I was recently in a discussion with a fellow modder here at BitFix about making a logo for the carrying case of his mod, I suggested an acetone transfer might work, but at the time I had no idea what the process was, so I looked into it more. I found out that its pretty easy and can result in very nice prints.
Here is a simple run through of how to do an acetone print transfer. Also found on my blog.
What you will need:
Pure Acetone (the main ingredient in finger nail polish remover)
Image printed mirrored with a laser printer
Medium to transfer to (cloth, wood, metal, thicker paper)
Something to press with (sort of optional)
Tape to hold the print in place
After you have acquired all of the parts, tape the image in place on the medium, make sure it is secure enough it wont move around.
Now dampen the rag with acetone, not too much acetone though, you want to be able to squeeze it and have no drips. Press the acetone cloth onto the image, make sure that you do this over the entire image and that you don't miss anything, and make sure not to over saturate the paper. Let the paper dry, this should take a few seconds, then repeat this as needed, it may take many times. you can undo some of the tape to reveal the image to ensure it is transferring well.
This next picture is very blurry since I was taking it while rubbing the acetone which dries super fast and I wanted to get a shot of it.
Now you can remove the print from the medium and see your newly transfered image, let me know if you have any questions!
Great guide! The image transferred very well. Not perfect, but gives it a nice "worn" look. Moved your guide into the casemaking section because this could be used as an alternative to decals.
A word of caution when using acetone: this chemical likes to wreak havok on so many different materials. It will strip paint (clearly since it's used in nail polish remover), warp/melt plastic, and can be harmful to the skin. If you're transferring image onto a portable case, it would be best to NOT do it to a painted case. Acetone takes some time to melt plastic, but it's quick on thin materials and will quickly mess up a paint job.
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