Dye Sublimation Inks for
Epson Inkjet Printers

Note: We no longer supply this product.

Now, you can use high quality dye sublimation inks with your HP, Encad, Lexmark, or Epson Stylus Color printer to transfer print onto polyester, Plexiglass, Mylar, Melamine, and other high temperature plastics!

Dye Sublimation Inks

These inks are used to refill your standard cartridges. Dye Sublimation inks print on plain paper and transfer onto: In addition to using ordinary inkjet or copy paper instead of special transfer papers, these transfers are wash resistant and will survive some light bleaching. They do not bleed, run, or crack upon washing.

Disadvantages

This ink - as all dye sublimation ink -- is difficult to use.
  • Printers Supported
  • Ink Part Numbers
  • Tips and Application Hints
  • Pricing
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  • Printers Supported

    Lexmark Black Cartridges

    This ink works with the Lexmark black cartridges.

    It is necessary to put these cartridges in a 5 second ultrasonic cleaning bath before startup each day. If you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner, don't try these inks with Lexmark cartridges!

    HP 51626A cartridges

    Note that the HP 51625A is not supported.

    It is necessary to put these cartridges in a 5 second ultrasonic cleaning bath before startup each day. If you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner, don't try these inks with HP cartridges!

    Encad Novajets

    It is necessary to put these cartridges in a 5 second ultrasonic cleaning bath before startup each day. If you don't have an ultrasonic cleaner, don't try these inks with Encad cartridges!

    Epson

    Only the following Epson printers are supported. We suggest that you use 720 dpi mode for best results.

    1. The following newer Epson Stylus Color printers are supported:

    2. The following older Epson Stylus Color printers are supported:

    3. The following newer Epson Stylus Color printers are partially supported (Black only):

      Ink Part Numbers

      The above HP, Encad, and Epson printers use the following dye sublimation inks:

      Tips and Application Hints

      1. First of all, make sure that you are familiar with refilling your cartridges with our standard inks, since the dye sublimation inks are somewhat tricky to use. Refilling Instructions
      2. Remember, when refilling an empty cartridge, it still has about 10 to 20 percent of the original ink remaining in the cartridge. This will dilute your first refill slightly, but won't cause any harm. The only adverse effect will be slightly lower color strengths during transfers.
      3. Because of certain technical issues, with the newer Epson printers, you will need to increase the contrast settings of your software to get darker blacks with this ink. It may prove impossible to get BLACK blacks with this ink with newer Epson printers.
      4. Because of the nature of this ink, you will need to do one or two head cleaning cycles if the the printer has been off for more than 15 to 20 minutes, and when first starting your printer. HP and Encad systems will also need a 5 second hit in an ultrasonic cleaner.
      5. You will find your best results when printing onto inkjet paper. However, generic brands of paper will work fine in most instances.
      6. Plain copy paper will work fine for cartoons and clip art, but inkjet paper is recommended for photographs.
      7. Prints can be transferred immediately, but your will see your best results if you allow the print to dry for 15 to 30 minutes or longer.
      8. When printing on the paper, remember that the image will be mirror image reversed after you transfer it to the T-shirt. Thus, you will need to reverse the image within your software prior to printing to get it to look correctly.
      9. In general, the final transferred image will have stronger colors than the paper print, but this is dependent upon the exact material onto which you transfer the print.
      10. No, this ink will not work on natural fibers, such as cotton, wool, or linen. Be sure to use cloth with at least 65 to 100 percent polyester content.
      11. The following things affect your final transfer quality and color strength:
        • Paper printed upon.
        • Material transfered to.
        • Contact temperature.
        • Contact time.
      12. Recommended transfer method:

        • Apply 350 to 425 F degree heat with moderate pressure for 15 to 25 seconds.
        • Experiment to determine the best settings for your material. We have found that 375 F degree heat applied for 20 seconds is a good starting point.
        • These inks are transparent when transferred, so be careful to avoid dark or strong background colors.
        • Remember - with Epson - to use 720 dpi mode on your printer for best results.

      Dye Sublimation Ink Pricing

      Pricing for these specialty inks follows the following schedule:
      ContainerWeight lbs/kgsSingle ColorSet of Four Inks
      1 pint/450ml1.1/.5$99.95$395.00
      1 Quart/900ml2.2/1$195.00$775.00
      1 Gallon/3.6l8.8/3$775.00$3095.00
      5 Gallon/18l40/20$3850.00$14,950.00

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