Business on sandblasting of mirrors !?
"SAND" is the technology of processing materials, in our case, glass, air-jetted high-pressure jet. The result of processing the glass with a sandblasting unit is the matte surface of the glass.
Sandblasting business is gaining momentum. Everyone wants to decorate their home with beautiful interior items. A mirror with a beautiful pattern or photo applied will give your apartment an individuality.
You can open your business with minimal investment in the artistic processing of mirrors.
Anything you need:
- You can buy (you can make yourself) a sandblaster
- Prepare a mirror and image template
- To produce stencils, for which images will be applied
- Buy ready-made mirrors, or order the right size for your template
- Apply stencils to the mirrors
- Apply frosted images to the glass surface of mirrors using sandblasting technology.
Now consider everything in order ....
Step one. Acquisition of sandblasting machine.
The purchase of a sandblaster is the most important issue, otherwise you should not even do it. Of course you could do it yourself (there is nothing complicated in the design), but it is better to purchase a ready (factory) sandblasting machine .
A sandblasting chamber is a place to work. You can install at home (undesirable) or in the garage. Do not forget to buy a fraction (the same sand) for your device! At the initial stage (experiment) you can do without it.
It is possible to produce a similar box (as in the figure, as a material - chipboard).
Attention!!! At work it is necessary to use personal protective equipment: overalls, a respirator, glasses, gloves.
Step two. Making an image template.
To prepare a stencil (one-time use), you need an image template that you can get:
- create yourself in the computer program CorelDRAW
- take ready (sold on CD or DVD discs with a vector image)
- to order in any advertising agency or from a private master (this method is good in that you are fitted with an image under a mirror, glass, etc.)
We make the stencil.
The stencil is made of PVC film, preferably white (because thick and cheap), used in outdoor advertising (self-adhesive film, purchased, for example, in an advertising agency). The thickness of the stencil will depend on the quality of the work, because if there is insufficient thickness, a jet of sand with air can pierce the stencil and spoil the product.
We cut out the stencil on the plotter.
Step three. We prepare the workpiece (mirror, glass).
We buy in the store or order in size and shape in workshops that cut to order (round, square, polygonal, etc.).
Check processing (grinding) of the edge.
The issue of fixing the mirror to the wall can be solved individually (drilling holes, double-sided scotch, plank or hangers from the back side to liquid nails).
Step Four. We impose a stencil.
At the initial stage, you can entrust this to advertisers, bringing them their blanks of mirrors or glass, carefully study the technology of applying the film to the glass. In the future, it is better to do this yourself, so as not to increase the final cost of your services / product
To do this you will need:
- a transport tape (a transparent film for transferring figures cut from a self-adhesive film on a surface)
- squeegee - a plastic rectangular tool similar to a paint spatula (for smoothing the self-adhesive film).
We transfer the stencil to the transport carrier (after preliminary cleaning of the unnecessary details of the figure that was obtained after the plotter cutting). Remove the paper substrate from the stencil, and roll the resulting pattern onto a mirror or glass.
We remove the transport (because the adhesive composition of PVC is stronger than the transport, the latter is removed, leaving the stencil on the glass or mirror).
Check the absence of air bubbles, otherwise pierce and smooth.
Leave for a day (the stencil hardens).
Step five. We apply the image with a sandblaster.
Mirror set vertically with a slight slope back, for stability (on a stand that resembles an easel (stand for a picture) artists).
Using a sandblaster, we make a matte image , leading to a uniform white state.
The nozzle of the gun should not be brought closer than 20-30 cm, try to maintain an equal distance during processing (different distances - different indentations during processing), check periodically for bald spots (look at the treated object from different angles).
Remove the film, clean the solvent with the remnants of the stencil adhesive.
The product is ready!
And here are some examples of what can happen.