how to make ink stick to glossy lacquer surface
  • I am screen printing on small wood pieces finished in ca glue to a polished mirror finish.
    My problem is getting the ink to set permanently. At the moment the ink easily rubs off with a nail or strong rub.
    Using Jacquard #119 super opaque white.
    Can this heated? How much? How long? These are small pieces so I can even put them in a toaster oven if need be.
    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
  • Hello. It's hard to say whether or not the ink will stick without knowing the makeup of the finish on the wood. However, heating it certainly would be a good place to start. I would try 250-300 F for 2-3 minutes, let it cool down and try scratching it again. If it still comes off, there is something in the coating that won't allow the ink to adhere. I few polymers (like teflon or polyethylene) will not allow the ink to stick.
    Good luck!
    Monte