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Can You Sublimate Any Tumbler?

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The answer is yes, We’ll explain what sublimation is and how it works in this article so you can decide for yourself if it’s right for your project.

Yes and no.

Yes, you can sublimate tumbler that has a polymer coating on it. However, not all coated tumblers are made for sublimation. This is because the coating must be heat resistant and cannot be damaged by using an inkjet printer or other similar device that may be used to print out your designs onto the surface of your new cup!

You can sublimate any tumbler that has a polymer coating on it.

If you’re unfamiliar with this term, “sublimation” refers to the process in which heat and pressure transform ink into gas or vapor, which then becomes part of the air. This may sound like magic (and it is!), but there are actually scientific explanations behind how this happens.

Sublimation tumblers aren’t just another type of glassware—they’re made differently than other types of glasses due to their unique materials and manufacturing processes. Most commonly used for printing purposes (like at home), these types of glasses also have an adhesive backing that allows them to stick firmly onto printed images; however, these adhesives can sometimes cause problems when trying print from certain surfaces such as wood or metal.

Not any coated tumbler is made for sublimation.

The answer to your question is no. Not any coated tumbler is made for sublimation. Some people think that because the tumbler was bought at a department store, it must be safe for 20oz sublimation tumbler, but this isn’t always true.

The most common types of plastic used in foodservice containers are PET (polyethylene terephthalate), PPS (polypropylene sulfide) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). These plastics have varying degrees of heat resistance depending on their composition, so if you use one type then there’s a chance that it will melt when exposed to high temperatures like those used during inkjet printing or screen printing processes. This can lead to damage on both sides of your print – either inside its container or outside where it might cause discoloration or even worse: melting!

Polymer coated tumblers are the only kind you can sublimate on.

You can sublimate a tumbler in the following ways:

  • Heat it up to 450°F and let it sit there for 24 hours, or until the glass has melted into liquid form. This will turn your coffee into coffee jelly! (Warning: If you try this method at home, be careful that no one gets hurt.)
  • Pour boiling water into your poured tumbler and wait 2 minutes before trying to pick it up again—you’ll need both hands free so as not to burn yourself on the hot surface! When all is said and done, though… BOOM! Your drink has been transformed into an entirely different substance altogether—one that happens to still be drinkable but unlike any other beverage before it ever existed in this world (or beyond).


So yes, you can sublimate any tumbler. The only downside is that it will not last as long as a polymer coated tumbler. But if you want to get started with sublimation, it’s better than nothing!