I just wanted to add my experience with Cermark tape. I had a small sample strip that has been collecting dust for a couple of years, and suddenly found that I needed it to mark some Zippo lighters. I couldn’t find exact settings for the tape, so after a leap of faith and some starter settings I found here in the forum…I was able to finish them.
I am using a GF Pro, but I found that using the recommended settings from the example did not stick; the Cermark rubbed off. I slowed the speed to another user’s suggestion for the Basic. My final settings were:
Unlike regular Cermark where you spray a couple thin coats, the tape works a lot like double-sided tape or 3M tape. You clean the surface with alcohol, then peel off a paper backing, apply to the surface, and then apply even pressure to get rid of any bubbles and to make it have even surface contact.
There is a glossy paper that remains on during your engrave, and it helps for clean-up, but I suspect that this paper is why I needed to reduce my speed in order to get the Cermark to stay.
So, these are “satin chrome” Zippo lighters. And it was requested that I engrave the front and the side. I was able to lay the lighters on the crumb tray to engrave the front, but the side required me to create a simple jig to get it done. I used some random thick carboard packaging and rare earth magnets. You can see from the many holes that I needed to make adjustments to my measurements. I did lay the lighter in my jig to engrave the front too. I’m not one to take chanced lining up the artwork,
Also, the black dust on the side is all residue from this tape. Seems to create a lot for such a small area.