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Last Hussar27 May 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

I have no idea where to put this, so if I spam the wrong boards, sorry.

I want to make up markers from MDF bases, with the indicator on (eg broken). I don't want bare MDF etched, I want them to be painted with preferably the text on top. I could hand write, but its about regularity, which I can not do, and the font.

Any ideas how to do this?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP27 May 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

I don't know if it will work on MDF, but I don't know why it wouldn't. You can iron iron-on transfers on to various types of wood, like balsa. Seal it afterward, or it will peel off.

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 3:13 p.m. PST

You could also print detail on a transparency and then glue that onto a painted MDF surface.

Last Hussar27 May 2018 3:46 p.m. PST

Etothepi- similar thoughts turned up with me after I posted, but iron on and waterslide both need inkjet, and I am having to 'borrow' work's laser.

Bashy- interesting. Would there not be a shine?

Personal logo Bashytubits Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 5:01 p.m. PST

It shouldn't be too bad and if it bothers you there is always dullcote.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP27 May 2018 7:25 p.m. PST

I'd suggest printing on regular paper, or else on label paper (peel-n-stick), mount it on the MDF, and cover with Mod-Podge Matte, to seal them. Let it cure a full two weeks, before stacking them on anything. Trust me, Mod-Podge requires a full two weeks to fully cure; prior to that, if you stack anything on top of it, it will stick to the Mod-Podge, ruining the whole. Cheers!

Zephyr127 May 2018 7:37 p.m. PST

I second printing to paper. Printing services usually have a variety of papers you can print to (they can also print your design from a graphics file (eg, jpg, bmp, etc.) so you can get really fancy. ;-)

bsrlee28 May 2018 3:07 a.m. PST

You can use regular laser prints to transfer designs to wood. Just print it out mirrored then use a really hot iron (not one you hope to use m clothes again) and iron the laser print onto the surface. After a few slow swipes the laser 'ink' (plastic beads) will melt and come off on the wood. Supposedly some 'freezer papers' is even better, have a look on YouTube or other DIY sites. Some solvents will also work, by melting the laser ink plastic, but smell, flammability……

TamsinP28 May 2018 4:21 a.m. PST

You can also buy decal paper for laser printers – a quick search on Amazon should find you plenty of choices.

Last Hussar28 May 2018 12:41 p.m. PST

Thanks, I've found the laser decal.

Mad Mecha Guy Sponsoring Member of TMP02 Jun 2018 9:06 a.m. PST

If want them tougher than waterslide transfer, could go with vinyl labels.

1968billsfan Supporting Member of TMP21 Jan 2019 1:48 a.m. PST

print on coloured paper. Rough up MDF a little with sandpaper. (you might also want to paint the MDF with oil based paint) Glue on with minimal white glue. then seal with spray or brush-on varnish.

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