Copy machine toner uses?

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by sdduckguy, May 10, 2006.

  1. sdduckguy

    sdduckguy New Member


    Has anyone ever used photocopy machine toner for weathering. I seem to always spill the stuff at work and make a mess, got me to thinking if it would be good to weather with? Either to use it as a powder like caulk dust or in 70% alcohol as a wash. Anyone ever tried it?

    Inquiring minds what to know.
  2. jim currie

    jim currie Active Member

    i use brake dust from trucks like that don't see why it wouldent work.
  3. Marxed

    Marxed Member

    toner most likely would most likely be a bit more pricey than other methods
  4. Jac's Lines

    Jac's Lines Member

    Aside from price and the lack of color choices, I think there are probably practical reasons not to use toner. Since toner is a microscopic plastic product that is statically charged and bonds under heat, I suspect you would unleash a world of trouble with it gumming up the running mechanisms of your engines. Just look at the rollers in a laser printer and the ways that the electric motors are heavily shielded from the print area. I'm not sure how toxic it is, but the warning on my HP Laser Jet 4 toner box says you shouldn't breathe it in. I don't think I'd want it floating around my basement, unless it cancels out the radon.... :D
  5. 60103

    60103 Pooh Bah

    Toner is horrible stuff that shouldn't be allowed out in public. We had to buy a special vacuum cleaner with very fine filters for picking up toner spills as it would go right through regular filters.
  6. sdduckguy

    sdduckguy New Member


    Thanks for the info. Guess it wasn't such a great idea anyhow. I'll have to be direct my efforts elsewhere to be a cheapskate (fiscally prudent)!!! haha

    BLVDBUZZARD New Member

    When I worked for XEROX, I hated the toner. It would get every where you did not want it and was real hard to get it where you did want it. If you where able to get it for free and used lots of dull coat to seal it in place, apllied it outside, it might work. But for all of the trouble, black chalk works better.

    The most extreme use I ran into was at a bakery. They would copy a design to rice paper, cut the design out and then spay a little water on the rice paper to melt it. That would leave the black lines of the design on the side of cakes. They would use that to make the high dollar wedding cakes. The toner in question was plastic and "NON TOXIC" You should not breath the powder because it will clog you lungs.


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