I got another question after the survey was placed, so I figured that I would post it here. See the questions below and my answer:
I have used the etching cream, and yes it works. I am looking for whatever it takes to get a stronger, whiter look. Sometimes you can’t see what I have etched very well. I would like for it to stand out better. Please let me know or fell free to call me. I need to know how I can do this as soon as possible it is for Christmas gifts. Thank you. Steven H.
Answer: There are a lot of people that asked me this and I know exactly what you mean. When I first tried that hobby acid cream, I was disappointed the way it looked also.
It doesn’t produce a very noticeable white look. If the etching is done on colored glass or the clear glass has a colored background, it can sometimes look more noticeable (but not always because it depends on many factors). There is a “paint like coloring” that you can brush onto the etchings to make them stand out better, but in my opinion this defeats the purpose of creating that etched look. The product is called Rub N’ Buff if you wanted to check it out.
To get noticeable etchings, you have to go with abrasive blasting processes. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on equipment (link to more info), you can also pick up an inexpensive small sandblaster.
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