inkAID Iridescent Precoats are available in Gold, Silver, Pearl, Red, Blue, Bronze and the new Ultra Lilac and Green colors. Containing true iridescent pigments, these coatings contain an adhesive additive which provides enhanced adhesion to smooth, non-porous surfaces like metal, glass, and plastics. These coatings can also be used on any substrate such as paper, wood, textile, and canvas. inkAID Iridescents provide a beautiful background to print onto. Printers having tracking or guiding wheels can leave marks on non-porous substrates such as plastic, metal, or glass to which inkAID Iridescents have been applied. Porous substrates such as paper with inkAID Iridescent coatings are not of concern.
Directions: Applying inkAID Iridescent Precoats
- Check the MSDS for the selected product (there is a separate MSDS sheet for each color) Pearl — Silver — Gold — Red — Blue — Bronze — Ultra Lilac — Green for safety instructions in handling this product. Wear protective gloves.
- Stir inkAID Iridescents gently, but thoroughly, before applying.
- Foam brushes are the preferred applicator, as they provide a smoother coating than bristle brushes. Brush onto the surface in even strokes, applying a moderate amount of coating. On smooth, non-porous surfaces apply enough coating so that the coating begins to flow and level by itself. A second light coating can be applied if necessary after allowing the surface to dry overnight. On papers and other porous materials, a second coating, applied perpendicularly to the first, is often used. inkAID coatings may be diluted with 5 – 10% water if needed.
- When the coating has dried to the touch the sheet is ready for printing.
- Some modification to your color settings or profile may be necessary for optimal color, especially if you are working on a non-white surface where the inks will be blending with the surface color. Use “semigloss or enhanced matte” paper settings as a starting point.
- Allow the print to dry for a day or two before any top coating is applied. After top coating, you can coat it with other, compatible coatings (such as acrylic medium) for further protection or work over the print with natural media.