Prepare the Copper Clad

Use a band saw or coping saw to cut your copper clad to size.  In order to prepare the copper clad for ink transfer, you will use fine grain sand paper to gently abrase the surface of the copper clad on the side in which you will be transferring the ink.  This is to allow for better adhesion of the toner to the copper.  Do NOT apply excessive force or over sand the copper.  Gently sand up and down the board only moving the sand paper in one direction.  Once sanded, rinse with warm water and dish soap.  Try not to touch with copper with your fingers.  Wearing latex gloves is recommended for keeping the surface clean.

BEFORE SANDING

AFTER SANDING

This guide was first published on Jun 23, 2015. It was last updated on Jun 23, 2015. This page (Prepare the Copper Clad) was last updated on Sep 17, 2019.