Image Transfer onto Wood using Acetone

Best and easiest wood transfer method for a rustic effect, using a laser printer and nail polish remover.

There are many different methods to transfer an image onto wood. However, for images printed on a laser printer, this is my favorite. Not only because it is easy and cheap but also because it doesn’t require any special materials. You only need a laser printer and nail polish remover (with acetone).

How to transfer an image onto wood with nail polish remover

First, you print the image you want to transfer onto wood with a laser printer (it will not work with an inkjet printer). Don’t forget to mirror the image before you print it.

All you need to do now is put the piece of paper upside down on the wood, secure it with some tape, pour ample nail polish remover (with acetone) on top of the paper, and rub the paper with the backside a spoon.

As you can see in the picture, pouring the acetone over the paper as I did can get a bit messy. You can also use a sponge to apply the nail polish remover onto the paper if you want.

Make sure to rub it hard and well until you see the ink is partly gone from the paper (the paper becomes whiter somehow, you will see). It takes some practice to get it right, so I would advise you to try it on a scrap piece of wood first until you’ve got it down.

The result is pretty and lasting. You can use this method for a great variety of projects.

Unfortunately, I only have a black and white laser printer, so I haven’t tried this method with color prints yet. However, if you do try it with color, I am curious to see how it works out. So please share your experience with me in the comments below. Good luck!

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