so I've gotten a decent 1 layer toner transfer process down and I'm looking to add some nice touches to it before I move on to trying 2 layer boards.

Anybody know how to do a nice silkscreen layer or solder mask layer with toner transfer?


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    \$\begingroup\$ You need a solder mask for wave soldering, and that doesn't agree with DIY! \$\endgroup\$
    – stevenvh
    Jun 22, 2011 at 13:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ @stevenvh Sure that's when you need a solder mask, but that's certainly not the only time you might want a solder mask. \$\endgroup\$
    – NickHalden
    Jun 22, 2011 at 13:44
  • \$\begingroup\$ @JGord - aesthetics? :-) \$\endgroup\$
    – stevenvh
    Jun 22, 2011 at 13:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you keep adding complicated steps to the DIY process, pretty soon getting boards commercially made start to look pretty good. Then you not only get solder mask and silkscreen, but plated thru holes. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 22, 2011 at 13:59
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    \$\begingroup\$ I tried rivets in the past, but they didn't quite fit in the 0.1mm space I had underneath SMT ICs. \$\endgroup\$
    – stevenvh
    Jun 22, 2011 at 14:48

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A technique for applying solder mask is described here:


You should join the Homebrew PCB group, this sort of thing gets discussed there all the time:


I found the technique mentioned above by searching their messages. Techniques for applying silk screen come up frequently, as well.

I use the photo-etch technique, which makes things like solder mask and silk screen much easier than with toner transfer. I don't bother with them, though.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Wow, that first link is real impressive. As for the homebrew pcbs group... Am I stupid or is the search functionality miserable? \$\endgroup\$
    – NickHalden
    Jun 22, 2011 at 14:15
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's a Yahoo group, the search facility is rather poor. Some of the groups have the posts archived elsewhere, with better searching. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 22, 2011 at 14:37

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