Another way to protect your surface

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non-proofgrade

#1

I’ve been using many non-PG materials to test the capabilities of my GF (I save the PG when I have a final design). My solution to eliminate surface scorch on a budget was to use tracing paper (full pad was only $4) and some Aleen’s repositionable tacky spray (pictured). You only need a super light coat (single pass) and it holds. This stuff has worked very well, as I can remove the remnants as easily as the PG materials and does a fine job at scorch prevention. Hope you find this useful.

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#2

Could you name the tracing paper pad ?
I don’t need nursemaiding, but your success just might be the particular combination you used !
John


#3

I thoroughly enjoy your presence here. Just thought I’d let you know.


#4

:upside_down_face::blush::upside_down_face:


#5

Everyone with a glowforge should be buying a roll of thise honestly https://www.johnsonplastics.com/tapes-fastening-systems/masking-tape/glassguard-12-x-100yd-paper-mask-for-laser-engraving


#6

Or this significantly cheaper but perfectly adequate alternative: https://www.signwarehouse.com/p/enduramask-mht-130-medium-high-tack-transfer-tape-12-in-x-100-yds


#7

So Helpful! Thanks for this tip (and thank you to everyone with follow-on product tips).


#8

Certainly, I just grabbed this. I didn’t really consider my buying options. I might have gone cheapest or the first thing I found. I knew that I wanted a thin sheeting though, tracing paper seemed the correct choice.

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#9

I got a roll of brown kraft paper type masking to use for painting projects. I keep a can of Locktite light duty adhesive and spray it on the kraft paper only. It removes fairly easily. Works best on finished wood or nicely smooth hardwood but not on a rougher, cheaper plywood.


#10

Great tip! Thanks!!