Hi, I have a question related to my understanding of the layers in KiCad and also related to manufacturing.
I don’t understand why when printing a PCB, the annular ring of the mounting hole is golden. In the 3D model of the PCB it shows golden as well. When I look at the footprint, I see that only F.Mask and B.Mask are active.
However, the regular pads of an SMD resistor/capacitor/etc are silver looking. The only difference I see is that the F.Paste is checked. Unchecking that layer of the pads will make them turn golden in the 3D rendering.
I want to print a PCB that has all the pads gold plated. What will happen if I un-check the F.Paste layer of all the pads? Is F.Paste only purpose for printing a stencil?