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inkAID Clear Gloss Type II

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inkAID Clear Gloss Type II coating provides a clear, gloss surface that allows the underlying surface to show through. Printed images are clear and vibrant, with deep blacks. It contains an adhesive material that provides very good adhesion to non-porous materials such as aluminum, copper, metal foil, marble and plastics such as Mylar, Lexan, Plexiglas, and Acetate. It can also be used on porous materials such as watercolor and printmaking papers, Japanese rice paper and other handmade and specialty papers, fabrics, canvas, wallpaper, and wood veneer. Non-porous surfaces require one heavy coat while porous materials will need a light to moderate coating applied. inkAID Clear Gloss Type II is not water resistant. If the print is to be top coated use only solvent based top coatings and varnishes.

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inkAID Clear Gloss Type II coating provides a clear, gloss surface that allows the underlying surface to show through. Printed images are clear and vibrant, with deep blacks. It contains an adhesive material that provides very good adhesion to non-porous materials such as aluminum, copper, metal foil, marble and plastics such as Mylar, Lexan, Plexiglas, and Acetate. It can also be used on porous materials such as watercolor and printmaking papers, Japanese rice paper and other handmade and specialty papers, fabrics, canvas, wallpaper, and wood veneer. Non-porous surfaces require one heavy coat while porous materials will need a light to moderate coating applied. inkAID Clear Gloss Type II is not water resistant. If the print is to be top coated use only solvent based top coatings and varnishes.

inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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 clear, gloss ink jet media.

Provides excellent print quality. It produces clear, vibrant colors with deep blacks.

Has very good adhesion to metals that are properly prepared to accept water based coatings.

Will not add a significant amount of thickness to your media. Materials coated with inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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 Type II Coating

All inkAID coatings work best at 70F – 80F, from initial stirring to application.

inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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 Type II 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 Type II coating into another clean container.

Make sure all of your tools and brushes are clean and dry before beginning work.

Store inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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.

When printing on non-porous materials such as metal and film keep in mind that the Clear Gloss Type II coating has the job of absorbing the ink and so a heavy coat of Clear Gloss Type II is required.

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 Type II Coating

Always work with clean tools and brushes.

Stir inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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 Type II 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. When coating non-porous materials apply one 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.

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.

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 Type II coating? Start by using the same print 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

When printing metals and other non-porous materials allow 2 - 3 days, depending upon ambient humidity and temperature, for the print to dry before applying top coatings.

inkAID Clear Gloss Type II 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 Type II as they will dissolve the coating and the print.

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Customer Reviews

My preferred Inkjet receptive medium Review by David
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I have been using inkAID Clear Gloss Type II on primed aluminum panels, 44" x 96" and printing on an Epson 9800. I then form the printed sheets into sculptures. I've found that I get a smoother coverage from inkAID then similar Golden Product. The printed ink is very vibrant with great luster. The adhesion on aluminum is as good as can be expected with a water-based medium on a non-porous surface, so I have been clear-coating the final pieces with a clear varnish designed for metal. Although I yearn for a solvent based inkjet receptive coating, as the ink remains fragile until the clear-coating dries completely, this product does what I need it to do. (Posted on 1/6/14)
Basically a great product Review by Bob NIA
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Basically a great product. Have had no problems. Works well. (Posted on 1/3/14)
Experience using inkAID Clear Gloss Type II Review by macpeck
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I’m using the product over .030” thick primed 3' by 4' fiberglass panels which have been hand gilded with composition gold or real copper leaf, then cured and sealed with lacquer. I am also using it in conjunction with another product as a base for a custom crackled surface. Once the panels are completed I'm printing them with my large, principally floral, images.

I have found the adhesion to the lacquer is OK but even better over a water based acrylic sanding sealer which I apply over the lacquer (backwards from usual).

Trying to get as perfect a surface as possible before printing on my 44” Epson, I finally gave up on foam brushes (though they are OK for smaller pieces). Having tried spraying, I and a professional finisher tried five different spray setups, including the DUX, several HVLP’s with tips sizes up to .028”, and a conventional Binks setup with the 3M PPS pressurized cup system. So far, these have failed to get good atomization (very surprising). I am planning further experimentation.

I then tried the #90 Mayer rod inkAid carries in a 39” length and ended up getting excellent results. I incorporated the rod into a custom built table which uses pulleys, cables and a hand crank to draw the rod evenly over its length with great success. It took awhile to get coordinated pouring the precoat out in front of the rod while cranking but I can now easily apply an even, full coverage, coat to the 3’ x 4’ panels by myself. It is much faster than attempting foam brushing and a fraction of the hassle of spraying.

I also always use a 190 micron paint filter for the precoat, especially for the material I recycle from the application table.

I learned the hard way the inkAID Clear Gloss Type II is sensitive to lower temperatures (< 70F). If it gets inconsistent in viscosity, warming it up in a bath of hot water with stirring brings it right back (a tip I got from Jim).

More importantly, don’t let your room temperature get too cool during dry time (into the 50‘s or low 60’s) or you will get a bad hazed texture in areas of the surface. I keep the studio 70º or better now during cure time to be safe and am getting excellent results.

Regarding printing profiles, I had custom profiles made for my Epson for the inkAID Gloss Type II and inkAID Translucent Gloss precoats but, in the end, got better results with the Enhanced Matte settings on the printer. I work with a NEC color calibrated monitor and the accuracy with the Clear Gloss Type II is really quite good. (Working with the Translucent Gloss precoat, you will pickup saturation and contrast but if you tone your file down a bit with a Saturation adjustment layer you will get unusually crisp results with a lot of visual punch.)

Using the Epson pigment inks, I have gotten mixed results with different water based top coatings for a final, protective print coating (especially when going over the metal leaf) so have gone back to the solvent based UV lacquer from Clearjet. You will need a professional setup to spray it but the results are consistently excellent.

In short, outside of wishing the inkAID Clear Gloss Type II was more sprayable, it’s an excellent, professional level product.

This is a link to my website showing the types of images I am using: http://www.scottpeckphoto.com/

Good luck!

macpeck (Posted on 12/31/13)
Helped me on my path to being a mixed media artist Review by SG
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Really a fantastic product. I use it on metals, plastics, fiberglass, glass, fabric and more. I love how easy it is to get a nice even coat even with just a foam brush. It's a product that I will be buying over and over again! (Posted on 12/19/13)
Excellent product. Works exactly as advertised! Review by Joshua Niven
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I use InkAID Clear Gloss Type II for creating murals out of aluminum and leafed plastics. My experience with this product has shown me that it can be used on just about any surface you could imagine running through an inkjet printer. Never had a problem that wasn't user error. (Posted on 12/16/13)
Excellent product Review by Doro
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This product is easy to use and goes on fabric smoothly. A plus of using this is that it is clear...love that. (Posted on 12/15/13)
Great for smooth surfaces Review by drjho
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I use this on metals frequently and to overcoat prints so I can add a second layer. I often merge foils or metal tape onto sections as well and use this so I can print over the background. I like this product because it is clear and doesn't require adhesive coats. It is really versatile. (Posted on 12/14/13)
Great for Aluminum. Review by Fpoor
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I have had great results with this product on aluminum. Clear Gloss Type II eliminates the need for adhesive. I prepared the aluminum with 150 grit sandpaper and the inkjet prints were excellent. (Posted on 12/12/13)
Excellent results Review by artquilter
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For bright true colors, I use the product on cotton, silk, Lutradur or polyester fabric that I digitally print using pigment inks. Fabric is absorbent so prints without inkAID may look washed out. The product does change the hand of the fabric making it stiffer and it is not washable. The firm substrate provides a good surface for extensive thread painting. (Posted on 12/10/13)
Solid Product Review by Albert
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Product helped me take my work in a new direction. Happy with results. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Works as advertised Review by zohar
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Easy to apply; lets the colors of the substrate shine through. Recommended strongly. (Posted on 12/9/13)

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