Thanks guys. I got my stock of brass name plates in a while back and they all have a paper coating on the finished side. I was wondering if I wouldget a better looking result if I engraving it first peel and then peel the paper or if I peel it first. I am using a spring loaded drag engraver in my mini mill to do the engraving. Figured I would mill a tight pocket in a block of wood and just drop the plates in it to do the work. Then there is no messy fidgeting around with placement.