Sealers Overtop Engraved Proofgrade Hardwood

Hi I am engraving overtop of Proofgrade hardwood maple and other hardwood masks and noticed when a PNG or JPG is burned overtop it leaves a sticky residue.

  1. I want to know if its better to take off the mask and engrave that wouldn’t have a sticky residue?

  2. If I leave the white mask on as part of the design are there sealers I can put overtop of it to seal the wood so the sticky residue wont smear off?

  3. Is it better to engrave without the mask and then put a sealer overtop of the engraving?

  4. Which sealers work best for Proofgrade hardwoods?

Some people claim that if you set a minimum power of 15 in your engrave settings all of your masking will be vaporized. I think others claim the minimum power is 10. I don’t engrave a lot. A plastic razor blade is a good tool for scraping off masking.

If the wood is already finished it will be more resistant to picking up smoke stains, but any picked up can’t be sanded off. You’ll need to use some other cleaner if you don’t use masking.

I’d be cautious using a finishing product over the top of wood that already has a finish. There are plenty of sources for thin hardwoods (you’ll have to sand and finish).

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If you leave the masking on some finer details can be lost unless you bump the power up slightly - cleaning the residue off can be achieved a number of ways. Personally I use alcohol hand sanitizer and a toothbrush

Taking the masking off will leave you with smoke residue - which some folks like because it gives things an aged look - if you don’t like that I still recommend the hand sanitizer and a toothbrush

So the answer is - it depends!

You can buy spray or brush sealers/varnishes to put over the engraved areas, some folks like Mod Podge or Deck Sealer but once again it’s a personal preference, and testing is the only way to be sure which one you like

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Yeah I think thats what the sticky residue is, is vaporized mask.

Good idea! Thank you

Thank you for responding with these examples.

That’s exactly what it is, and the best thing to remove it is Gorilla Tape. (For cleaning up photo engraves it’s hands down the best. ) :slightly_smiling_face:


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