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Make a plain, clear board. Why make a hard job harder?
One of the main things that will make a first board look
unprofessional is sloppy art work. Keep it simple. Be
really different. Leave it plain.
If doing artwork, do it after sanding the hot coat. This
way it can be fixed it if a mistake occurs. If art work is
under or in the cloth it can not be fixed.
Acrylic water based paints work well. This paint is inexpensive,
cleans up easily with water until dry, and can be easily sanded
off when dry. Make double sure acrylic is dry (not just on
the surface). Hobby Lobby and Michaels has acrylic paint in any
color. Avoid any kind of ink pens, including acrylic (I have
not found one pen that will not either run, bleed or, lift).
Latex house paint works well with epoxy but will run with polyester.
Pigmented polyester, pigmented epoxy, and enamel house paint work
also, but are harder to correct. To make sure the paint/resin
is totally dry put it on a test piece at the same time the
art on the board was inked. Test by rubbing or brushing repeatedly
with catalysed resin (try to brush as few strokes as possible on
the final piece). Many paints will run when exposed to resins.
Some inks lift (rise to the surface of the resin as it sets).
Another way to do art work that gives good results is to print
rice paper (www.fiberglasssupply.com ) on a computer printer. This paper will become clear when
saturated with resin. Make at least two copies and test one
with catalysed resin. Do not put it under the cloth.
It may be necessary to cut the paper to fit the printer or go to
Kinko's etc. ( Kinko's have printers for oversize sheets).
The rice paper may need to be taped to another piece of regular
paper to make it feed properly.
Apply the paper to the desired area of the sanded hot coat, using
a squeegee and a small amount of resin. Work the air bubbles
out to the edges with the squeegee. Wipe off the excess resin
and let it harden before putting on the gloss coat. If the
gloss coat is applied directly over the paper the edges will probably
lift after you walk away.
Art work, airbrushing, and spray painting tend to reduce the bond
between the cloth and the blank, or between different resin layers.
Putting pigment in the resin weakens the resin. A plain, clear board
is strong, simple, and cheap.
Make a plain clear board..