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    Finish over image transferred to a wood Mug ?

    Will putting a Polyurethane finish on a wood mug that had an image transferred to it, damage the picture ?

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    What the ink base for the image? Make a test on the side to see if the solvent in the finish will affect the image. Some inks will dissolve and bleed with an oil base or shellac pre-finish. If so, try a water base finish. If not, for example I use inkjet photos, I use a rattle can shellac. But permanent markers and Sharpies would bleed with any poly or shellac.
    Shellac or poly works fine over laser etchings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al heitz View Post
    What the ink base for the image? Make a test on the side to see if the solvent in the finish will affect the image. Some inks will dissolve and bleed with an oil base or shellac pre-finish. If so, try a water base finish. If not, for example I use inkjet photos, I use a rattle can shellac. But permanent markers and Sharpies would bleed with any poly or shellac.
    Shellac or poly works fine over laser etchings.
    Standard inkjet printer cartridge ink.

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