DuraCotton is designed for use with dry process printers such as color laser printers, color laser copiers, and Alps MicroDry process printers. It is not suitable for ink jet printers. DuraCotton will change the way you choose to sublimate/transfer! In a class by itself, DuraCotton works with the QMS 6100 color laser printers (virtually no washout with 50-50 & minor with 100 % cotton when printed with AutoART’s DuraSub dye sub toner), photocopiers from Canon, Xerox, Minolta and Ricoh (virtually no washout) and Alps / Oki thermal printers (virtually no washout). There is NO need to scissor cut tight around images. The outline of DuraCotton polymer does not show: not on white or light colors, not even on darks!
NOW, there is no need to carry half a dozen paper brands to support the specific needs of various digital equipment (photocopiers, lasers, Alps / Oki). DuraCotton not only works with each technology but outperforms each and every paper on the market today. Sorry, DuraCotton does not work with inkjet or with the HP Tektronics color lasers. DuraCotton is priced AutoART affordable. In some cases, two-thirds the price of other papers - papers that may not work to your satisfaction.
DuraCotton has two core applications: transfer (with regular toner) and sublimation (with AutoART’s DuraSub dye sub toner) 100% cotton and 50-50 fabrics.
Sublimation’s REPUTATION: 100% cotton cannot be sublimated!
THE NEW REALITY: "Technology changes everything ... even our dreams." Unknown author.
You can now sublimate to 100 % cotton, 50-50 blends, and canvas. To be 100% sure you understand that point, we’ll put it another way: the AutoART dye sub solution sublimates to cotton, 50-50 blends, canvas, etc. Here’s an explanation of how: print DuraCotton paper, using AutoART’s DuraSub dye sub toner, in either a QMS or Xante color laser printer (specific models). Pre-heat shirt, heat press to shirt - 395 F degrees, 35 seconds, heavy pressure, let cool 8 — 10 seconds before peeling. If you can see the polymer, let cool a bit longer. What happens: the toner sublimates to the polyester-based polymer of DuraCotton, the image and polymer are transferred to the shirt. For this to work, it is critical that the dye sub toner be PURE - without iron oxide or ‘magnetic dust’. AutoART’s DuraSub is pure color and fantastic on cotton and 50- 50 shirts. Virtually no washout with 50-50 blends (poly-cotton); minor washout with 100% cotton.
Transfer TECHNOLOGY: Todays transfers have ‘soft hands’ (soft to the feel), breathe (no wet spots on the hottest of days), and are durable (color lasts). DuraCotton offers these and more: There is NO LONGER a need to cut closely around an image as the DuraCotton polymer is ‘invisible’ on ALL shirt colors (ash, tan, black, ). AutoART’s DuraCotton transfers high quality images & graphics easily & lasts ‘forever’, when printed with most color photocopiers from Canon, Xerox, Minolta and Ricoh. DuraCotton works best with Canon color copiers.
NOTE: a fix is on its way to overcome the washout problems associated with the regular toner in QMS laser printers. Watch for the latest updates on this breakthrough. The fix is a ‘no cost’ hardware adjustment.
Here’s how to make a regular toner transfer: print DuraCotton paper, using most photocopiers from Canon, Xerox, Minolta, or Ricoh. Pre-heat shirt, heat press to shirt at 375 F degrees, 15 seconds, 3/4 pressure, let cool 3- 5 seconds before peeling. If you can see the polymer, let cool a bit longer. 50-50 blends (poly-cotton) works with virtually no washout; there is minor washout with 100 % cotton.
DuraCotton is a viable, high quality transfer and/or sublimation solution for 100% cotton and 50-50 blends that is priced AutoART affordable.
-No Close Cutting
-Always Dry & Cool
-Rebounds after stretching (no cracking)
-NO residue build-up in your copier / laser printer
-Fewer service calls
When printing the DuraCotton transfer paper, in your printer driver set for thick stock. Print on the shiny side that feels waxy. The back side has printing on it. If the artwork allows, we recommend printing in landscape mode as the transfer will occupy more area of the shirt. If you experience any jamming of the paper in your printer, add paper to the paper tray (about 150 sheets) so the DuraCotton sits up higher in the tray.
Pressing with DuraCotton is easy. Prepress your garment for 4 seconds to eliminate any moisture in the fabric. Place your transfer on the garment and press at 380 degrees with heavy pressure for 12 seconds. Remove the garment from the press and peel after 5 seconds. Pull diagonally across the front in one smooth, fast peel. If you pressed and peeled properly, all of the polymer coating and your Alps ink will be transferred from the paper to the fabric. This is a semi-hot peel. Pressing instructions for DuraCotton printed using a color laser copier are the same.
If you are printing using DuraSub sublimation toner, the pressing instructions are different. For pressing onto 100% cotton or 50/50 T-shirts, you press at 380 degrees for 11 seconds with heavy pressure. Wait 5 - 10 seconds, then peel. With 100% cotton, you will see about a 5% color fade when washed, where the 50/50 T-shirt will show no color fade.
You can wash and dry the garment in your washer/dryer, but make sure to turn the garment so the transfer is on the inside and avoid using bleach. Detergents with bleach in them are also not acceptable. Set the dryer for the medium heat setting, not hot. With Alps ink, there will be no noticeable color fade. With regular toner you will notice a slight fading of the color (5% for 50/50 t-shirts and about 15% for 100% cotton t-shirts, which is why we recommend using 50/50 T-shirts and DuraSub sublimation toner where you will see virtually no fade). The color is still on the shirt, but the cotton fibers have "fluffed through", which is why 100% cotton T-shirts appear to fade more.