In my opinion the best method that I’ve experienced in transferring
designs onto metal in the way you are asking is hands down laser
The reason is because you can accurately transfer the toner by
melting it onto the metal surface. Furthermore, if you order the
specifically made transfer paper and especially the green foil that
you cover the transferred design on the metal, you can get the
precision that photo etching or magnesium plate etching but for super
I recommend PCBFX (google the site). Their transfer paper and the
green foil you should get too are the best I’ve used. You also should
get an Apache laminator if you don’t already have one. It’s the
easiest way to heat and press the design onto the metal. Great laser
printers are only 80 bucks and they are wireless, you can print from
your phone if you want.
I recommend the Brother wireless printers.
I’m sure there are other methods but this way worked the best for
Many people who went with the more expensive photo etching probably
became frustrated with the difficulty of heating and pressing the
toner onto the metal. That is what the 100 dollar tough as a tank
Apache laminator comes in. But you have to pass the metal with your
transfer paper on at least 8 passes to make sure it’s hot enough and
the toner transferred completely.
When I used to try transferring images without the laminator, I had
failures almost every time. With the laminator, I have never had a
failed transfer after 20 or 30 times I’ve used the method.
PCBFX has directions on their website and the owner has emailed me
back when I had a few questions.
Rick in Florida.