The first thing in troubleshooting any problem is to try to systematically isolate that problem, so that you can determine what the cause is. Then with the problem identified, you can correct it.
The heat press machine, sublimation paper, sublimation ink, inkjet printer, or even the environment can be the issue. Looking at the long list of possibilities, it could be easy to get frustrated, but it is not as bad as it appears. Taking things one step at a time and starting with the basics are the ways to solve the problem and save some sanity. Go through your list, isolate each one, and check them off your list as you go.
ENSURE YOUR PRINTER IS FUNCTIONING PROPERLY
The first thing to check is to make sure your printer prints a good nozzle check. By printing the nozzle check pattern, you are isolating your printer to make sure it is functioning properly. The printer will print a special test pattern, which can be compared to an example on your computer screen.
Gaps in the printed pattern will indicate a clog in the print head. This test is something you should get in the habit of doing before printing the first transfer each day. It is also not a bad idea to run one on your printer daily, if possible, even if you are not using your printer. It will help to keep your printer running in tip-top condition.
If you have run several cleaning cycles and your nozzle check does not improve, you should contact your distributor for advice on how to continue. There are many advanced techniques you can use to clear up a bad nozzle check if the head-cleaning process does not work. The correct technique to use depends on the sublimation printer setup that you are operating, and whether or not you have a bulk ink system.
CHECK YOUR HEAT PRESS AND MATERIALS
If printer issues do not seem to be the problem, some easy things to quickly check are the following:
Is your heat press running at the correct temperature? It is good to periodically check your heat press machine.
Did you print on the correct side of the sublimation paper? It sounds silly, but it happens to all of us. If you print on the wrong side of the paper, your sublimated image will look light and splotchy.
Check the dates on your sublimation ink. Are they old? Old inks can result in a color shift that can lighten the colors in your sublimated items.
It could be possible that there is an issue with the item you are trying to sublimate. First, you should make sure that the blank item you are trying to sublimate is suited for sublimation. All items that are sublimatable are made of, or coated with, a special polyester/polymer that will not melt at the temperature that sublimation occurs.
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