What tape do you folks use for holding down your logo to etch your makers mark

Discussion in 'Shop Talk - BladeSmith Questions and Answers' started by Fish30114, Feb 3, 2021.

  1. Fish30114

    Fish30114 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 5, 2014
    I recently purchased a new roll of Blue 3M painters tape and I on't know if it has been changed by 3M but whatever it does not do a good job for me screening out the etchant from under the decal for my Makers Mark--so long question short what do you guys use for tape holding down your decals for etching your makers mark ??
     
  2. matthewhoffman

    matthewhoffman

    80
    Nov 19, 2016
    Transparent tape. Makes it easy to evenly align the the logo with the spine.
     
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  3. William Schrade

    William Schrade Gold Member Gold Member

    557
    Jul 30, 2012
    Blue painters tape.
     
  4. Cliff Carter Knives

    Cliff Carter Knives KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    420
    May 30, 2011
    Black electrical tape
     
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  5. Britt_Askew

    Britt_Askew Dealer / Materials Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Dealer / Materials Provider

    Dec 9, 2010
    Black electrical tape for me too
     
  6. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    Black electrical.
     
  7. Barry Clodfelter

    Barry Clodfelter KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    558
    May 29, 2007
    Blue painters tape here.
     
  8. john april

    john april KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Feb 27, 2006
    masking tape. if you post a pic of what happened, we may be able to diagnose what is happening. etching solution can sneak under where the tape crosses over itself, and it can also go under the edges of the lettering if its not flat on the surface.
     
  9. Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith

    Stacy E. Apelt - Bladesmith ilmarinen - MODERATOR Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 20, 2004
    If your pad is too wet it doesn't mater what tape you use. The pad should be blotted until barely damp.
     
  10. LCoop

    LCoop

    440
    May 5, 2007
    I've read or heard some say a spray of Windex stops alot of ghosting around the etch. Is that correct or anyone try that? I use electrical tape also.
     
  11. Tom Lewis

    Tom Lewis

    Feb 24, 2000
    masking tape but I may try electricians tape.
     

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