- inkAID White Matte Precoat
- inkAID White Matte Precoat
inkAID White Matte Precoat
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Print your digital mixed media images and photographs on almost any material that will run through your printer!
inkAID White Matte coating provides a bright white, matte surface. Printed images are clear and vibrant, with deep blacks. One moderate to heavy coat is recommend on a variety of surfaces like watercolor and printmaking papers, Japanese rice paper and other handmade and specialty papers, fabrics, canvas, wallpaper, metals, films, and wood veneer. A second coat may be applied on more porous surfaces, if needed. inkAID White Matte is very water resistant and prints can be coated with water based top coatings and varnishes.
inkAID White Matte Coating…
Is an actual ink jet receptive coating. You can coat paper, fabric, canvas, film, plastic, metal and practically anything that will go through your printer. This is the same coating found on commercially produced white matte ink jet paper, fabric, canvas, and film.
Provides excellent print quality. It produces clear, vibrant colors with deep blacks.
Will not add a significant amount of thickness to your media. Materials coated with inkAID White Matte coating will go through your printer just like any other material.
Is water based and very safe to use. It's in the same category as water based latex house paint. As with any coating, remember to use with adequate ventilation. Review the Material Safety Data Sheet for more information.
Using inkAID White Matte Coating
All inkAID coatings work best at 70F – 80F, from initial stirring to application.
inkAID White Matte Coating cleans up with water while wet. But once it dries, it is very water resistant. Wear appropriate clothing and work in area suitable for painting.
Gently, but thoroughly, stir inkAID White Matte coating from the bottom using a clean spautal or spoon before use.
Never work directly from the container. Always pour a working amount of inkAID White Matte coating into another clean container.
Make sure all of your tools and brushes are clean and dry before beginning work.
Store inkAID White Matte Coating in a cool, dry environment above 50F. Never allow the coating to freeze.
The final appearance of your print will depend on how much coating is on the surface of your material. This, in turn, depends upon the material itself and how much inkAID coating is applied. Porous materials like paper, fabric, and canvas will absorb the coating, drawing it away from the surface. Non-porous materials like film, plastic, and metal will leave all the inkAID coating on the surface. Even a thin layer of inkAID will provide detail and sharpness to your print. As you increase the amount of inkAID applied, the print will become sharper and clearer with brighter and more intense colors.
Make sure the material you want to print on is the correct thickness for your printer. Consult the manufacturer’s specifications.
inkAID Coatings will impart a stiffer hand to fabrics and lighter weight papers.
Applying inkAID White Coating
Always work with clean tools and brushes.
Stir inkAID White Matte coating gently, but thoroughly, from the bottom of the container. Transfer a working amount of coating into another clean container.
You can apply inkAID White Matte coating with a foam brush, bristle brush, coating rod and by spraying. Foam brushes apply a smoother, less textured coating layer than bristle brushes. Brush applications also provide a more random, textured appearance while rod coating and spraying methods provide a thicker, more uniform and smooth application.
What is a Coating Rod? Here's a short video that demonstrates the basic process.
When using a brush, especially on porous materials, apply the coating in smooth, even strokes in one direction completely covering the material. Then, while still wet, apply a second coating perpendicular to the first coating. When coating non-porous materials apply one, moderate to heavy, coating layer so that there is enough wet coating to flow and level by itself. If a little coating flows off the edges you’re doing it correctly.
inkAID White Matte coating can be used on different colored surfaces to vary the look of your prints. On darker colored materials, when applying by brush, use several (3 – 4) double-coating layers to provide adequate coverage, allowing each coating layer to dry between applications.
Porous materials, such as paper, may curl and bend as the coating is applied. To minimize this fasten down the material using de-tackified blue painters tape before coating. You can de-tackify the tape by pressing it several times against your clothing. This minimizes the chance of tearing the coated material when removing it.
Allow the coating to dry completely before applying the next coat or printing. inkAID White Matte usually dries in about an hour depending upon the amount applied and ambient temperature and humidity.
Porous materials, such as paper, may have some curl in them after coating and will need to be flattened before going through the printer. Small sheets can be flattened by running the material over the edge of a desk, placing it under several books with wax paper covering the coated side, or using a heat press. Larger sheets can be “reverse rolled” (coated side out) onto a large diameter (6+ inches) cardboard tube to remove curl and smooth them out.
Try coating not quite all the way to the edges on your material. Leaving interrupted edges of coating along the borders can add interesting effects.
Partially coating materials like paper and fabric provides a distressed look to the print.
A Few Tips About Printing
To coat and print on lightweight fabrics and papers you’ll need to use a “Carry Sheet”. A carry sheet actually carries lightweight coated materials through the printer that can not go through by themselves. Here's a demonstration of how to set up Carry Sheet in Photoshop.
What print setting should you use with inkAID White Matte coating? Start by using the same print setting as you would for white matte paper or white matte canvas (Remember, you're printing on the same coating!).
Photoshop, among other programs, provides an almost unlimited ability to dial in just the right color settings for your coating/substrate selection.
Post Print Coatings and Other Enhancements
inkAID White Matte coating can only be post coated ("top coated") with water based top coatings such as Golden Artist Colors Polymer Varnish. Do not use solvent based top coatings on inkAID White Matte as they may dissolve the the coating over time.
inkAID White Matte coating is very water resistant. After drying, other water based coatings be applied on top of it including paints and mediums. Always test your combinations of materials first.
inkAID White Matte coating has enough texture to accept dry media like color pencil.