How to Coat a Fine Art Print with Glamour II Veneer

How to Coat a Fine Art Print with Glamour II Veneer


How to hand roll coat a fine art print with
Breathing Color’s Glamour II veneer. What you need to get started. Flat surface – a flat tabletop surface is
needed to avoid puddles or pools of uneven coating that will result in visual defects
in the coating. Distilled water – distilled water is the
cleanest form of water, and is available at any supermarket or drug store. Tap or even
bottled water contain impurities such as chlorine and minerals that may result in unwanted defects
such as water spots, pin holes, bubbles, shimmery areas, or gloss differential. Large measure cup Large mixing container Acid-free stirring device – materials containing
any level of acidity can immediately reduce archivability of your print. Prints introduced
to acidity are subject to yellowing and cracking within just a few days. A common mistake might
include using a wood paint stirring stick to mix Glamour II. Circulation – Window, fan. Although Glamour
II is a very low odor and water-based material, it is important to circulate the air in the
room you are working in. Properly circulated air is highly recommended during the drying
period of Glamour II veneer. Climate – Glamour II is a temperature sensitive
material. In some climates, customers have reported that environments that are too cold
may inhibit Glamour II from properly spreading and bonding with the canvas, which could lead
to cracking while stretching. A space heater may solve this issue. High humidity environments
increase the drying time of Glamour II, and in some cases prevent Glamour II from curing
completely. For best results, we recommend working within the following conditions: Temperature – 55 to 110 degrees Fahrenheit,
or 12 to 44 degree Celsius. Humidity – 75% or less. Low dust and debris – small airborne particles
(dirt or even hair) are among the most important items to be aware of when coating a print.
Try to work in the most dust-free environment that you can. Preparing your Glamour II and Dilluting Glamour II is sold in an airtight, resealable
gallon container. Stir the gallon of the Glamour II coating thoroughly to make sure the consistency
of the coating is even – especially if it has been sitting unused for an extended period
of time. Only remove the amount of Glamour II that you intend to use for your project,
and then replace the lid on the Glamour II container immediately to prevent prolonged
exposure to air. The amount of Glamour II you will need depends
on the size and the amount of prints you wish to laminate. Small jobs may require one half
cup Glamour II, whereas a larger job might require two full cups. Notes for Mixing Glamour II Gloss and Matte
Together Measure Glamour II Gloss and Matte in separate
containers. Recommended mixture ratios: semi-gloss – 75% gloss and 25% matte. Semi-matte – 25%
gloss and 75% matte. Combine both measured Glamour II gloss and matte into a single container.
Using your measuring cup, measure out 25% distilled water and 75% Glamour II, or, one
part distilled water and three parts Glamour II. Customer feedback suggests this mixture
to provide the best results with the easiest application. Glamour II works best when warm. Once you
have measured out the distilled water, heat up the distilled water until about 90 to 99
degrees Fahrenheit. Combine the measured increments of warm distilled water and Glamour II into
a single container. Stir the mixture slowly, for at least one minute or until completely
consistent. Never shake or stir rapidly, as this may cause air bubbles to get trapped
in your mixture, which may cause visible defects on the final piece. Application of Glamour II – Part 1 Pour the Glamour II directly onto your print
from your mixing container. A puddle, roughly one quarter the size of your print, is a great
starting point. Don’t be afraid to use more coating than you think you need – excess
coating can always be pushed aside. Use only the weight of your foam roller to
push the puddle of Glamour II to all edges of the print, making sure to fully saturate
every portion of the canvas. It is best to push the roller in as many directions as possible,
to ensure that the coating is able to work its way into the weave of the canvas. As the canvas absorbs the coating, you will
see small pinholes begin to form. This is normal. These pinholes will eventually be
filled in with more coating during later passes with your foam roller. After the print has
been saturated with coating, take a moment to step around the print to look for dry spots
or areas that you may have missed. Add more coating to these areas directly, and use the
roller to blend until a uniform layer is reached. At this time, allow the Glamour II to settle
for two to three minutes. If there are no dry spots, continue to the next step. If there
are still dry areas, add more Glamour II and spread evenly. Application of Glamour II – Part 2 Now that you have allowed two to three minutes
for the Glamour II to settle, it is now time to smooth out any roller marks or imperfects
in the coating. Timing is critical; do not spend too much time trying to make the print
flawless. The leveling agents in Glamour II will do the majority of the work here. Change your rolling technique from a random
pattern, to either an up-and-down motion or a left-and-right only. At this stage in the
coating process, Glamour II should be slightly sticky and will be accompanied by a tacky
“cling” sound similar to pulling Velcro apart. This is when the leveling agents in
Glamour II veneer are most effective. You will not need more than two passes with the
roller to achieve an “orange peel” texture in the Glamour II. Once that texture is reached, let the Glamour
II dry for at least twenty minutes before moving away from the coating table. As Glamour
II continues to dry, this orange peel texture will be less and less noticeable, until eventually
a smooth surface remains. For some applications, a second or even third coat may be desired
and be applied if necessary, however, one application is typically satisfactory. You should allow twenty to thirty minutes
for your previous coat to set before starting on the next. Repeat the same procedure as
your first coat for all additional coats. Unused Glamour II – Once Glamour II has
been mixed with distilled water, it must be used as soon as possible. Unused or left-over
diluted Glamour II must be stored in an absolutely airtight container and never be used after
two weeks from the original dilution date. After diluted Glamour II has passed the two
week mark, it should be discarded and not used on a fine art print. Never combine unused
Glamour II into the original gallon of undiluted gallon Glamour II. The integrity of the entire
gallon will be compromised and should not be used. Thank you for choosing Breathing Color!

9 Replies to “How to Coat a Fine Art Print with Glamour II Veneer”

  1. hi , is Glamour II just work for Canvas ( Fine Art / Photographic ) or work with photographic paper too ?? …

  2. Just a note but you should not microwave distilled water. It can explode on your hands when removing from the microwave. Not safe. It is not the same as microwaving regular water.

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