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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

IV. Fine Art/Handmade Papers

Q. Is inkAID compatible with any kind of paper?
A. Yes, all inkAID products are compatible with any kind of paper, including fine art and handmade papers. 
Q. Which inkAID products do you recommend using with fine art or handmade papers?
A. Generally, any of inkAID Clear coatings are used as these will allow the underlying color and fibers of the paper to show through. inkAID White Matte or any of the inkAID Iridescents are often used on color papers to produce dramatic effects.
Q. How should I apply inkAID to paper?
A. The easiest and most commonly used method is to apply inkAID with a foam or good quality bristle brush. A foam brush will lay down an even, smooth coating while a bristle brush can produce brush marks that add an extra visual to your print. Make sure the paper is on a flat, easy to clean surface. Deprending upon the paper, it may be useful to tape the corners down using low tack 3M blue painters tape to keep the paper from culing. Pour a small amount of inkAID into a bowl and work from that. Brush coating onto the paper in a single direction and while still wet, coat again by brushing in a direction perpendicular to the first. Allow the paper to dry completely, 4-5 hours (the drying process can be sped up using a hair dryer set on “cool”). Allow the coating to dry. After ensuring that the piece lies completely flat you’re ready to print!
Q. My paper is warping and bending as it dries. How can I fix this?
A. The normal reaction of porous substrates, which usually contain material like cellulose fiber, is to absorb water and swell. This will cause the substrate to moderately buckle and curl upon drying. To reduce the amount of curl, the substrate can be hung from a thin wire (using metal clips or clothespins) after coating, allowing gravity to pull down and remain flat as it dries. Metal clips can be placed to the bottom of the hanging substrate to add additional weight. If the substrate is still curled after drying, it can be pressed flat using several methods. One is to place it between two flat pieces of material such as plexiglas and loading a heavy weight upon it overnight or up to two or three days. Another method is to place the substrate between several pieces of parchement or wax paper and using a moderately hot iron to remove the curl. Yet another method, if you have the equipment available, is to press the substrate flat in a heat press.