I believe I’ve found the issue. I think the issue was not enough pressure. I don’t have an expensive press and it’s more like a cheap starter press that’s a 6 in 1 that doesn’t have any gauges and I’m forced to guess what is medium vs heavy pressure. I tried pressing at what I call heavy pressure @12 seconds and the designs transferred fully, and this time the finishing stage didn’t leave toner on the finishing sheet. FWIW, I think I’ll stick with laser dark no cut, it works better for me with less room for error even with more steps.

Thank you,