Kodak Professional Ektatherm XtraLife Media
an image that is printed on
Kodak Professional Ektatherm XLS
XtraLife Media because the laminate interferes
with the adhesion to the mug.
Do not use a mug that has physical defects,
cracks, or coating non-uniformity.
Make sure that the print image to be transferred to the
mug "mirrors" the subject.
If the mug press applies a medium pressure, average transfer
time is 3 to 3.5 minutes.
Place the print face down on the mug
and secure it with thermally resistant tape. Place the tape on opposite
ends of the print.
Place a piece of bond paper on top of the print and secure
it with thermally resistant tape. This protects the mug press blanket.
Set the mug press temperature to 375°F (191°C).
Wait for the press to reach this temperature.
Slide the mug into the mug press and apply pressure.
After 1.5 minutes, remove the mug from the mug press.
Warning: Use oven mitts -- the mug will be hot!
While the mug is hot, remove any trapped air from under
the print. Apply pressure at the middle of the print and move outward
toward the edges.
Slide the mug into the mug press and heat for an additional
1.5 to 2 minutes.
Remove the mug from the mug press.
Allow the mug to air cool at room temperature.
Note: Mugs cooled by water show a 20-30% density loss
and a red color shift in the transferred image.
When the mug is cool, remove the tape.
Tips to Achieve Optimum Results
The transfer process depends on the mug press used. To achieve
If the transferred image shows low density,
increase the transfer time and temperature by small increments.
To avoid a density loss or a red color shift in the transferred
image, do not increase the transfer time and temperature beyond
the optimum time (3 to 3.5 minutes).
If the receiver blisters following retransfer, try one
or all of the following:
When optimum pressure is achieved, the image density will
not increase with additional pressure. Do not overtighten the mug
For best results, we recommend you use high-quality, ceramic
mugs. Our testing showed good results from the following supplier:
RPL Supplies, Inc.
141 Lanza Ave, Bldg 3A
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