The TheCrafsMan's image transfer method Mk2

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 01-31-2016 08:36 AM 1288 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While I was waiting for the paint on Rockys Workshop to dry I decided to do a quick job for a friend who had just bought a 1964 Holden Ute.
These vehicles are a collectors item these days and pull from AUD20k for an good condition roadworthy one to AUD80k for a top end custom Job.
Holden itself has shut up shop vehicle production wise mainly because of the free trade agreement with asia.

The Materials:
1. An Image I found on the internet then used a PC program to reverse the image, then printed on a laser printer using normal weight paper.

2. A piece of 20mm MDF
3. Water based Wattyl Estapol Xtra clear.
The process:

Clean the timber of dust and any other objects, apply a coat of Estapol, place the image face down remove any air bubbles and let it dry overnight or for a few hours.

Next day or once it is dry using a piece of cotton cloth dampen it and the paper and carefully rub away the paper.
Leave it to dry and then check that there is no white residue on the image, if there is again dampen it and rub it off.

You will end up with the following result.

A side view

Next is a surface coat of the same Estapol and edging to suit your needs.
Note: Keep your fingernails well clear of the image or you may damage it see top L/H on the garage awning a scratch!

Acknowledgements to TheCrafsMan for showing the method.

Post inclusion:-
(Again I forgot the founder of this process KnotCurser)

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 01-31-2016 12:07 PM

Looking good Rob.
I gotta try this one day.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 01-31-2016 01:44 PM

Is Estapol what you guys down there call glue? Or is it some kind of Decoupage fixative?

Came out very well! Might hafta try that myself.

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#3 posted 01-31-2016 04:11 PM

Mod Podge or just white glue?

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#4 posted 01-31-2016 08:15 PM

Estapol is a trade name for poly urethane…
and nicely done mate… I have put all my photo projects on hold for the moment… later maybe…

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#5 posted 01-31-2016 08:34 PM

Ah ha. I see in the materials list it says
. Water based Wattyl Estapol Xtra clear
SO water based poly then !
Thanks !

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#6 posted 01-31-2016 08:53 PM


Looks like a COOL procedure…

It’s nice to know more of how polyurethane can be used… :)

I’d have to go to Kinko’s or somewhere to get a Reversed Color Copy… :(


Thank you!

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#7 posted 01-31-2016 09:57 PM

Thanks for the post, Robert.

Wonder what it would look like on wood with a prominent grain? Would the grain affect the image, or would it look more interesting?

-- Tony, Australia,

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#8 posted 02-01-2016 12:30 PM

Very nice result on this Rob.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 02-02-2016 02:02 AM

Some feed back:

Estapol …addressed by Degoose thank you. ( it may be of interest to check out LJ The TheCrafsMan’s youtube video which incidently looks like was sub contracted out to a puppet!....maybe he got good hourly rates!!

Modge podge is good white glue …....? ...(Franklins Titebond did not work for me)

Image reversal… Joe there may be a application on your PC which will do it. with a Microsoft platform I use paint.

Different Grains: I think Larry (degoose) did some experiments otherwise you may wish to see what LJ Knotcurser has posted.
Otherwise I know Degoose has posted some brilliant Laser images (not quite the same but the effect is there) on various wood grains

Thank you Mike!!

-- Regards Rob

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