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C. FAQ – Application

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  1. Overview
  2. Compatibility
  3. Application
    1. General
    2. Metal
    3. Canvas
    4. Fine Art/Handmade Papers
    5. Fabric
  4. Troubleshooting

III. Canvas

Q. Can inkAID be applied to artist’s canvas?
A. Yes, all inkAID products are compatible with both raw and gessoed canvas. Check your printer specifications regarding the maximum thickness of material which can go through printer before printing on any material.
Q. How should I apply inkAID to canvas so that it doesn’t warp and buckle?
A. The best way to coat canvas to keep it completely flat is to mount the uncoated canvas on stretcher bars 6” wider in both directions than your final stretched canvas will be. (You’ll lose those extra six inches when you trim and mount the printed piece). Apply one sufficient coats of whichever inkAID product you choose, allowing the surface to dry a full 24 hours. Always test small pieces of canvas first to determine the optimum amount of coating to apply for printability. Trim the canvas off the front surface of the stretcher bars after it’s completely dry. 
Q. Will I be able to paint acrylic or oil paint over a print on inkAID coated canvas?
A. If you’ve used inkAID White Matte precoat on your canvas, the inkjet print is waterproof and can be painted over with acrylic or oil paints. An inkjet print on canvas coated with a any of the clear inkAID products will be water soluble and may move with acrylic. Use an isolation coat over the print you try to add acrylics or oil paint.
Q. How should I store my canvas coated with inkAID?
A. Roll the canvas (surface facing out) around a 3-inch cardboard tube, then wrap paper around the canvas. Keep the canvas in a cool, dry, dark place until you’re ready to use it.