So it looks like trying out a Canon with a test isn't going to be as easy as I thought. The two close Office Depot's have both closed permanently and the next closes doesn't have inventory.
What should my confidence level be that this printer would do direct Acetone transfers? It seems like the consensus is Canon toner transfers directly. I'm tired of fumbling around with the varnish layer process and am ready to grab this with a few votes of confidence.
Figured I'd follow up. Somebody on the Lindsay FB site told me about a $99 mono multi-function Canon that is working well for him. It was store pickup only and only one left amongst all the stores near me, but I got it and it works with acetone. That said, I'm still putting a very thin layer of damar varnish on the material, letting it sit for a few mins and then sticking the paper to it so that the paper doesn't lift off the piece ore move so easily, but I'm happy to say the machine below works.
Canon imageCLASS MF232w
That said, I don't see it offered for $99 anymore but that could be due to my location so it's worth looking to see if it comes up at $99 for you.