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Matting of volumetric objects with IVSATIN liquid.

Sometimes it is required to matte (etch) a type of curve shaped volumetric object . It can be a vase, a glass, an ashtray or a bottle of champagne; it makes no difference. If you want to etch any commemorative inscription or event date on this topic, then it is quite possible to do this with the help of IVSATIN matting paste. There is nothing complicated. Glue the stencil, press it with a roller, heat it with a hairdryer, seal unprotected areas nearby with tape, apply IVSATIN paste. After 10 minutes; wash the glass with soap and remove the stencil. Finally clean the glass from the remnants of the adhesive layer of the stencil. Your product is ready! Note: the matting process is best done the next day so that the stencil adheres well to the surface of the glass.
However, you can decorate the same subject much more spectacularly. You can matte it completely, and leave the drawing or inscription intact, that is, shiny. This cannot be done with paste because the paste is intended for local use. In this case, IVSATIN glass matting (etching) liquid comes to the rescue. With it, you can deprive a bottle, a vase, or a glass of all its glitter, leaving a glossy picture or a commemorative inscription.
To begin, consider a very important point: do not use products from cheap low-quality glass as a blank for matting (etching). For example, Chinese stemware from the market. They will be poorly matted (etched). Perhaps they are just covered in places with white spots. The result is disappointing with spoiled materials. You should also not use bottles from cheap alcoholic drinks in matting. Remember, the more expensive the contents of the bottle, the more expensive and better its packaging, that is, the glass from which the bottle is made.
So, for work you will need:
  • • stencil carved from a plotter on a self-adhesive film ORACAL
  • • special mounting film for transferring the stencil to the workpiece
  • • the workpiece to be matted (etched)
  • • plastic container slightly higher than the product, and wider by a couple of centimeters
  • • matting fluid IVSATIN etching glass
The key to the successful matting of any glass object is the high-quality surface preparation, which consists in thoroughly degreasing the glass with a special glass detergent based on ammonia. Solvents cannot be used, since they leave a thin film on the glass. They will be visible in light at an angle, which will interfere with the chemical process of frosting the glass. It is advisable to do all work in cotton gloves as not to leave greasy fingerprints on a clean glass.
After degreasing the surface, we proceed to transfer the stencil. How to do this is described in the "secrets of the stencil".
We roll the stencil with a roller, press the edges with any piece of rubber, and leave it for 24-48 hours to dry the adhesive layer. Remember: after transferring the stencil to glass, it is necessary to withstand the workpiece, otherwise, due to poor adhesion, the film of the stencil will peel off from the glass due to the matting solution. And your product will be damaged. To prevent this from happening, it is better not to rush. For reliability, the glued stencil can be heated with a household hairdryer to 50 ° C.
Fluid level calculation
So, your product is ready for matting. Before filling the working tank with IVSATIN matting fluid, you must first determine the level at which the matting liquid will be poured. Because when the object is immersed, the level will rise and the solution may splash over the edge, or you will matte places that, for example, you didn’t want to matte. To prevent this from happening; first pour plain water into the tank, immerse the workpiece, and experimentally determine what level the liquid will rise to when immersing an object for frosting. If necessary, adjust this level by adding or removing part of the water to the desired height.
Once you have determined the level to which you want to matte (etch) your product is found. Mark it with a marker on the wall of the container in which you will matte the product. Pour IVSATIN matting liquid up to the line that you marked. Now you will be sure that when a part is immersed in a solution, its level will not rise above the point to which you need to matte your product.
Matting process
The moment of matting itself is the final phase of the entire process in processing the subject as a whole. It is not more than 15% of the total work on matting. The remaining 85% falls on preparatory work and on the quality of which the final result depends.
So, the product is neatly placed in a solution poured to the desired level. Immersing an object in a liquid should be quick, without stopping (but neatly) without creating strong fluctuations in the solution.
Important! After placing an object in the liquid, by no circumstance touch it with your hands until the matting process is complete.
After 8-10 minutes, carefully remove the item and wash it with running water and soap. If necessary (if you are unsatisfied with the result), the matting process can be repeated by immersing the object (after a wash) back into the solution for another 5-8 minutes. This will help obtain a more uniform matting (unless, of course, you damaged the stencil on the glass when washing). Rinse the item (!) In the most thorough way. Unwashed salts after being dried can get the appearance of white spots, which are very difficult to remove.
When matting glass with IVSATIN liquid, 90% of your success depends both on the glass itself and on the quality of preliminary washing of the surface workpiece. If the glass is poorly degreased, or has a very heterogeneous composition on the surface (areas with different silicon densities), then the glass will be matted with spots. Where there is more silicon, the etching process goes faster and respectively these places will be whiter.
Follow all these recommendations, and you will succeed in the best possible way!
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