Masking paper?


#1

Does anyone know what the paper is called that comes on the proof grade wood? The paper that u peel off once you have lasered to avoid scorch marks?

Also, any idea where we can buy this paper to apply to wood?


#2

Transfer paper.

The most commonly used here is Transferrite. A search for that should pull up a ton of info along with places to buy it.


#3

I switched to perfecttear, and I think I prefer it. Ymmv.


#4

I’ve had my ‘forge for about a year now. I’ve always used 2" regular ol’ beige masking tape. May I recommend that you give it a try? I think you’ll be very happy with the results.

Only thing you need to be careful of is to not leave a gap between tape strips and, conversely, have no overlap. (Which is going to be true no matter what masking you use.)


#5

^^This


#6

The one I use is from Expressions Vinyl, their paper tape in 12"x100’ rolls was about $20.


#7

Do you typically use the low tac? Transferite 6560 or a different one.


#8

I use this:

https://www.signwarehouse.com/c/enduramask-mht-130-medium-high-tack-transfer-tape

It says MHT, but, I dunno… I can apply it to photo paper and it releases without damage. But, it’s also tacky enough to apply and stay adhered to baltic birch without lifting.


#9

https://community.glowforge.com/t/use-vinyl-transfer-paper-as-masking-for-non-proofgrade-materials


#10

Thanks!


#11

The 582-U and the 592-U are what TransfeRite specifically designate as “Laser Masking” material.


#12

Is this it?


#13

Nope. Three main differences that I can see:

  • The one you linked to is high-tack. The one I have is medium-tack.

  • Mine says “Nekoosa” brand, I wonder if Nekoosa got sold or something.

  • My roll is 12" width.

Mine: https://www.signwarehouse.com/shop/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=M-AP-GXP750-12


#14

I think that PerfecTearPlus is a trademark of R.Tape. I know that a lot of the differently branded app tapes are all made by only a couple of manufacturers (R.Tape and TransfeRite being two of the ‘big guys’)


#15

Thanks for the update. I appreciate it.