Toner Transfer Paper
Toner Transfer Paper is our universal media to get your images out of your laser printer or conventional photo-copier. If you don't have a laser printer, print your graphic on white paper on your inkjet printer, then reproduce onto the transfer paper using any standard photo-copier.
Size: 8-1/2" x 11, 10-sheets in resealable package to keep the proper moisture level in the paper. (Two packages included in the DecalProFX Starter kit)
NOTE: Brother® brand printers are not recommended due to incompatible toner. They switched over to a very high temp type toner that does not use conventional Styrene plastic in their unique toner formula.
We also have other unique special tricks for this transfer media, shown in the menu above: "MISCELLANEOUS > Cool Stuff". See our general use and handling notes below.
General Use, Handling and Notes
IMAGES & MASKS:
An IMAGE is a design that will stand on it’s own like a decal or a temporary tattoo. A MASK on the other hand acts like a photographic negative. It’s a two-step process. Step #1 is to transfer the image onto the metal or glass surface via heat to make the toner image stick to the target surface. Its sole purpose is to protect the area directly beneath it. Step #2 is to wet the surface with an acid (referred to as an “etchant”) to chemically dissolve all unprotected surface area. Simply put, you “mask off” what you want to keep - everything else goes. A mask is also referred to as an “etch resist pattern”, (as in the case of making a printed circuit board where all exposed copper is removed around the circuit image.) Notice there is a slight sheen on one side of the paper. Print on this side only! The water release coating on this paper is non-toxic, non-sticky, heat-proof and safe for use on all toner-based printers.
HOW TO HANDLE THIS PAPER:
There are 3 precautions when using this paper:
1) Print only on the shiny side
2) Handle this paper by the edges with dry hands
3) Keep the bag closed to prevent moisture loss
This paper will lie flat at about 70% Relative Humidity. Because the paper can give off its own moisture very quickly, keep the paper inside the resealable envelope until ready for use. Notice that after the paper has been run through your printer, it will have a slight curl. This is due to the hot fuser rollers removing some of the paper’s moisture. It is normal to experience some paper curling after printing.
METHODS FOR TRANSFERRING TONER IMAGES:
• The FUSING Technique... The objective is to make a toner image stick to the intended location without using any glue or additive to make it stick. With the application of heat for a period of time with pressure, the toner will become tacky and stick very well to whatever it is touching; a process called “fusing”. This method is used when we want to put a “mask” on a metal surface to etch a printed circuit board or “chemically mill” a piece of brass shim.
• The CARRIER Technique... The objective here is to transfer an image without using any heat. Instead, an external “carrier” is used to hold the image together when it is transferred off the paper and onto the work piece. This technique enables you to transfer images onto materials that would not otherwise be able to withstand the heat from the “fusing” technique.
I DON’T HAVE A COLOR PRINTER!
Print your color image to regular paper on your ink-jet printer and make a quick trip down to your local “copy” house where you can use their color copiers to duplicate the image directly to a sheet of our TTP paper. If they have a problem with you using this paper in their copiers please ask them to read the “TTP Safety Certification” statement on the rear of this product. If after reading this certification they still resist, you’ll need to seek out a different copy shop.
ECONOMIZE ON PAPER USAGE:
This trick will enable you to run very small pieces of TTP paper through any printer. This is an especially important trick because many copiers require a full size sheet of paper, which would be very wasteful if you only need a very small image printed. You can easily make a “carrier sheet” with a regular piece of paper that will hold a very small piece of TTS paper in the correct place to be printed onto. First print your image on a regular sheet of paper. Cut a small piece of TTP paper about 1/2” larger than the size of the printed image. Lay the TTP paper shiny side up, directly over the printed image and using an Avery laser-type label, affix the “top” edge of the small TTP paper to the carrier sheet. (“Top” means the edge of the carrier sheet that will be inserted into the printer). Set the printer for “manual feed” and print again. If this carrier-sheet jams, the total paper thickness is too great. Cut out the image and insert the small piece of TTP paper into the opening, hinge it at the top like a doggy-door and print again.
WHY CAN’T I USE MY INK-JET PRINTER?
This paper works only with toner-based printers because toner is waterproof and will become sticky when heated. Both of these properties are required when making decals and masks for etching. You can, however, use your ink jet to print the master artwork and then use a copier to make a toner-based duplicate onto this transfer paper.
WHAT IS TONER?
There are only two types of “ink” used in our printing devices; liquid ink - used in all “inkjet” printers and a very fine powder material called toner - used in all photo-copiers and laser printers. Toner has two unique properties: toner becomes sticky when heated, and toner images are water-proof because it’s primarily made from pulverized plastic and iron oxide!
PHOTO-COPIER (Setup & Test)
If you are planning on using a commercial copier, keep in mind that not all copiers are maintained the same and that their output can range from acceptable to total garbage. Perform the following tests with regular paper!
Test #1: With nothing on the glass, close the lid and print several times, increasing the contrast control until the paper begins to show a light gray.
Test #2: Open the lid and leave it open. Print again to a new piece of regular paper. The page should come out solid black. Hold it up to a strong light. It will look a bit porous, however, it should have a very even black tone running down the entire page. If it didn’t, go test another copier. Place your artwork on the glass and print again. Ensure you aren’t getting too dark of an image. (NOTE: Briefcase-size “personal” copiers perform extremely well at reproducing ink jet original artwork into dense images onto this TTP paper. Something to consider if you’re making a lot of trips to the copy shop.)
LASER PRINTER (Setup & Test)
All printers have a “density” control but may be hard to find. The term “density” is not shared by all manufacturers and the control may be nested deep within preference files or not present at all, in which case you may have to contact the manufacturer to locate. If you can’t find your density control, jump down to the next block then come back here to perform this density test.
Open any graphics program, draw a box the size of your paper, fill it with black and print on regular paper. Turn off all “economy” printing modes. You want to print as dark of an image as possible. Set the print “density” to max and print the page. The page should appear solid black. Hold it up to a bright light disregarding the fact that it really isn’t “solid black”. It should, however, have a very even black tone running down the entire page. If you see wide horizontal bands across the page in a repeating pattern down the page, this indicates the imaging “drum” is worn out and needs to be replaced.