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inkAID White Matte Precoating

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Print your digital mixed media images and photographs on almost any material that will run through your printer! Now you can work with the actual ink jet receptive coatings used on commercial ink jet media but on the substrate of your choice.

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.

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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.

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Customer Reviews

A great high-end printing substrate Review by nezzy12
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This product has excellent color rendition. We find it looks almost exactly like Epson ink jet canvas when printed with custom printing profiles. The results are great. Just a few things to note: If it's going on non-porous surfaces you have to evaluate if it adheres correctly. Also, it's not really opaque, it is slightly translucent going on but dries to a an opaque white matte finish. This can slow down the coating process. This product is completely workable as a high-end printing substrate. We make the highest quality fine art prints with this material and are totally satisfied with the results. (Posted on 3/4/14)
Amazing Review by Kale
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All I have to say is that inkAID has been the key to quite a few of my latest crafting projects. I wish I had known about it sooner. (Posted on 12/20/13)
No negatives Review by Danl
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Great imaging product. Flexible, versatile, with tons of different applications. It's the cornerstone of my imaging studio work, along with my Epson printer. (Posted on 12/19/13)
One of my favorites Review by Jennifer
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I love how the inkAID White Matte coating works on thicker art papers. Work and colors are clear and vibrant. Can be applied smoothly or with a "painterly" texture. (Posted on 12/18/13)
Would recommend to a friend! Review by thager
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Love the ink aid product!! I have had great results and am so happy there is a product out there that enables me to expand my printing options! (Posted on 12/16/13)
Effective! Review by freefire
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Used this on artist's canvas, and it worked beautifully! (Posted on 12/15/13)
Excellent results and versatility Review by Elshawnee
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A wonderfully versatile product that presents a multitude of creative possibilities for a variety of substrates. (Posted on 12/14/13)
5 stars Review by Gawfboy
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Great product! Works exactly as described. (Posted on 12/14/13)
11 points Review by artsy
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I love the look of the White Matte coating on antique papers such as Farmer's Almanacs from the 1940s. (Posted on 12/14/13)
One word--Fantastic Review by RJet
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I have used this product and additionally the Clear Gloss Type II and Clear Gloss pre coats for a number of years on various surfaces, many of which are treated with an experimental mix of gessoes, paste and sand mixes on top of unprimed canvas, and boards all of which have given fantastic results to the final work. A great value and addition to my creative process. Thanks so much. RJet. (Posted on 12/10/13)
Great Product Review by Ron
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I had old glossy tabloid paper stock I could not use with my printer. After applying this product, it works great. I'm happy I didn't have to throw away the paper and that the prints turn out so well. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Strong, deep blacks, TOP ! Review by Edouardo
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Very simple to use, the product spreads easily without creating bubbles. It prints well and produces deep blacks.

If only the transportation costs to foreign countries were more accessible. USPS is too expensive. (Posted on 12/9/13)
Great product! Review by Dana - Art Educator
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I teach high school digital art and photography. We use this medium to coat all kinds of surfaces that we then print on them. Sometimes we intentionally crack the surface before printing by adding a thick layer and drying it fast with a hot hair dryer. The effect is great. (Posted on 12/8/13)
Love the effect on sheer fabrics. I find one coat is plenty. Review by JB
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I have used this on very tightly woven cotton, loosely woven cotton, and also on polyester sheers. One coat is enough for good results. Coating the fabric partially gives a good distressed look. I have used both HP and Epson printers with great results. inkAid will coat more fabric than you might guess. (Posted on 12/8/13)
Great product Review by the sandy mom
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I use this product to intensify the color when printing on fabric and it does an amazing job. It does stiffen the fabric but that is to my advantage when using the fabric in collage or wall pieces. Colors on fabric treated with inkAID actually look like the colors on the computer monitor. Yay! (Posted on 12/8/13)

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