How to use the Galaxy Mug Press

Customizing mugs is a great add on to a custom t-shirt business!   

And with the Galaxy Mug press from Colman and Company, you can get started for less than you might think.  

You can check out the Galaxy Mug Pro Heat Press right here before you read on. 

But first, let’s talk about… 

Wholesale Sublimation Mugs

Metallic Gold Sublimation Mugs
Two -Tone Sublimation Mugs

As you can see – there’s lots of profit to be made when you can start with wholesale pricing like these.  

Remember, not every blank mug will work. You’ll need blank sublimation mugs like you see above.  

Today we’ll be walking you through the basics of the Mug Pro Press and then we’ll get into how to sublimate a mug using this machine. 

Let’s get started with how to adjust the temperature. 

How to use a Mug Press for Sublimation


This mug press has two settings for the temperature, Temperature 1 and Temperature 2.

Temperature 1 is what’s known as the preheat temperature. This is going to be set the same or around the same temperature as the second setting.

To set temperature 1, start by pressing the “Set” key on your press. Use the arrows to increase or decrease until you reach your desired temperature.

Once you have reached that number, press “Set.” This will now take you to temperature 2.

Temperature 2 is the printing temperature.

The same instructions for temperature 1 apply for the second as well. We recommend setting both temperatures the same.

Once you’ve set your second temperature, you will see the time setting pop up on the machine’s screen.

Let’s get into how to properly adjust that.


After both temperatures are set, you will notice that the time setting will start blinking on the screen of the mug press.

Use the arrows to increase or decrease your time and press the “set” key.

This will ensure that the time you entered will start counting down once both temperatures are reached and the mug is placed inside of the press.

After this is done, the mug press will begin to heat up and display “heating” on the screen. Once the Mug Pro has reached the desired temperature, the message will change from “heating” to “ready.”

Now, it’s time to calibrate your pressure.


Ensuring the correct pressure is key when sublimating mugs.

To set your pressure, use the knob that is attached to the handle of the mug press. By turning the knob to the left, you are decreasing the amount of pressure. Turning the knob to the right will increase the pressure.

Screw the bolt securely to the knob to ensure that it stays in place.

This mug press doesn’t have a pressure read out so it’s important to practice and get a feel of the amount of pressure you’ll need before starting.


The last number you will see displayed on the mug press screen is used to count how many mugs you have pressed.

After each mug has been pressed, the number will increase until you have finished the amount of mugs you need to customize.

This is a great feature that will help you keep track of your business’s production.

Now that you have an overview of how the Galaxy Mug Press works, let’s talk about how to sublimate a mug.

How to sublimate a mug using the Galaxy Mug Press

Sublimation is a quick and easy process with a low learning curve.  

When working with sublimation, you can expect to produce full color designs, logos and graphics that can be applied to polyester garments and hard surface items.  

If you’re looking for a sublimation printer, we recommend the Sawgrass Virtuoso SG1000, however, any sublimation printer will work.  

To get started, you’ll need a few tools and supplies aside from a sublimation printer and the mug press.   

A great thing to note is that sublimation supplies are low-cost, affordable items.

Let’s go through the steps of how to sublimate a mug with this mug press.

1. Print a design, graphic, logo or photograph on sublimation paper.

2. Using heat tape, secure the transfer on the mug.

3. Enter the mug into the Galaxy Mug Press holding the handle to ensure the mug doesn’t break.

4. Remove the mug from the press and carefully rip the transfer off.

5. Now your mug is complete!

Note: After you place the mug into the press, the temperature will decrease. This is because you have placed a cold mug inside of the press.

However, it will increase back to the printing temperature and the timer will start.

As you may have noticed from these simple steps and instructions, sublimating mugs with the Galaxy Mug Press is quick, easy and affordable!

If you want to learn more about the Galaxy Mug Press or about sublimation, feel free to call (855)348- 4839 and live chat with one of our pros.