Hi Glowforgers! It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything, but I recently finished a small project that made me think I’d ask fellow enthusiasts how they’ve solved what may be a ‘common’ problem? As you can see from the photos, I laser etched a circuit diagram into the top of the case. At first, I tried doing this with the paper off, but that lead to some spurious burn marks and vapor deposition that didn’t look perfect (I’m a bit of a perfectionist…). I really didn’t want to peel all the pieces of paper off, but I eventually went that route and gave the acrylic a good clean with some neat IPA (no, not the beer… ) using a lint free cloth and it came out very nicely. Has anyone come up with an easy method of soaking off the paper on a finished, complicated engraving on paper covered acrylic?
I have found that my engraves are better without the masking, and then just clean the surface of the acrylic after. But that was because I was doing some detailed engraving where I was losing some of the finer details when the masking was removed.
But I have not witnessed burning, just residue-dust that has needed to be cleaned up afterward.
If I am doing a vector engrave, If I do a light score first I can remove the masking just where the engraving will be anyway, If it is an Image engrave It will have a cut out vector and I score with that and reveal only where the engrave will be.