I use plastic sheets that WM throws away. They are sign material. Sign on 1 side & white on the other. Go to a sign shop & see if they have any free scraps or buy a 4x4ft sheet & then cut them down.Cool site! I wonder if I could just print it directly onto thin styrene...I know it wouldn't work with an inkjet but I have a color laser printer to work with. Anybody know of convenient 8.5" x 11" styrene sheets?
Cool site! I wonder if I could just print it directly onto thin styrene...I know it wouldn't work with an inkjet but I have a color laser printer to work with. Anybody know of convenient 8.5" x 11" styrene sheets?
You might want to hold off on that, Nate. The heat created by a laser printer will melt any styrene thin enough to print on and then you will have a real mess on your hands.
But, you might try printing to a white decal paper, like Microscale's white trim film or Bare Metal Foil's blank white stock. Then you could apply the decal directly to the styrene substrate. However, you'd want to make sure the styrene model is evenly primed with white paint, because none of these decal films are totally opaque.
I will likely stick with the actual paper itself instead of decals, but the decal option is something you might consider instead of ruining a laser printer.
That sounds like a very scientific approach! I'd like to know the results of your findings on that one, although I don't have access to a color laser printer anymore.I guess the best thing I could do is borrow a temp gun from the shop and see how hot it actually gets in there
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