- inkAID Clear Gloss Precoat
- inkAID Clear Gloss Precoat
inkAID Clear Gloss Precoat
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inkAID Clear Gloss coating provides an ink jet receptive surface that allows the underlying material to show through. Printed images are clear and vibrant, with deep blacks. It's the ideal coating to use on absorbent substrates such as watercolor and printmaking papers, Japanese rice paper and other handmade and specialty papers, fabrics, canvas, wallpaper, and wood veneer. One light to moderate coating layer is all that's required. inkAID Clear Gloss coating is not water resistant. If the print is to be top coated use only solvent based top coatings and varnishes.
inkAID Clear Gloss coating can be used to make your own Image Transfer Film by applying one moderate to heavy coating layer on Mylar film.
inkAID Clear Gloss Coating…
Is an actual ink jet receptive coating. You can coat paper, fabric, canvas, and practically anything that will go through your printer. This is the same coating found on commercially produced clear, gloss ink jet media.
Provides excellent print quality. It produces clear, vibrant colors with deep blacks.
Has very good adhesion to porous, absorbent materials.
Will not add a significant amount of thickness to your media. Materials coated with inkAID Clear Gloss 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 Clear Gloss Coating
All inkAID coatings work best at 70F – 80F, from initial stirring to application.
inkAID Clear Gloss coating cleans up with water, even after drying. Wear appropriate clothing and work in area suitable for painting.
Gently, but thoroughly, stir inkAID Clear Gloss 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 Clear Gloss coating into another clean container.
Make sure all of your tools and brushes are clean and dry before beginning work.
Store inkAID Clear Gloss 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, canvas and wood veneer will absorb the coating, drawing it away from the surface. Even a light coating 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 Clear Gloss Coating
Always work with clean tools and brushes.
Stir inkAID Clear Gloss coating gently, but thoroughly, from the bottom of the container. Transfer a working amount of coating into another clean container.
You can apply inkAID Clear Gloss 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 smoother, 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.
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 printing. inkAID Clear Gloss Type II coating usually dries in several hours depending upon the amount applied and ambient temperature and humidity.
Multiple coating layers of inkAID Clear Gloss Type II can be applied with drying between each layer but keep in mind that you will be partially dissolving the previously applied layers.
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.
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 cannot 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 Clear Gloss coating? Start by using the same setting as you would for gloss ink jet media (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 Clear Gloss coating can only be post coated ("top coated") with solvent based top coatings such as Golden Artist Colors MSA Varnish. Do not use water based top coatings on inkAID Clear Gloss as they will dissolve the coating and the print.