3 Ways to Print on Wood


Wondering how to make custom woodwork projects such as gifts, plaques, and signs. You can print to wood through the steps below. However, before starting, you need to acquire the necessary material (depending on your preferred method}.

You will need acetone, foam brush, nitrile gloves, spray lacquer, acid brush, polycyclic and Liquitex gel medium. As for the setup; the ideal size of wood to print on is the 5.25″ by 3.5″ Here are different printing methods

1. Using acetone

Acetone acts as a mode of transfer of the toner to wood. You will need acetone, nitrile gloves, and paper towel. Be cautious with acetone, and ensure you read all the instructions before using it.

Lay the print out on wood, and use creased paper at the edges to hold the copy out in place. Dip a towel in acetone, soak the paper and firmly press it down. After several passes, the toner will be fully transferred into the wood.

2. Using a clothes iron

Like the previous step, put the paper and crease at the edges. Now iron the paper, and ensure it sticks in place. For better results, the heat should be high.

While this is a cheap method, if your iron is light and not hot enough, you could get poor image quality. Besides, there are slight chances you might burn yourself.

3. Using polycrylic

Polycrylic is a water-based polyurethane. Besides polycrylic, you will need an acid brush, water, and a stiff toothbrush to print to wood. Using the acid brush, brush on some polycyclic to get a thin film.

Press your paper on the brushed surface and smooth it out to get rid of any air bubbles. Let it dry and check on it after an hour. On drying, wet the back then peel off.

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