Decorative Wood Grain Transfers
Decotrans Alu is a dye sublimation film produced by Sublitex S.r.l. in Alba Italy and exclusively distributed in the United States and Canada by Enhancement Technologies, Inc. It is designed for sublimating a printed pattern onto powder coated metals and parts like an aluminum extrusion.
Sublimation Printing on Metal
The process starts with a metal part that has been powder coated with a special, sublimable, polyester or polyurethane powder that can accept the dyes printed on the Decotrans Alu carrier film. The film is then vacuum sealed around the part to hold it in place while part and film go into an oven. Here, the dyes sublimate (vaporize) and get absorbed into the powder layer.
The film is then removed and a plain colored extrusion now takes on the appearance of wood, marble, or anything else that can be printed onto a film carrier.
Before the sublimation coating process begins, it is necessary for any metal parts to be powder coated with a special sublimation powder designed to accept the dyes printed on the Decotrans Alu carrier film. Metal powder coating must be carried out before the dye sublimation for aluminum process; otherwise, the design will not be able to transfer to the metal. Once the metal part has been subjected to sublimation powder coating, the film is vacuum sealed around the part. This will hold the decorative wood grain transfers in place while the part and film go into an oven. Here, the wood grain printing dyes sublimate, going directly from a solid state to a gaseous state, and get absorbed into the sublimation coating layer.
Decorative Wood Grain Transfers
Decotrans Alu film can decorate using sublimation printing equipment with a whole range of different patterns; for example, wood grain printing is a very popular option. After the sublimation powder coating process, these decorative wood grain films can transfer a design to any compatible metal part, bonding the decorative wood grain transfers permanently to the metal. Decotrans Alu film is produced on rotogravure printing equipment under very high tolerances. It is then shipped in 6 foot wide rolls that are 750 meters long and inventoried in the US with same day or next day shipping available.
Decotrans Alu is the best solution for decorating already formed metal parts as the film can cover all of the different curves and intricacies of an extrusion like an aluminum window frame. It is also used in indoor and outdoor aluminum paneling, metal ceilings, outdoor furniture, metal soffits and decks, table tops, metal kitchen cabinetry, fencing, railings, doors, and shutters. In short, just about any powder coated metal can be transformed with Decotrans Alu.
When the powder coated aluminum or other metal part is removed from the oven, the decorative wood grain films are also removed, and the powder coated part now has the appearance of wood grain, marble, or any other design that can be printed onto the Decotrans Alu film carrier. Unlike normal single-color decorative powder coating, Decotrans Alu can give you a complex design on your metal parts that can potentially last a lifetime with proper maintenance.
Sublimation Printing on Metal
Decotrans Alu decorative wood grain films and other designs are produced on rotogravure printing equipment under very exacting tolerances. Once printed, these decorative wood grain films are shipped in 6-foot-wide rolls that are 750 meters long and inventoried in the US with same day or next day shipping available. Using specialized equipment, the designs on these films can be transferred to any metal part that has undergone the special sublimation metal powder coating process. The transferred designs are extremely durable and won’t suffer from runs, drips, cracking, or peeling the way traditional paint does.
Decorative wood grain films are the best solution for decorating pre-formed powder coated aluminum parts. Because powder coated aluminum parts and powder coated metals can take almost any shape, decorative wood grain transfers are the best way to ensure your design will be transferred to every inch of your parts, no matter how intricate. In the past, our films have been used to add designs to aluminum window frames, indoor and outdoor aluminum paneling, metal ceilings, outdoor furniture, powder coated equipment, metal soffits, metal decks, tabletops, metal kitchen cabinetry, fencing, railings, doors, and shutters. In short, all types of powder coated metals can be transformed using Decotrans films.
Powder Coating Sublimation
If you would like to add some visual flair to your powder coated metals or powder coated equipment, Decotrans Alu films from Enhancement Technologies, Inc. are the perfect way to achieve that goal. Creating an aluminum wood grain effect is simple with the power of powder coating and sublimation printing equipment. Dye sublimation of aluminum parts can be achieved after metal powder coating with specialized sublimation powder and it can help you put decorative designs on any metal part you can imagine. The amount of designs to choose from is nearly unlimited, from wood grain to stone to marble and more!
In addition to the Decotrans Alu line of dye sublimation aluminum transfer films, we also offer Texcover Lamination of coiled metal sheets. Unlike Decotrans, where designs like aluminum wood grain are transferred to a special sublimation coating, Texcover designs are bonded to the metal with a heated adhesive. Once the film is attached, the metal sheet can be bent or formed without damaging the image.
To learn more about the many benefits of Decotrans Alu and our other products, please feel free to contact Enhancement Technologies, Inc. by dialing (908) 903-9080, by sending an email to info@EnhanceTech.com or by filling out our online contact form. As the exclusive Sublitex supplier for the United States and Canada, you won’t find these fine Italian prints anywhere else. Don’t settle for mono-color decorative powder coating; give your metal parts the style they deserve with Enhancement Technologies, Inc.!