink receptive coating on the side that receives and holds the sublimation ink. So the smooth side will be coated with sublimation coating and the rough side can be uncoated.   


3.But  if the paper is only coated on one side, the structure is not stable  and balanced, the paper many have an increased tendency to curl. So the  second method to preventing curling problem, is to coat the wire side  with a functional coating too. The functional coating ,or named as  anti-curl coating, could provide the sublimation transfer paper enhanced  stability.   

 With  above two solutions, we solve the curling problem perfectly. Saving  paper cost does not mean saving the total cost. Always a better quality  help you  to improve your productivity and to protect your other  equipment, that’s the real saving !

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