A working Brother printer transfer method

rweigel

Elite Cafe Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2017
Messages
147
Location
France (north of Alsace, close to Germany)
I’ve finally found a transfer method that works with my Brother laser printer. Brother’s laser toner is notorius for unreliable aceton or Dammar transfers. The advantages of my method are: no printer or toner modification, no expensive transfer paper or plastic sheet, no paper fibers left on the workpiece.

1. I print my design mirrored on A4 paper. I usually limit the design to A6 size.

2. I tape a piece of sandwich paper over the print (in German “Butterbrotpapier”, a paper to wrap sandwiches, very cheap, smooth, grease-tight, NO silicon involved). The sandwich paper shrinks slightly when it passes trough the fixing unit, therefore I use a piece not much bigger than the design to minimize warping. I use painters masking tape (paper backing, no plastic) to hold the sandwich paper in place. It was lying on my desk, it worked, no further reason for selecting it. Plastic backed tapes sometimes melt in the fixing unit.

3. I print the design again on the same sheet in the same direction.

4. I carefully remove the masking tape.

5. I paint the workpiece with Dammar solution (with some white oil paint mixed in to enhance contrast an reduce glare)

6. Once the Dammar is dried (some minutes), I put the printout on the sandwich paper printed-side down on the workpice and rub the back of the paper with a piece of hard plastic. Old credit card works, I use plastic spoons from our local icecream shop.

7. While holding the rest of the paper down with my left hand, I lift one corner of the paper and have a look at the transfer. If it’s OK, I remove the paper. If some lines are not perfect, I put the paper back down and rub the lines in question again with the plastic spoon. Then I remove the paper. The transfer is done.

Glue the piece to a wood block with hot melt anf a hot air gun, the heat involved fixes the Dammar with the laser toner at the same time.

Some of the Why’s:

The Sandwich paper is to flimsy and to slippery for the printers transport mechanism, it jams the printer. Hence the support with a 80g/m2 A4 sheet. The same measure was proposed for baking paper in other threads, it works well.

Why not using baking paper? Transfer was unreliable, it warps a lot in the fixing unit. I tried „better“ or „higher quality“ baking paper, presumably silicon coated. It did not take the toner at all, I had to remove the fixing unit and clean it.

Brother toner is wax and polypropylene based. I was attracted by the „grease tight“ quality of the sandwich paper, presuming that the laser toner would not penetrate it‘s surface. Seems I made a lucky guess…


Good luck repeating the procedure, cheers,

Ralf
 

Attachments

  • 13A8763D-10EB-4A34-A6CA-BE8D299CF2AF.jpeg
    13A8763D-10EB-4A34-A6CA-BE8D299CF2AF.jpeg
    114.3 KB · Views: 35
  • 10466947-5D26-431C-9C7C-DC58B57B5FBE.jpeg
    10466947-5D26-431C-9C7C-DC58B57B5FBE.jpeg
    110.5 KB · Views: 35

T.G.III

:::Pledge Member:::
::::Pledge Member::::
Joined
Jul 25, 2009
Messages
249
Location
Oregon
If you take a gander through some of my older postings you'll see that I've been touting it for some years now.
 

monk

Moderator
Staff member
::::Pledge Member::::
Joined
Feb 11, 2007
Messages
10,520
Location
washington, pa
the "sandwich paper" we have around here would likely set the printer on fire !
 

rweigel

Elite Cafe Member
Joined
Dec 22, 2017
Messages
147
Location
France (north of Alsace, close to Germany)
Hi Monk,

that‘s the problem with recipes from other continents, the brands of stuff we put to an unintended use are hardly comparable… But I know of some european readers in the Café, maybe it helps them.

The paper roll in the attached picture maesures 28 cm x 16 m, did cost about 1 Euro and will keep me in transfers for many years.

Cheers

Ralf
 

Attachments

  • 24E08E02-D4B9-4E81-89E4-3E5A636BEFB1.jpeg
    24E08E02-D4B9-4E81-89E4-3E5A636BEFB1.jpeg
    49.7 KB · Views: 16

AllenClapp

:::Pledge Member:::
::::Pledge Member::::
Joined
Aug 7, 2019
Messages
273
Location
Raleigh, NC
RE: the use of aftermarket toner, I tried that a few years ago in several Brother printers and it was a disaster. The toner leaked out and screwed up prints. I had to completely clean all of the printers. Be aware that this can happen to you if you use something other than the Brother toner. The particular toner was recommended as a cost saver by a major office supplier, but it worked badly in our printers. It did not kill the printers. they are still working fine, but they were a mess to clean.
 

T.G.III

:::Pledge Member:::
::::Pledge Member::::
Joined
Jul 25, 2009
Messages
249
Location
Oregon
RE: the use of aftermarket toner, I tried that a few years ago in several Brother printers and it was a disaster. The toner leaked out and screwed up prints. I had to completely clean all of the printers. Be aware that this can happen to you if you use something other than the Brother toner. The particular toner was recommended as a cost saver by a major office supplier, but it worked badly in our printers. It did not kill the printers. they are still working fine, but they were a mess to clean.
Interesting, have had zero issues like you are describing
 

AllenClapp

:::Pledge Member:::
::::Pledge Member::::
Joined
Aug 7, 2019
Messages
273
Location
Raleigh, NC
Interesting, have had zero issues like you are describing
You may want to mention what aftermarket toner you are successfully using with Brother printers. Unfortunately, it has been so long ago that I cannot say which aftermarket toner gave me the problems.
 

Latest posts

Sponsors

Top