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Perfect Mug Presses - What you need to do

Pressing mugs can be confusing if we assume they are all pressed the same way with every image. A poor assumption using the same instruction for full bleed as with standard imaging on the mug press will lead to a bad transfer and wasted product. These are errors that will make dips in profit trends.

We have invested well spent time in finding ways to get the perfect result with every mug. Now to let you in on some ways to get you to perfection with pressing all of your 11 oz mugs.

Make sure you have a good mug press, preferably the DK3:

The DK3 has been around for 4 decades and has earned its place in the commercial mug pressing business. Conde has been supplying customers with the GK3 mug press for over a decade and we believe it is the top of the line in mug presses.

Here is why:
The heat element covers more area. The design allows for easy mug placement for various mug sizes, including water bottles, steins and many other cylinder shapes.

Up to 70 presets (for multiple products), a prepress timer and a user menu. Know the difference of what mug you are using:
Conde sells two types of standard 11 oz mugs.
One is MUG11US and the other/s MUG11. You will need to know the press time will vary based on which mug you purchased. Make sure you read the instruction on the product page for each.

Pressing standard images on 11 oz:
Standard images on 11 oz mugs can extend about 1/4 to the top and bottom edges of the mug. The dwell time is about 3.5 mins on MUG11USA and 4.5 mins for MUG11s at 400 degrees with medium pressure. Pro-spray can be used as an alternative to heat tape. Both sold at Conde.

Pressing full bleed mugs:
The full bleed mugs are the most challenging for transfer. The time may increase up to 6 mins due to the coverage area. After all you will be transferring to the maximum area. To get the best result you will need to trim to the borders of the image. Use Pro-spray as an adhesive. Often, wetting the edges of the transfer will help with adhering to the bottom of the mug. Sometimes the very bottom of the mug/s can be more textured or rippled around the outside diameter. Using the thicker padding (1/8" vs. a 1/16th" heat conductive rubber pad located around the heat element) and a little more pressure will help with this.

Intro to the George Knight DK3 Mug Press

Look for more upcoming videos and informative blog entries to be added for successful sublimation and maintaining your Conde DyeSub System. If there is something that you think would be better said in an instructional video or blog posting, then we look forward to hearing your ideas.

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