Etching Plastic


Etching Plastic

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I want to try and etch some polycarbonate (plastic) wine glasses.  I don't think the glass etching cream will work, so it was suggested I try a Dremel tool.  My husband has one (but won't share), so I am going to purchase my own to add to my own tool collection. 

Any suggestions on type and tip to use, once I get my stencil adhered?

The glasses are those thick plastic that are good for outdoor use, but don't look like cheap plastic throwaways.

Thanks for any advice!

JimRfromBC Canada
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I agree with Doug. The trick to engraving any kind of plastic material is to keep the speed as low as necessary to do the job. Too much speed will melt the plastic.  Get one "sacrificial" goblet to practice on.  The engraving cutters ought to work fine.

"For almost every problem,
there is a DREMEL solution"

"When all else fails, read the instructions."

Jim



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