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Frequently Asked Questions

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How should I prepare surfaces before painting with FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat does not require a lot of surface prep.  The main concern is to have the surface thoroughly cleaned, and basecoated with FolkArt Acrylics well, prior to applying the topcoat.     Wood – Sand smooth any rough areas, apply a basecoat of acry...

What is the best color to use as a basecoat before applying FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat can be applied over many different colors as well as a variety of different color values.  For the most vivid color effects, apply FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat over a dark color base.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1...

What is the best way to apply FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat can be brushed directly onto most basecoated craft surfaces.  However, it can also be applied on sealed surfaces without a base of color such as glassware or glazed ceramics.    .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8...

Will I immediately see the color shifting properties upon application of FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat, when applied to a surface, will appear milky white while it is wet.  As it dries, the color shifting properties will become apparent. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-b...

Does FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat hold up well on outdoor surfaces?

Absolutely.  FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat is formulated so that it can be used on interior surfaces as well as on surfaces that are outdoor worthy.  By the nature of the acrylic polymers used to make FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat, it is weather resistant.   When cured t...

Can I use water to thin FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

Although FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat is water-based, the use of water to thin the topcoat is not recommended as it will reduce the adhesion properties as well as disperse the optically variable pigments of the topcoat. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right:...

Can FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat be mixed with other paint products?

No, direct mixing of FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat with other paint products will compromise the color, finish and ability to shift colors.  However, you can create a sheen story by layering a matte acrylic paint over sections of Flash Iridescent Topcoat, or by applying the...

Is it necessary to seal or varnish FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat?

No it is not necessary to seal or varnish FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat, as it is self-sealing, and was developed to be used as a topcoat or top finish alone.  .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;border-left: 1px solid #FFF;border-bottom...

How long does it take FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat to dry?

FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat will dry to the touch very quickly, when painted on most surfaces, however, it will take approximately 48 hours before it is cured to surfaces other than glassware or ceramics. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b...

Is it necessary to bake-to-cure FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat when painted on glassware?

Yes, FolkArt Flash Iridescent Topcoat, when applied to glassware, should be baked-to-cure the paint to the glass making it permanent and washable. See  how to cure painted glass projects  to learn more. .tb_button {padding:1px;cursor:pointer;border-right: 1px solid #8b8b8b;bo...
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