Does anyone have any recommendations for or experiences using
laminators for applying PnP Blue to sheet metal. I'm looking for
one that would accept metal up to 18 gauge and 8.5" x 11". I'm
looking at this apache brand now.
I’m not familiar with using any type of laminator for adhering PNP.
I do know what works really well for me (and is low cost). Use
masking tape (tiny piece) to adhere the PNP to the sheet metal at
each corner. Set an electric griddle at 300 degrees and allow to
warm up (yup, the one for pancakes- easy to find at garage sales).
Put the metal on the griddle for 90 seconds. During this time,
press/dab/poke/press on the PNP/metal sheet using awadded up paper
towel (one second before moving the paper towel again). Remove the
sheet from the griddle after 90 seconds, cool and carefully pull up
each corner to check adhesion of the PNP. If necessary, return to
the griddle and repeat for areas that don’t “take.” You can also
repair any are as that don’t transfer properly using a tiny Sharpie
marker. Sharpies will survive the etching process.
You didn’t ask, but the most critical FIRST step is metal
preparation. I lightly scrub the metal (silver or copper) with
Barkeeper’s Friend, rinse, clean with Windex brand window cleaner,
rinse, dry, don’t touch surface. Then it’s ready for PNP. The PNP
seems to like a surface that’s not totally smooth.
Haven’t had a failure in ages with this method. BTW, I mostly use
PNP to transfer an intricate design to sheet for piercing. But this
method works fine for etching too.