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Sublimation is a digital form of printing that enables you to have almost any design you want on a polyester garment. A design is created on a computer and then printed directly on to the polyester using the equivalent of huge inkjet printers as shown in the pictures. When printed the inks bond with the fabric so you don’t get a raised surface like embroidery or heat transfer printing. This means your design and logo’s will never come off.

When you get a sublimated rugby shirt from us you pay one price; for that price you get your design and you can add as many logos to it as you need without the price going up. It is a great way to save money if you have 2 or more sponsors on your shirt.

Here is the sublimation process in more detail… if you really want to know.


Sublimation printing is the application of sublimation inks onto a surface using a heat press to provide the required combination of heat, time and pressure. This combination causes the inks to be converted from a solid to a gaseous state enabling them to penetrate the sublimatable surface so that a permanent, full colour image is formed. The colour penetrates the surface of the item so that the result is colourful, long lasting and resistant to scratching unlike some other printing methods that merely print onto the surface of the item.

Dye sublimation printing is always done on a polyester, polymer, or polymer coated item. At high temperatures, the solid dye converts into a gas without ever becoming a liquid. The same high temperature opens the pores of the polymer and allows the gas to enter. When the temperature drops, the pores close and the gas reverts to a solid state. It has now become a part of the polymer. For this reason true dye sublimation cannot be done on natural materials such as 100% cotton. Natural fibres and non-coated materials have no “pores” to open.

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