I have set out to make some electronics and have decided to etch some pcb's well I dont have a laser printer nor easy access to a copier, so I went to my local ups store and had a few copies made for me to play around, to the tune of .50c a copy... well they worked well, but with my work hours i dont always have access to this place during normal business hours.
Staples was my first and last stop for a solution, in talking to the manager about what I was wanting to do (and him being in the photo lab/copy field he had lots to say) of which most I wont say here cuz you would be as bored as I was, however we looked over the various types of todays latest paper and I think I may have found a new way to do toner transfer or atleast a new paper..
Staples wont let you use the single sheet feed of their user operated copiers unless you can prove the paper you wanna use is laser paper, so I found this HP laser compatible presentation paper, full gloss, 95 bright, 300 sheets for 13.99, which translates to 0.046c per page, plus their 0.08c per copy brings the grand total to 0.13c per page to copy your transfers. now all I have to do is just take the paper in the original packaging and the receipt back to the store and once they approve the paper you can make your copies for 8c a piece.
Now the process, boy was i surprised as i found out there was no having to soak the paper after the transfer process as this paper just peels off like a kind of press and peel... really odd but it seems to be fine.. i tried soaking and just press and peel and both seemed to work perfect, here are some pics.
This was the peel and stick method
This was the soak and scrub method
This is what the paper looks like after the press and peel, it appears as if the gloss peels off the paper very easy with only very very small amounts of toner remaining.
And this is the finished product, I messed up the first one but I think my 2nd one turned out great.. I love this kind of stuff.
The staples product number is 637889 and here is the link for it