inkAID™ White Matte
inkAID White matte precoat provides a bright white, matte surface. It appears translucent upon application and dries white. One moderate to heavy coat is usually enough on most surfaces like plastic, metal, gesso, and glass. Double coating these materials is not recommended. A second coat may be applied on porous surfaces like paper and textiles, if needed. inkAID White matte is a very water resistant coating which can be overcoated with other water based coatings and varnishes.
Directions: Applying inkAID White Matte Precoat
- Check MSDS White Matte for safety instructions in handling this product. Wear protective gloves.
- Stir inkAID White Matte gently, but thoroughly, before applying. The coating will settle slightly into a soft floc over time so it is not unusual to find a a shallow layer of water on the surface. Mix the coating with a clean paint stirrer or metal spatula, making sure to incorporate the soft floc into the coating.
- 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.
- inkAID White Matte can appear translucent when first applied to dark surfaces, but dries to a white, matte, opaque coating.
- When the coating has dried, it may be necessary to press the sheets between two flat surfaces with weight placed on top overnight to smooth out any waviness. For large sheets, it may be helpful to “reverse roll” the sheet (inkAID coated side out) onto a large diameter (6+ inches) cardboard tube to help remove curl and facilitate passage through the printer.
- 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 “matte paper” or “canvas” paper settings as a starting point. inkAID White Matte is water resistant and can be coated with other water based materials, including paints and mediums. The coating also has enough texture to accept dry media like color pencil.
- inkAID White Matte can only be top coated with water based materials such as Golden Artist Colors Polymer Varnish or ClearShield’s Type C liquid laminate. Do not use solvent based top coatings as they may dissolve the inkAID White Matte coating.