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Fall in Love with the Perfect Paint for Etched Glass

Need a quick and easy paint to use for sandcarved items? So did we! When Rayzist Photomask introduced colored paint into our trade show demonstrations and sandcarving workshops in 2007, the paint had to dry quickly, be easy to use, and feature the durability of enamel paints. We tested and experimented with different paints—and then we came across a graffiti mural artist paint called Belton Molotow.

Fall in Love with the Perfect Paint for Etched Glass

Rayzist Photomask’s Tests Create Great Results on Sandblasted Products

By Liz Haas, Rayzist Photomask

(Originally published in the May 2015 issue of Recognition Review.)

Need a quick and easy paint to use for sandcarved items?

So did we! When Rayzist Photomask introduced colored paint into our trade show demonstrations and sandcarving workshops in 2007, the paint had to dry quickly, be easy to use, and feature the durability of enamel paints. We tested and experimented with different paints—and then we came across a graffiti mural artist paint called Belton Molotow. Graffiti paint typically is durable and available in multiple colors, but would an aerosol paint work for the sandcarving industry? Our team started testing the many colors on glass, metal, optic crystal, wood, and stone. The results were good. They were durable, and we could use multiple colors on sandcarved projects.

These glasses were etched with the newlyweds’ names and wedding date. Then, the etched heart was colorfilled with Belton Molotow’s Traffic Red color.

We found that reducing the paint flow made it easier to avoid overpainting. We recommend replacing the original cap with a “Gold Skinny” cap to reduce the amount of paint released and the speed at which it is released, avoiding overpainting. (This cap is sold by Belton as “Super Skinny Cap - white/gold.”)

Belton Molotow paints are available in several colors in transparent or opaque coverage. The opaque paints provide ample coverage on river rocks, garden rocks, natural stone, and wood products. The cost per can is very reasonable. (Because some ARA suppliers sell paint, antitrust laws prohibit giving a price in editorial copy.) The “Gold Skinny” cap allows spray-painting multiple colors for a unique look. Belton Molotow paints are not dishwasher safe, so products painted with them must be hand washed only.

Belton Molotow paints are available at www.artprimo.com.

Rayzist uses Belton Molotow paints with gold skinny caps to spray still-masked etched glass in a lined box to catch overspray. Also shown are ONE4ALL high solid paint markers from Belton.

Painting Sandcarved Products

  1. Select a color in transparent or opaque coverage.
  2. Change the can’s cap to the “Gold Skinny” option to reduce the likelihood of overpainting.
  3. In a well-ventilated area, shake the can well and test spray it to familiarize yourself with the nozzle pressure before spraying the sandcarved item with light coats from different angles. View the project from all angles to ensure proper coverage and avoid over painting.
  4. Let the paint dry. Damp paint remains rubbery and tends to peel up when the mask is removed. Test it by touching an area on the mask (outside the image area). If fingerprint is left behind, the paint is not dry.
  5. Remove the mask and tape.
  6. Clean the item and wipe it clean.

Belton’s super skinny cap in white/gold is known as the “gold skinny.” It provides a stroke width of 1–2 centimeters, an even and fine line, and low pressure perfect for shadings and seamless fading techniques. Rayzist has found that the use of the gold skinny cap reduces the risk of overpainting.


Liz Haas is a sales representative at Rayzist Photomask, Inc., a leading manufacturer of photoresist films and sandcarving equipment. Visit www.rayzist.com for more information on Rayzist and sandcarving or to shop in Rayzist’s online store.

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