Thank you all very much. This has been most useful.
Hobby means very different things for most of us. And it all depends what we are doing
For me Traub and other machinery awemawson has looks pretty involved, but fits still into "hobby" category.
I also understand if a "hack" is enough for some.
I'm often somewhat in between, my background is electrical engineering, but never designed any of that for living. Still I have much respect to volts and amps.
I like much of the stuff that is professional/semiprofessional, even if I can't get the stuff. Often it is very nice to know alternative methods.
My motivation to PCB making is that I only make those assemblies I can't buy or does not exsist or needs combining some simple "stages" to get the end result. And I usually want it now. Therefore I like DIY PCBs even when they are crappy. I ahve manged to gobble something up, but SMD is a new challenge. There is a big danger that I will learn something.
I have made in past two sided PCBs, but only to solder trough components and no real vias. Plenty of jumpers. I have reached my limit and trying to take the next step.
I think I have seen writeups about the laminated solder masks same way than etch resists. Never tried one.
Is chemical tinning any alternative or addition to solder mask? Some fluxes seem to work differently even on kit boards.