Printing on Wood with an Inkjet Printer

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

  1. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    Print on wood with your inkjet? Sounds crazy, but I did it. I’ll show you how. Get a sheet of 1/64 Birch Plywood and trim it so that it’s 8 ½ inches wide. It will then feed fine into my HP 692c printer, so it should work on most brands. The grain goes perpendicular to the feed roll so that the wood can wrap around the roller. I then used my greeting card software to make a sign. The image needs rotated 90 degrees so it lines up correctly with the grain in the wood. Test on paper first to save money on wood. I then made a nice fence from my test image.

  2. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    What about white signs you may ask. I print them on paper and trim it to make a mask. I then spray the wood with flat white spray paint and allow it to dry. I then print and allow extra time for the ink to dry. Here’s the first white backed sign on wood. Next one I would mask with tape, but it’s proof of concept.

  3. Chessie6459

    Chessie6459 Gauge Oldtimer

    That is a really cool idea Fred. But what ever made you try this? The signs turned our great and you can really read them. Great Work :thumb: :thumb:
  4. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    One heck of a job there Fred. Great looking fence and signs. I would'nt of had the nerve to put wood thru my printer but you proved it possible. Great job'

    Ron :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
  5. CharlesH.

    CharlesH. Member

    There's something to be tried, great job! now, if only we could do the same on styrene brick sheet....
  6. Tyson Rayles

    Tyson Rayles Active Member

    Wow! You are braver (or richer :D ) than I am!
  7. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    The 1/64 wood is more flexible than some of the cardstock I print on, so I wasn't really worried about the printer. Those old HPs are cheap in the used computer stores anyway. I sell them for $10 without ink as it's the ink that is costly. Charles H, styrene brick eh? I accept your challange. brb...


    Printed on Plastistruct plastic brick sheet using the white paint method. :D Fred
  8. TomPM

    TomPM Another Fried Egg Fan

    WOW! Great idea, Fred!
  9. Matthyro

    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

    Innovative Fred. What next can we expect from your imagination. Very nice and thanks for the how to.
  10. Will_annand

    Will_annand Active Member

    Wow, now this deserves more looking into..... Trust you to come up with something new.

    Thanks for the tips Fred.
  11. CharlesH.

    CharlesH. Member

    Heh he he, nifty wall!
  12. jetrock

    jetrock Member

    Neat! The possibilities are most intriguing...
  13. Gary Pfeil

    Gary Pfeil Active Member

    That's very cool Fred!!!!

  14. spitfire

    spitfire Active Member

    That's fantastic Fred - great idea!!!! I'm going to have to try it with the brick sheet. And an added bonus is that the "paint" looks like it's already faded and weathered! Tooo Cool!!!!! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

  15. rksstl

    rksstl Member

    I agree with Val that is waaaaay too cool. :cool: Good job Fred.
  16. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    So even though I have like 10 projects in various states of completion (not counting the never to be done layout) I jumped ahead tonight and started another. I printer the sign filler for a storefront to go on the river of my new layout. The fish I got at Hobby Lobby for a buck US. Thought that was a heck of a deal. Them Chineese painter sure do good painting for their part of a buck is all I can say. I wouldn't spay it white for what they make. Fred

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  17. Wyomingite

    Wyomingite Member

    Great job there Dash. Thats neet'

    Ron :thumb:
  18. jmarksbery

    jmarksbery Active Member

    :thumb: :wave: Hi Fred. Great idea and it looks great but I have one question, I tried it on a sheet of plain styrene OK, but the ink never seemed to dry. I used the photo setting for the printer which is the best. Did I use the wrong setting or did I not give the thing enough time to dry? It looked great though!!! If it would work for me I don't think I would ever paint another scratch build. Hehehe :eek: :eek: Jim
  19. Fred_M

    Fred_M Guest

    I printed on a flat white paint patch on the styrene. You are right, it will not dry and/or stick to bare styrene, the white paint gives it something to bite into. You might try spraying it with dullcoat first before printing if you don't wish a white backing. Fred
  20. CalFlash

    CalFlash Member

    inkjet printing

    I have successfully used a copy machine to print on unpainted white styrene but that was just black.

    I'm especially intreagued by this technique as I want to do a barn with an aged Mail Pouch ad painted on and I think this may be the way to go. :thumb:

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