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    Testing Wilko's new 'sublimation' paper

    Our local Wilko's had a new budget A4 paper in this week so I bought some. I only bought it to print out some leaflets to hand out at markets and craft shows.

    At £3.75 for 500 sheets it's cheap enough.

    It's a bit quiet today so I thought I'd see what it was like as a sublimation transfer so got one of my old sub-standard mugs out to test it on.

    Looks pretty good. Certainly good enough for mass market items which uses vectors or artwork rather than photographs or complex colour gradients. I haven't tried it on a lot of items or with photo reproduction but it's good to know I've got a cheap stand by if I run out of 'proper' sublimation transfer paper :)

    The mug is from signwordz - I could not use it normally because of some iregularities and discolouration inside the mug - cooked in a heatpress for 180 seconds.

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    Out of interest, what is the GSM of the paper?

    I use Tesco's paper for my high vis (black only bang em out sort of thing). It works very very well, but as it is so thin you have to have a sheet of grease proof paper on top. My calculation meant that slows the whole process down by about 48 vests a day.

    May not sound like a lot, but on a production line it is as that is almost 250 a week.

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    it's 90gsm so not too thin.

    I think tesco's and the standard wilko budget paper is normally around 60gsm.

    There was no bleed through in the mug press but cannot say about clothing and heat presses.

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    buying regular cheap paper saves you about 10p per 3 mugs, - but do you need to use more ink to get saturated solids?
    Colour profile?
    Or more time in the clamp?
    48 vest is £5quid of paper saving, but if you need to use greaseproof ....
    Is it genuinely worth it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by logobear View Post
    buying regular cheap paper saves you about 10p per 3 mugs, - but do you need to use more ink to get saturated solids?
    Colour profile?
    Or more time in the clamp?
    48 vest is £5quid of paper saving, but if you need to use greaseproof ....
    Is it genuinely worth it?
    What prices are you basing that saving in Logo? Tesco cheap paper is £3.50 (might be £3.75) for 500 sheets. That equates to 0.007p per sheet. The cheapest I have found is around the £6 for 100 sheets meaning the same amount of paper would be £30. It might not seem much but when you are doing 20k plus a year it adds up. Although you have inspired me to revisit the set up :-)


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    Well I never knew you could use standard paper for sublimation!
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    Costco has HP 80gsm - 5 reams for £13.18 inc vat. Works out at just under £2.64 per 500 sheets - never used it for sublimation, but it's bright white and goes well through a riso.
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