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B. FAQ – Compatibility

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    5. Fabric
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Q. What printers are compatible with inkAID coated media?
A. inkAID products are designed to be used with inkjet printers only; no laser printers. That being said, any inkjet printer using dye or pigment-based inks can be used. There are a couple of technical details regarding printers that artists using inkAID need to be aware of: cartridge head clearance is of utmost importance – you risk damaging your printer if you try to feed media thicker than the cartridge head clearance. Consult the technical specifications of your printer to find out the maximum thickness of media that can be put through the printer. Pizza, or tracking wheels, are another concern – some printer models have wheels that run across the top of the substrate after printing. Media coated with inkAID White Matte precoat won’t have a problem with tracking wheels, as the ink dries on contact. If you’ve coated your substrate with a clear inkAID product (inkAID Clear Semi-Gloss, Clear Gloss, or Clear Gloss Type II), however, the ink may not dry quickly enough and the tracking wheels will drag through it, creating unwanted lines on your image. 
Q. Do you offer printer profiles for inkAID products?
A. We do not provide profiles, as applications using inkAID are so varied. In the vast majority of cases, using the profile settings included with your printer or color management software (matte, gloss, etc.) will produce excellent printing results. Be sure to set the printer profile to the inkAID coating you are using, such as the "matte" setting for inkAID white matte and the "gloss" setting for inkAID Gloss coatings. 
Q. Do inkAID coatings provide the equivalent of commercially available pre-coated paper or canvas?
A. Yes, they do. inkAID coatings are the sameink jet receptive coatings used on commercially produced ink jet media. inkAID White Matte coat produces a surface identical to commercially coated matte or flat white canvases and paper. The inkAID clear coatings (inkAID Clear Semi-Gloss, Clear Gloss, and Clear Gloss Type II) will produce a glosssurface, the same as commercially available semi-gloss or gloss finish papers and stretch canvases. 
Q. Which Epson Ultrachrome inks are most compatible with inkAID products?
A. Both matte and photo black Epson Ultrachrome inks work well. With the clear inkAID products (Clear Semi-Gloss, Clear Gloss, and Clear Gloss Type II), artists sometimes prefer to use the photo black ink.
Q. Are inkAID products known to react adversely to paper sizing agents such as Hercules ‘Aquapel’ polyvinyl acetate (PVA), sodium carboxymethylcellulose (CMC), rice starch, wheat starch, or to additives such as titanium dioxide (like Liquitex acrylic gesso) and calcium carbonate?
A. No. The materials mentioned are common “papermaking” materials, and as inkAID is regularly used with paper, the ingredients in the coatings will not react with them.
Q. Will encaustic wax adhere to inkAID coated surfaces?
A. Yes, encaustic wax adheres well to substrates coated with any of the inkAID products.
Q. Do the inkAID coatings react favorably when used over acrylic grounds?
A. Yes. There is no problem using any of the inkAID coatings over an acrylic ground.