Is there a solvent for laser printer ink?
September 28, 2008 8:32 PM   Subscribe

Is there a solvent for laser printer ink?

I like the blurs when you get ink jet prints wet, is there a solvent I can use on laser prints to get the same kind of effect?
posted by debord to Technology (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
No - laser printer "ink" (actually toner) is a form of plastic that is heated onto the paper. Applying solvent to the toner just makes the letters flake off.
posted by b1tr0t at 8:55 PM on September 28, 2008


I have heard you can clean the drum with alcohol. (ethyl, isopropyl, etc) Thus, I'd guess, If you heat up the paper (like in the printer) and apply some heated vodka/everclear, might work. Guessing no- inkjets are like watercolors, and toner is like acrylic, as B1trot has pointed out.
posted by wuzandfuzz at 9:14 PM on September 28, 2008


Pretty much any solvent will remove the toner, I used to do this a lot (transferring toner to a stone for lithography). You won't get blurs like you do with inkjet prints, toner is basically plastic dust.
posted by bradbane at 9:27 PM on September 28, 2008


xylene. handily available in the form of an art blender marker. it will take the toner right off the paper if you apply it to the back side and rub it onto a separate surface but i think if you apply it to the front of the image it will distort it a bit if you rub it around.
posted by c at 10:34 PM on September 28, 2008


Xylene works. It's kind of toxic, so keep that in mind when you use it.

I've heard that wintergreen oil will create the same toner transfer effect as xylene. And I've also heard that Citrasolv will do it.
posted by O9scar at 11:37 PM on September 28, 2008


Cheers guys!
posted by debord at 4:20 AM on September 29, 2008


isopropyl will clean off laser printer ink without risking ruining anything else, Xylene might be ok, but start with the isopropyl alcohol. you can use the 98%±3% stuff sold @ the drug store, or you can get special stuff @ an electronics store for significantly more money though.
posted by phllip.phillip at 4:44 AM on September 29, 2008


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