SR2000 is simply the industry’s sturdiest sandcarving film. It is a user-friendly, non-stick formulation that you can trust to withstand the demands of your deepest etches and hardest surfaces. Known as “Original Blue,” SR2000 is a legacy product that has earned a loyal fan base among Rayzist customers.
The Original Blue’s patented non-stick surface streamlines processing, without limiting your ability to carve fine details and compelling etches on a variety of materials. Use it for glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble, soft metals, and curved or flat surfaces.
When you’re ready to attach SR2000 to your substrate’s surface, simply apply Rayzist RZ2 or RZ3 adhesive with a foam brush or sprayer. The thin, watery glue then dries to a strong, reliable binding agent.
SR2000 spares you the frustration of fighting with an ultra tacky adhesive surface. This advantage is particularly noticeable in humid environments, but SR2000 is equally reliable in dry conditions.
Our customers say SR2000 has all the features they need to carve more efficiently:
In short, SR2000 has earned a reputation for giving sandcarvers the flexibility and reliability they demand. Here’s what our customer Karen Kvernenes has to say about it: “easiest to use, most consistent.”
The "Original Blue" user friendly SR2000™ is a high resolution photoresist enabling carvers to achieve supreme detail and a deeper etch among competing films. SR2000™ provides an ideal system for creating fine quality engraving on endless varieties of glass, wood, stone, ceramic, granite, marble, and soft metals. From exposing to blasting, carvers are able to get it done faster and more efficiently then ever before.
SR2000 can be processed easily with a UV light source, film print and pressurized washout unit, such as a Rayzist Hand Washer or automatic washout unit. SR2000 is used with a Rayzist formula adhesive—RZ2, which is quickly applied with a foam brush or RZ3, which can be applied with a sprayer.
A Plastic Burnisher is necessary to bind the processed photomask to the substrate surface. The Rayzist Wire Wheel Brush is also strongly recommended; this hand-held tool releases air trapped between the substrate and the photomask.
You do not need a darkroom or yellow lighting to use SR2000. The film can be safely handled in white fluorescent lighting for approximately ten minutes. Avoid any room or area that has direct or indirect UV light such open windows or doors. Sunlight will expose the film in a matter of seconds.
For larger volume production, we recommend installing yellow fluorescent bulbs to maximize the film’s handling time.
SR2000™ comes in 3-6 & 9 mil thicknesses.
3 mil is recommended for fine detailed artwork and halftoned photos.
4 mil is recommended for moderate detailed artwork and a moderate depth etch.
5 mil is recommended for bold artwork, moderate to deep stage carving.
6 mil is recommended for harder surfaces, bold artwork and deep carving.
9 mil is recommended for harder surfaces, bold artwork and deep carving.
SR2000™ has unmatched blast resilient properties superior to any photoresist in the industry. Blast high resolution designs without the worry of pin hole blast through or carrier release bubbling.
Conservatively, 14 months at room temperature.
From wash out to dry time, SR2000™ will cut your production time significantly. Standard washout times begin at 45-90 seconds, depending on the mil.
30 seconds, 3-6 mil.
Rayzist® photoresists apply and clean up faster and easier, saving up to 1/3 of total labor* over any other photoresist material.
Special treatment eliminates "sticky film" problems conducive to humid environments. No struggling with exposure, application, or clean up. All mils air dry within 30-60 minutes. Save money with one film for any environment, any time of year.
SR2000™ photoresist film satisfies all levels of production with extremely fast exposure times, quick wash out, easy application, superior durability, finer detail, unmatched depth and fast clean up... without the need for special yellow lighting, resist removers, or any other added expense.
What side of the glass is normally etched, front or back?
Etching on glass always has the best appearance when etching from the back side, unless the etching is very light or surface depth, then the front side would show best, this would be particularly true for Jade glass.
What is the best way to sandcarve on wood handles?
I have no direct information on wood handles with out seeing the pieces. If your handles have a curve to them, you can warm the mask, this will enhance the materials ply-ability for wrapping around the curves. Keep in mind, that softer woods such as pine are easiest to engrave however, make sure of the following:
1. Avoid overheating the mask.
2. Make sure the mask is flat and tight on the surface of the piece.
3. Keep your blasting pressure low to moderate. Do not blast with great intensity; this can lead to a stubborn residue that is left behind.
4. After blasting, Peel away the mask quickly; do not allow the mask to sit on the piece for any longer than it has too. This will also help prevent any left over residue.
How do you wrap the laser mask on a round or curved surface?
Applying a flat mask to a rounded surface will naturally create some wrinkles.
What I typically do with curvature items is:
Why is the photoresist film not washing out at all?
This can happen to anyone; here are some things to check:
How long does it take the photoresist to washout?
This will depend on the sheet size, thickness of the material and the temperature and pressure of your water. All these answers combined are crucial to producing a perfect photomask everytime.
What is a photomask?
Photomask: a stencil made of photoresist film that has undergone a developing process. The stencil design is typically created from custom, computer-generated artwork, which may include lettering, photo images and/or a design pattern. The finished photomask is used to guide the sandcarving process, so that the custom artwork is etched or engraved into the surface being carved.
--- Photomask may also be called mask, stencil, premade pattern or template. ---
What is a Membrane?
Membrane: a clear, exceptionally thin layer present on some types of photoresist films. The membrane allows for easy release of the film carrier and, once the film has been developed, holds the photomask together. The membrane disintegrates during the sandcarving process.
What is Photoresist Film?
Photoresist Film: a translucent, durable, flexible, light responsive, water soluble, raw film that has not gone through a developing process.
---- Photoresist film is used to create a finished photomask. Photoresist film may also be called raw material or film. ---
How do I remove the photomask after sandcarving?
This will depend on two things: the material of your engraved surface and how that engraved surface can be treated.
1. For best results, submerge the piece in warm water and let it soak for several minutes. Because the photomask is water-soluble, it will absorb the water and cause the photomask to loosen from the engraved surface. Warm water also helps remove the dust and grit from the surface, which helps prevent scratching.
If the item you have engraved cannot be submerged under water, as in the case of a picture frame or a labeled wine bottle, try the following:
2. You can also try lifting off the remaining photomask material with tacky tape. This way, you avoid rubbing the surface, which can scratch wood, acrylic, polished or coated metals.
Rayzist offers a full line of products designed to optimize the performance of your SR2000 or SR3000 photoresist films. The recommended supplies for use with these films are shown below.
For added convenience, we have bundled all of these products (except the optional film dryer) into the Rayzist UV Letralite® Mask Making Kit.
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