Removing smoke residue from Proofgrade


On a previous order for a thousand tokens engraved both sides using proofgrade medium maple, I found that pulling the mask before engraving and cleaning with an alcohol soak for a few minutes and rubbing with a rag was far faster than weeding both sides of 1,000 pieces.

Well, that customer returned and wants 3,000!! :grimacing: As a result I found myself looking to streamline the process. I just discovered that household ammonia cuts that stuff all but instantly, no soak - just a wipe! :crazy_face: Far faster than alcohol and even acetone.
I pinned an old face towel to my steel table with rare earth magnets, wet it with ammonia, and a quick drag, flip and repeat - Done with both sides in about 5 seconds.
A little rough on the mucus membranes, :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: so do it under ventilation or outside if you can.

Another tip. It bothered me to throw all that mask away that I had paid for, so I pull up a few inches of the mask and roll it off the proofgrade using the commercial roll I had bought. Waste not…
Happy Forging! :+1:


Also wear gloves. You won’t notice it at first, but you will after cleaning 3,000 tokens.


Good advice!
"What happend to my fingers…?!


Nice tip! Also, in case people dont know, don’t use bleach or cleaning products with bleach with this method!


so… should I just stock up on windex? :stuck_out_tongue:


The household stuff is much stronger than Windex, as you know. I found that leaving the engrave overnight before cleaning let the residue ‘harden’ and had to soak in alcohol much longer to soften, like 10 minutes to approximate the ease of cleaning it right away. Ammonia doesn’t care.
So fast it’s magical.

Yes @Dia, Good heads-up. More than one housewife has been found dead in the bathroom from chloramine vapor caused by mixing bleach with ammonia. A good rule to follow is not to mix anything in terms of cleaners.


Thanks for the tip and congrats on the large order.


Great tip! Just need a clothespin for the nose, and I’m set. Thanks!


Feel like you’ve saved future me so much time and sanding, thank you


Thank you!
I bought this thing for pure self indulgence not intending to try and make any money with it, but it turns out that the machine has now paid for itself! :sunglasses:


I use baby wipes and it is pure magic. Maybe give that a try.


My generic brand baby wipes did nothing. What kind do you use?


Hydrogen peroxide is a good cleaner for burn stain… I use that for 5 years so far… it also will light up the wood a bit.