Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers Q and A

1. What are Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers, and what will they do for my jewelry?

Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint containing pigment suspended in acrylic polymer emulsion. Applied to a metal surface and sealed with resin, sealant or water-based adhesives such as Diamond Glaze™ or Glossy Accents™, acrylic paint will create an imitation enamel effect. Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers are an ideal mess-free paint applicator for use with various jewelry and craft mediums. Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers are acid free and non-toxic. They coordinate beautifully with Adirondack® Alcohol Inks.

2. How do I apply Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers?

You can either brush the paint on using the foam applicator, or you can remove the cap and apply the acrylic paint with a paint brush or foam brush.

3. Is the paint in Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers opaque or transparent?

If applied thickly – either straight from the dabber or with very little water added – or if mixed with a little white paint, acrylic colors can be opaque. If diluted, they can be used like watercolors with a more transparent finish.

4. Is acrylic paint water soluble?

Acrylic paints can be diluted with water but become water-resistant when dry. When acrylic paint is wet, it is water soluble; once it dries, it is permanent.

5. Helpful tips for using the Adirondack® Acrylic Paint Dabbers

Shake the bottle well before using.

When using a dabber for the first time, prime it by inverting the bottle, pressing down on the dabber top and gently squeezing the sides of the bottle. Hold it facing down for approximately 30-60 seconds or until you see paint. The dabber bottle has a valve. When pressed down, the valve opens to allow the paint to flow. Holding the valve open longer allows more paint to properly flow into the dabber top. Do not repeatedly tap, bang or hammer the dabber, as you are not allowing the valve to stay open long enough to deliver the paint into the dabber.

Close the paint top after use to prevent paint from drying on the dabber top.

If a dabber has not been used for an extended period, it may be necessary to re-establish flow. Do this by spraying water on a non-stick craft sheet and rub the dabber top in water. This will help to re-wet the paint inside the dabber top and rejuvenate a continuous flow of paint.

Blend dabber paints on canvas paper, and rubber stamps. To clean mixed colors on the dabber, simply dab it onto a paper towel.

Note: If paints thicken over time, remove the cap, add a little water, and re-mix the paint with a craft stick.

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