1. Always dampen brush or sponge thoroughly with Duncan Brush Cleaner and squeeze out excess before loading with Mask ' Peel to desired areas.
2. Apply one good coat of Mask 'n Peel™ to desired areas.
3. Allow Mask 'n Peel™ to dry thoroughly before applying color over it. Heavy applications of Mask 'n Peel™ tend to dry on the surface before drying underneath. When this occurs, Mask 'n Peel™ peels off in layers. For this reason, any heavy areas should be checked for traces of Mask 'n Peel before proceeding with the technique.
4. When removing Mask 'n Peel™, lift the corner of the masked area with a tool or fingernail, and use fingertips to roll the mask toward the area rather than away from it. In this way, the mask can usually be removed in one peice. However, always check for any small particles that may be left behind.
5. Always use Mask 'n Peel™ in a well-ventilated area.
6. Clean brush in Brush Cleaner and rinse in warm water immediately after use. If Mask 'n Peel™ should accidentally dry in the brush before it can be cleaned, soak in Antiquing Solvent or mineral spirits to loosen residue, then wash in warm, soapy water to complete cleaning. Wipe rim of jar and inside of lid, then close tightly.
Tips & Techniques
1. For underglaze designs: Apply base coat of opaque underglaze color to greenware. Paint design with Mask 'n Peel™ over base coat. When design is thoroughly dry, apply contrasting color over the ware. While color is still slightly damp, lift corner of masked area and peel off. Simple design work can be done with just one application of Mask 'n Peel™. More colorful designs can be acheived with additional layers of Mask 'n Peel™ and color (except translucent underglazes) as long as the mask is removed after each color application.
2. For glaze designs: Paint a design with Mask 'n Peel directly on shelf cone 04 bisque or over 3 coats of dry, unfired glaze applied to witness cone 04 bisque. When mask is dry, apply one coat of a second glaze color, then remove mask while glaze is still slightly damp. As with underglazes, successive applications of Mask 'n Peel and 1 coat of glaze can be used.
3. For nonfired color designs, apply Mask 'n Peel™ directly to bisque for protection of areas while applying adjoining colors or apply over a base-coat color. When mask is dry, apply the adjoining or second color, then remove mask while color is still slightly damp. Repeat as desired.