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44 • A&E DECEMBER 2017 ✦ 44 ✦ Glass & Crystal Report • A&E DECEMBER 2017 6) Printing – Popular print media includes Accu Films, PFX, and Vellum. All Accu Films must be printed on an inkjet printer—Epson is just one popular inkjet printer. PFX and Vellum media can only be printed on a laser printer. With a PFX or Vellum print, a toner enhancement spray is recommended. TWO: EXPOSING ARTWORK ONTO PHOTORESIST FILM After the artwork is printed onto inkjet or laser media, it's time for exposure. When exposing the artwork onto the photoresist film, make sure the artwork and photore- sist are placed emulsion-to-emulsion. The UV light passes through the artwork first, exposing the image onto the washout film. In this example, R-Series 5 mil film should be exposed 15 units on a 26-1KS UV expo- sure unit. If using a standard Letralite, it will take around 45 seconds to expose. THREE: WASHING OUT AND DRYING PHOTORESIST FILM After the artwork is properly exposed, it's time to washout the film. Keep in mind an automated machine is not needed to washout the artwork. Warm water will also do the trick. After the design is washed out , the photoresist film can be dried in a dr yer or hung out to dr y. FOUR: APPLY FILM TO SUBSTRATE After the substrate is cleaned, simply apply the repositionable film to the sub- strate, sticky side down. If you're using R5, it is a self-adhesive material, is pressure sensitive, and a squeegee can be utilized to apply pressure, allowing adhesion of the film to the substrate. To remove the carrier, stick one corner down on a hard surface and flick with your finger. Use a wire wheel brush to remove air bubbles. Finally, tape off any areas of the substrate that need protection. Now it's time to sandcarve. FIVE: START SANDCARVING After the sandcar ving machine is Popular print media includes Accu Films, PFX, and Vellum. Step Two.

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