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Printing on Wood (Transfer Using Acrylic Polyurethane)

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Blog entry by TheCrafsMan posted 10-21-2015 05:07 AM 4583 reads 12 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to share this method because I’ve tried many of the available printing-on-wood techniques, including citrus solvent transfer (don’t use acetone, by the way) as well as Liquitex and Mod Podge.

Acrylic Poly Finish (aka “acrylic polyurethane”, “polycrylic”, etc.) is not only cheaper than the above, but you end up with a cleaner image because it is less prone to rub off during the paper-removal stage, it is clearer, and it dries much faster.

As a bonus, you can use the very same acrylic polyurethane to finish the piece. I generally put at least a few coats over the picture.

Here is a video outlining the simple steps.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lTh4JJyZtA

-- TheCrafsMan



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robscastle

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#1 posted 10-21-2015 06:12 AM

Wait just a minute…..you look like a puppet? so do you really expect me to believe you?

But anyway I think I shall give it a go, I just wont let on to my mates how I found out about the process!!

-- Regards Robert

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#2 posted 10-21-2015 11:34 AM

lol. Love the puppet and the technique and I love your accent.

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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joabraun

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#3 posted 10-21-2015 02:15 PM

Great stuff, keep the crafts coming.

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TheCrafsMan

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#4 posted 10-21-2015 03:41 PM

Thank you all for commenting!

I hope to keep more crafts coming in. Have another video planned soon. :)

-- TheCrafsMan

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#5 posted 10-21-2015 06:40 PM

Nicely done and informative. Thanks.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#6 posted 10-21-2015 08:00 PM

I just came in from the shop, I tried your method and it works better than I suspected.
I have tried the iron on thing and had little success … but your method even works with color laser prints.

Thank you for posting this demo … I look forward to seeing more in the future … love the puppet.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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TheCrafsMan

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#7 posted 10-21-2015 09:31 PM



I just came in from the shop, I tried your method and it works better than I suspected.
I have tried the iron on thing and had little success … but your method even works with color laser prints.

Grumpymike, I’m very glad to hear this!

Out of curiosity, which brand acrylic poly did you use and how long did you give it on drying time?

-- TheCrafsMan

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socrbent

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#8 posted 10-23-2015 11:29 PM

Would the paper type make a difference? My attempt on oak hasn’t been all that great. Some paper is remaining after two attempts to remove and in some spots the toner has peeled off.

-- socrbent Ohio

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TheCrafsMan

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#9 posted 10-23-2015 11:38 PM

socrbent, I’ve found that actually the cheapest/thinnest paper you can get works best. Cardstock would be some of the most difficult to use, as would heavy LB paper. Regular ol’ copy paper has worked for me.

It’s also important to have a fairly smooth surface to apply to, an even spread of acrylic finish, and then to press the paper down against the surface really good.

I’ve mainly used pine and some poplar and walnut. Haven’t done much with oak yet for this, so I’m not sure if it could be a wood thing there. I have applied this to some old barnwood that I selectively sanded, so that you get the design in parts, but some distressing in others, for an aged sign effect.

Hope the next attempt goes better for you!

-- TheCrafsMan

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#10 posted 10-24-2015 09:26 AM

Definitely on my todo list…
very well done video… enjoyed it immensely…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#11 posted 10-24-2015 02:47 PM

Thank you, degoose!

-- TheCrafsMan

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#12 posted 10-24-2015 03:20 PM

I can see that oak might not be the greatest since it has an open grain. Thank you for posting this. I (luckily) have a laser printer and prior experience with transfers have not been very good, but your method using the water based poly is a real winner. I’ll be giving a try very soon.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 10-24-2015 05:03 PM

Just what I’ve been looking for. I’ve tried various other methods. Though, not the Mod Podge or Liquitex because, like you, I don’t like the finished product.
Thank you and keep ‘em coming.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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Dutchy

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#14 posted 10-24-2015 05:45 PM

Have don it with mod podge and wasn,t satisfied with the final result.

So:
Thanks. I,ll gif it a try.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#15 posted 10-24-2015 06:11 PM

Thank you for posting since I have been wanting to do this for years.

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