How to Sublimate on Wood – Easy & Effective Steps!

Today here, you will read about the sublimation process on a very exciting object-sublimation on wood. But the question is how to sublimate on wood.

This will be a surely super fantastic experience to sublimate the wood surface. Generally, people sublimate on different materials like fabric, shirts, and ceramic. Here we will be sharing something unique.

How to Sublimate on Wood

In this guide, certainly, you are going to learn the best way to sublimate on the wood.

No doubt, you can use different types of wooden material like MDF, real wood, or clipboard as well for sublimation, but the results may vary because of surface type.

However, start learning and find the best way to sublimate on wood.

How to Sublimate on Wood?

For the sublimation on the wood, you need some materials and equipment:

  • Sublimation Printer
  • Protective paper
  • Heat press
  • Sublimation paper and sublimation ink
  • Laminating sheets
  • Polycrylic
  • White paint
  • Craft knife
  • Paintbrush
  • Heat resistance tap and gloves
  • Wood surface

Follow the given steps for sublimation on wood:

sublimate on wood

Step #1

In the first step, you need sublimation printouts. You can do it by yourself by using any design software, or you can download and purchase it online from a website like Etsy.

So, take out the print of any special and stylish design of your choice to make your wood article more attractive.

Step #2

Now take the wood blank, it’s your choice to select the shape and size of the wood for sublimation, but it’s better to take small pieces for testing.

The result of the sublimation depends on wood type, so the real wood or laminating surface wood gives you different results.

Step #3

Now take the laminating sheet, which is shiny from one side, and another side is matt. Then, cut the limiting sheet according to the size of the wood blank, and cover the wood from the matt side.

Then, cut the protective paper to cover the wood blank, and now you can melt the laminating sheet by heat press.

Step #4

Now keep the wood blank with the laminating sheet inside the protective paper and then press the wood at 350 to 375˚ temperature for 10 to 15 seconds.

step# 4

After pressing the wood blank, the laminating sheet will melt and will stick to the wood. Now remove the paper from the wood blank and see the result.

Step #5

Now you have a wood piece with laminating sheet on top. Then trim all sides to cut all excess laminating sheets from edges for finishing.

Step #6

In this step, put the laminated wood piece on the sublimation printing paper, and the laminating shining side should be a downside to face the printing paper.

By using heat resistant tap, fix the wood piece properly. Now take a protective paper and keep the wood blank with sublimation paper inside the protective paper and go for heat press.

Step #7

At last, set the heat press at 350˚ to 400˚ temperature, and the time is 60 to 90 seconds (it depends on which wood type you are using); make sure to keep the sublimation paper upside when you start pressing.

When the time is over, use heat-resistant gloves to remove the tap and sheet, then check the result. Finally, your wood piece is ready with a unique design and colors of sublimation.


Here, we will summarize all key points; sublimation on wood will be an interesting and super cool experience for you.

And after knowing the above easy steps, it becomes easier to sublimate on wood. So take different types of wood and sizes and try it today.

Finally, you got the answer to the question of how to sublimate on wood.

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