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What is the best way to decorate a swimsuit?

Answer

Today’s swimsuit for the elite athlete more resembles shark skin than a swimsuit. The garments in between are typically made of polyester performance fabric. These suits provide the ideal comfort for a swimmer and also provide performance enhancements.

Many times, swim wear is decorated via sublimation, but they can also be adorned with vinyl. Today’s thinner vinyl is a great addition to a swimsuit. Use the thinnest vinyl you can cut and find a media that has a very aggressive heat-activated adhesive—either standard color vinyl or solvent-imprinted vinyl.

Let’s not leave out the screen-printing process. Athletic plastisol ink is also suitable to decorate most items in the swim category. Check with your ink supplier for their recommendation on the specific blend or material you are decorating.

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