Printing on Wood with an Inkjet Printer

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Fred_M, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. Fred_M

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    What's nice about the wood method is if you screw it up you can sand it off and start over. The sign above was printed over a sanded off test sign. :) Sanding should also work on styrene screwups. Fred
  2. CalFlash

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    inkjet signs

    How about lightly sanding it and printing ANOTHER (different) one! :thumb:
  3. Fred_M

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    LOL, or save time and print it very pale the first time. Fred
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    Fantastico Amigo!
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    Jim, the photo setting puts the maximum amount of ink, so it probably was a factor in the drying - or lack thereof! :D

    I've printed on clear acetate (for window signs) where dullcoat or sanding is not an option, and although it took 2 days it did eventually dry.

    Val
  6. Fred_M

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    Hi VAl, just an idea, but I have printed in the past on inkjet overhead projector film and it dried right away and was clear. I also think its acetate. One side has some special coating because if you put it through reversed it runs and blurrs. Fred
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    D'oh! Why didn't I think of that!!!!! :oops: :oops:

    Val
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    :wave: Yeah I have done that also, I didn't give a second thought about the dull side of the clear. But hey, I printed a whole side of a building I was scratching and it was beautiful with signs and all. Hell if it had dried I was going to do the whole structure. Hehe haw, oh well, just as good it didn't do right for me I can't afford the ink right now. :oops: :oops: Later guys, Jim
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    I had to use that when I had a presentation I had to give in a class project in college. They make one type for laser printers and one for inkjet. Like Fred said, make sure you use the right side up! :rolleyes:

    Michael
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    That looks good Fred. :thumb: :thumb:
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    Jim, speaking of printing the whole side of a building, I saw a model of a barn online that was done exactly that way. It's a cardboard structure, and all sides and roof are printed, rather than dimensional. I don't know how it would look in person, but the photo of it looks great. And the best part is, if you want to try it, he has the images posted for download.

    After much searching I have finally found the link to the site

    Val
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    Fred, You're printing on wood and styrene and I can't get my printer to print on paper. :curse:
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    Guys I'm wondering if you printed on the "wrong" side and inverted the printing maybe it could be rubbed onto a wooden structure to represent a faded painted sign? Pat
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    Hmmm... I'll give that one a try.
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    This is one of the coolest ideas i've seen in some time...

    i can't wait to get my sheet of 1/64" plywood and try it. Of course there will be he** to pay if my wife is picking splinters out of her color printer next week, but that's the price you pay when your a model railroader, right! Thanks for the great idea...
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    Great idea ! Thanks for sharing, Fred.....

    Bob
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    I'm wondering if this is the answer my cedar shake project. I've been thinking of having a sheet of N Scale shakes etched with a laser but the results of printing them on wood might be similar and certainly a whole lot cheaper. Have to get some thin wood next order.

    Wayne
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    Thanks Fred for the "how" to" using the inkjet. Wonderfullidea that i will try in the future.

    Thanks again for sharing :thumb: :thumb: :wave: