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Washout Film Processing FAQ

How should I dry the film?

How long should I dry the film for before I use it?

What should I do if my image won’t completely develop/wash out, no matter how long I spray it for?

What should I do if my whole mask starts to dissolve/ delaminate/distort before I can wash out my image?

When I wash out my film why do the small details dissolve/ move/wiggle/delaminate?

Why can’t I use white backlighting in my washout booth?

Why should I use hot water for washing out my film?

Why does the film start to dissolve before I get the image washed out?

Sandblasting FAQ

What size compressor should I use?

How long will my blaster parts last?

What is the difference between Aluminum Oxide and Silicon Carbide?

How do I remove the mask when I am done etching?

Why do I blast THROUGH the mask?

Why won’t the mask stay on the glass when I blast?

Why is a pressure pot better than a siphon-fed blaster?

What size/type of grit should I use?

UltraPro Photoresist FAQ

What do I do if my UltraPro will not stick after developing and drying?

How do I know which side is the dull (emulsion) side of UltraPro?

How long can UltraPro be stored on release paper?

How long can UltraPro dry at room temperature?

How do I know when UltraPro is dry/ready for use?

RapidMask Photoresist FAQ

Can I use RapidMask for halftone applications?

What is the best artwork to use with RapidMask?

RapidMask does not require a washout step. How does it work?

Why must I use photonegative artwork instead of photopositive artwork?

How do I know if RapidMask is exposed properly?

I followed the instructions for setting up my exposure unit and the film turns dark blue but doesn't become brittle. Why?

Which side of RapidMask should I expose through?

How do I apply RapidMask to my substrate?

Which side of RapidMask should be applied to my glass or substrate?

Will RapidMask work with all substrates?

It is taking a long time to sandblast through the RapidMask. What am I doing wrong?

What is the easiest way to remove RapidMask after sandcarving?

How deep can I etch into my glass with RapidMask?

Photoresist Film Processing FAQ

How do I apply films to a round object?

How do I know when my film is dry or ready to use?

How should I prepare my glass for etching?

Are these products dangerous? Bad for my health? Will this process (and its debris) harm the environment?

How do I avoid air bubbles in my adhesive when it dries?

Why can’t I use a blacklight from a novelty store to expose? Or sunlight? Or a tanning bed lamp?

How long should I expose my films?

Why can’t I get the carrier sheet off of the mask easily?

How do I remove the carrier sheet when I’m ready to blast?

What detail or resolution level can I achieve with photo resist?

My artwork is black, why won’t this film work?

Why do I need yellow/safe lighting in my entire mask making process? Why can’t I work under white light?

Artwork

Artwork Tips

Inverting Artwork

Film vs. Paper Positives

Computer Recommendations

Creating Electronic Halftone Positives

Halftone Guidelines

Creating Halftones in Photoshop

Resolution Test Pattern - Positive

Resolution Test Pattern - Negative

 

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