Every time we go to a trade show, our sublimation and ChromaBlast display always gets a lot of interest. We also get asked a lot of questions. Of course, every person wants to know different things, based on their own experiences and circumstances, but there are some questions that we hear quite regularly. Since we hear them so often, I thought it might be useful to list a few of those questions, and their answers, here on the blog, so those people who may not have made it to a trade show could be informed too.
Question 1: What’s the difference between ChromaBlast and sublimation? – There are a lot of ways to answer this question, but the easiest answer is also the simplest. To put it simply, sublimation is a process that works with polyester and poly coated items, and ChromaBlast is designed to work with cotton.
Question 2: Can I sublimate/print with ChromaBlast on dark items? – The short answer is no. Printing on a dark garment generally requires a white underbase or white ink, and there is no white sublimation or ChromaBlast ink. There may be some items, like our color changing mug that start out dark, but there is nothing that is consistently a dark color that can be printed with sublimation or ChromaBlast ink.
Question 3: How many prints can I get from a set of ink? – This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many factors which can impact how many prints a set of ink will yield. The size of the print, the density of the color, the settings in your print management program, the set-up of your printer, all these things can make a difference in your yield. There is no hard and fast answer to this question.
Question 4: What’s the best printer? – Again, there is no hard and fast answer to this question. A lot depends on the needs of the person who is asking. What is the largest size paper you’ll want to print? How often will you use the printer? What’s your budget? The answers given to questions like these will help determine which printer is best for you.
Obviously, there are a lot of questions we get asked at every show and, judging from the amount of time people spend in our booth, a lot of answers that are being given. If you’re at a trade show where EnMart is exhibiting, please feel free to stop by and see us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. If you can’t visit us at a trade show, leave a comment on this blog, or on Facebook page or Twitter feed and we’ll reply as soon as we can.