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    I've glued my picture to 1/4" ply. The picture was printed using an inkjet printer and I'm concerned about smudging/smearing during use. So, I have some tripple-thick glaze that I want to spray on the picture.

    Do I spray the glaze on before or after cutting? I tried spraying on a test puzzle that was already cut and it seems to work okay.

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    Mike, are you sure that glaze spray will work on an ink jet picture? It's been a few years since I tried it, but I remember it smearing the ink and my swearing I would not use that spray on an ink jet picture again.

    Always spray a picture before you cut it! I use one thick coat.



    • #3
      Yup, no smearing. My test puzzle was also printed on an inkjet. To my surprize, the glaze was almost dry to the touch within minutes. Still a little soft, I left a fingerprint, but still pretty dry. And no visible smudging.

      Spraying before cutting made me worry about spintering the glaze. But, I'll take your suggestion and spray before. Right now I'm waiting for the glues to dry really well.

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      • #4
        Two of the puzzles I made were from my color lazer printer and I sprayed one of them with a water based clear finish and the other with triple glaze and both worked very well. Both were sprayed before cutting. I haven't tried it on an inkjet photo yet. Sounds like your test piece worked ok, so I would spray the glaze on before cutting to protect the photo during cutting.

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        • #5
          I use an ink jet printer and have sprayed TTG on a printed photo for puzzle cutting. No problem. Definitely want the TTG to setup first, usually an hour or so just to be safe.

          Paul S.


          • #6
            That is the way I have done my puzzles and I have had no problems.

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