PolySatin is a 2-Part, Water-Based, Sublimation Coating for Ceramic Mugs, Tile, Glass, Stone, and Wood.
This 1/2 Gallon (64-ounce) bottle will coat approximately 960 coffee mugs or 260 square feet
PolySatin is a "glass-like" coating that can be applied with common household tools, with easy soap & water clean-up, and without toxic fumes. PolySatin is formulated to "match" the satin finish of a typical coffee mug and provides a hard, scratch-resistant, semi-gloss finish over coffee mugs, ceramic tile, glass, stone, and wood.
Step 1: Add 1 ml of catalyst per ounce of Poly. Stir thoroughly and let mixture settle for a few minutes. Mixture can also be thinned with up to 10% water. Mixture has an 18-hour pot-life, but can be re-catalyzed by adding 1 ml of catalyst to each ounce of remaining mixture.
Step 2: Clean surface with Dawn dish soap or degreaser/solvent like Simple Green: Crystal, Valspar Aqua Clean, or Xylol to remove any oil, wax, or silicone left on substrate during the manufacturing process. Not all substrates will need to be cleaned, but if you are having a hard time getting the coating to cover the entire surface smoothly without “craters” or deep brush stokes, then cleaning is necessary.
Step 3: Apply thin, even coat of PolySatin mixture with foam brush, fine-bristled brush, LVLP (low volume, low pressure) or gravity-feed sprayer like the one pictured below.
Step 4: Once dry, cure substrate in oven for 15 minutes at 325F. If the sublimation paper sticks, increase the cure time by 1 minute intervals until the paper no longer sticks.
Step 5: Press with light to medium pressure at 400F. Dwell times vary according to substrate and method. When pressing ceramic tiles face-down over foam padding, press for 8 minutes at 400F. When pressing tiles face-up, press for 4 minutes at 400F. You’ll know you’ve reached the optimal dwell time when nearly all the ink on your paper is “gone.”
Sticky paper is the most common challenge when coating substrates. Here are a few common reasons for sticky paper:
Not enough dwell time: The dye sub ink needs time to fully transfer from the paper to the Poly coating otherwise the “wet” ink will hang onto the paper. Increase your dwell time by 1 minute to see if you get better results. If not, move on to the other possible causes listed below.
Coating too thick: Coating needs to be paper-thin, add water if coating is too thick (2 to 3 ml of water per ounce of mixture).
Not enough cure time: coating should be dry before curing, otherwise the cure time is actually “drying” time. Increase the cure time by 5 minutes if necessary.
UV Protection: When creating outdoor art, spray on a UV-Resistant Clear Acrylic Coating over your sublimated image after you substrate has cooled. We use Krylon UV-Resistant aerosol spray available at craft and hardware stores.
Coated substrates have no expiration date. In other words, you can coat a mug today and wait 'til next year to sublimate the mug.
Sublimated substrates are microwave and dishwasher safe.
WARNING: Wear face mask & eye protection if using a sprayer
Here's an example of a PolySatin sublimated tile
PolySatin can be applied to porous substrates like wood straight out of the bottle or in combination with the catalyst. We have found that the addition of the catalyst creates a much harder surface, eliminates sticky paper problems, and produces a far superior end product. When using the catalyst, follow the same directions listed above.
We sell our PolySatin as a kit and you will receive the following items in your kit to help you get started coating your own products.
- 64 oz. Bottle of PolySatin
- Measuring Cup
~All DyePress Products are Manufactured in Scottsdale, Arizona~
If you are interested in ordering larger quantities, we offer the following discounted prices:
1 gallon = $140
5+ gallons = $135 per gallon
International Buyers – Please Note:
Import duties, taxes, and charges are not included in the item price or shipping cost. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to bidding or buying. Shipping insurance is included in the shipping charges. If your package is lost or damaged in shipping you will receive a new shipment or full refund whichever your prefer.
Check out our new PolyGloss video demonstration on youtube: The application process is the same for PolySatin. The main difference is PolySatin provides a semi-gloss finish rather than high-gloss.