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GS User Question- How to Coat Artwork with Clear Acrylic?

07/08/2013 4:23 PM

Here's a user question that perhaps one of our arts and crafts members might know the answer to-

Can I use clear acrylic on paper? I have some artwork on paper and I want to make it "shiny". How would I apply it? This is a personal DIY project.

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07/08/2013 4:42 PM

Yes you can. Krylon (not an endorsement) brand has a good reputation. I have used it before.

But, if shiny is your goal there may be problems. The paper will absorb the coating. Then, as you apply more coats to get that shiny look, the paper will become brittle and may crack, if bent too much.

Maybe others have an idea.

Disclaimer: I am not an artist. I have extensive experience with all types of polymeric materials used in the aerospace and satellite industries.

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07/08/2013 5:11 PM

Sorry, I dunno, I don't like 'shiny'
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07/09/2013 4:26 PM

"Sorry, I dunno, I don't like 'shiny'"

How about camouflage? You like camouflage?

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07/08/2013 5:54 PM

Something like this would work, but it's pricey.

http://www.kbs-coatings.com/diamondfinish-clearcoat.html

There are clear coats out that have to be flexible, and yet stick to the plastic cars we are driving. I'd check the automotive store for something in a spray can. I'd use multiple, very thin coats. Experiment first.

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07/08/2013 6:03 PM

You can try KRYLON crystal-clear, it seems to be good for records, maps and most artwork or the finishes for paper products KRYLON Paper Finishes, there is one for glossy. There are also other products on the site that might help. They are sprays, so I would spray a light coating evenly over the paper trying not to put too much in one area. Let it dry and reapply if needed. There should be instructions on the can also. I have used similar sprays on stamped cards I have made. You might find it in Michael's or online.

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07/08/2013 11:17 PM

How large is the paper sheet?

I presume that you've ruled out "laminating" it. That's a well established process for everything from menus to full size posters.

Most drafting offices would have access to a large size laminator for plans and demonstration posters.

There are different thicknesses of laminate available, so you might need to get a special sheet of "very thin" laminate for the job.

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07/08/2013 11:20 PM

What is the media? If the media is oil or oil pastel forget it. Use varnish. If the media is acrylic then use the Krylon sprays already mentioned. If the media is water color don't do it without testing it first. I would use two sheets of thin acrylic paper for water color and bond them around the edges in a press. Spraying a water-based spray onto a water based media will completely change your shading and coloration.

I have done the finish work on art pieces for many years and I have seen HUGE mistakes made in an effort to make them "last". Be careful and do tests with multiple colors one over the other and next to each other in both broad strokes and fine strokes. Cut your test pieces up and set one swatch aside as a control.

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07/09/2013 5:34 AM

"Shiny" is not much to comment on? Do you want to seal it? Sell it? Polish it?

There are lots of liquids (and laminate films) to achieve not only "shiny" but also
matt, satin, (semi-gloss) etc. finishes. If you only have "one off" I would suggest
you try the local print shop - most usually have a "coating" machine and would likely
put it through the machine for you, maybe free for one off.

If you wish to make a business of it, see the print trade magazines, or online.

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07/09/2013 6:36 AM

Cheapest and easy solution: Get it laminated, I have many sheets laminated and are still in good conditions since many years back.

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Re: GS User Question- How to Coat Artwork with Clear Acrylic?

07/09/2013 10:34 AM

I used clear acrylic to coat artwork on ceramic tiles but found after time it yellowed and I had to remove it- I would suggest do not touch the artwork itself with any product but cover it like laminating

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Re: GS User Question- How to Coat Artwork with Clear Acrylic?

07/09/2013 10:38 AM

Why not get a high speed print shop to scan it then print out a digital copy on shiny paper?

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Re: GS User Question- How to Coat Artwork with Clear Acrylic?

07/09/2013 1:54 PM

"Modge Podge". Use it to stick your artwork to a clear acrylic sheet.

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