Getting To Know the Sand Etch Sandblasting System
A) Nozzle - Part# 70-9109 - The nozzle is the only part of the Sand Etch sandblaster that is replaceable. To replace, grasp the nozzle in your finger tips and pull it straight out of the Sand Etch housing. It is metal lined to ensure long use.
B) Housing - This is referred to throughout the booklet as the Sand Etch housing.
C) Actuator Button - This button is depressed to release the flow of abrasive grit and air. Hold the Sand Etch sandblaster in an upright position pointing away from you.
D) Pickup Tube - Be sure the pickup tube is pushed firmly into the housing to draw the abrasive grit up into the nozzle.
E) Abrasive Grit - Your Sand Etch System includes one 8 ounce jar of abrasive grit to get you started. Jar must be refilled to the top of the label periodically for the best etching results. Abrasive Grit refills are available in a 12 ounce size. Part# 70-9110.
F) Propellant - Your Sand Etch System also includes a 6 ounce can of non-flammable, environmentally safe propellant. Always hold the propellant can in vertical upright position. Sand Etch? Propellant refills are available in 6 ounce size. Part# 70-9101.
Assembling the Sand Etch Sandblaster
Unpack your kit components. Hold the housing (B) in one hand and snap onto the propellant can (F) with nozzle (A), pointed away from you as shown. Avoid pressing the actuator (C) until you are ready to begin your project. If the pickup tube (D), should become detached during shipping, simply reinstall it by pushing the tube back into place on the bottom of the Sand Etch housing. Next, remove the cover from the abrasive container (E), insert the pickup tube into the grit jar and screw the grit jar firmly in place.
Protective Eye-wear - Safety glasses or protective goggles must always be worn while operating the Sand Etch system. These should completely cover your eyes. Prescription glasses and reading glasses are not sufficient protection but can be worn under your protective eye-wear. Face Mask - We highly recommend using a face mask. Inexpensive disposable face masks are available at most hardware stores. Gloves - Because they are lightweight, garden gloves made of canvas backed rubber generally allow sufficient dexterity for working and will protect your hands from abrasive spray and airborne glass particles. It is also advisable not to wear any jewelry while operating the Sand Etch system as these are all made of materials that are easily etched.
Operating Instructions for Sand Etch Gun
The Sand Etch Sandblaster must be held in an upright position, with the nozzle (A) 1/2 inch to 1 inch from the surface of the object to be etched. Press down on the actuator button (C) to begin the etching process. Never turn the Sand Etch sandblaster upside down during use. Immediately after pressing the actuator button (C), you will notice that the tool will begin to spray a fine stream of abrasive particles. These particles will begin to etch the surface of your glass project giving it a frosted appearance. Simply move the Sand Etch sandblaster either side to side or in small circular motion until all exposed areas of the stencil have been uniformly etched. Hold the glass up to the light periodically to be sure all areas are etched. When all areas are equally obscured, you are done blasting. Thoroughly wash your project to remove any abrasive media that may be left. If possible, submerge your project piece completely under water for a few minutes. Soaking in water will help remove the stencil material and masking tape, as well as the remaining abrasive media which could scratch your finished piece. Once all of the abrasive media, tape and stencil material have been removed, clean thoroughly with glass cleaner and dry completely. The full etched effect will not be realized until the project is completely dry.