Stroke & Coat
The following application recommendations are based upon the original product development intent and use for the product. Information on alternative application methods is listed in the section "Usage Variations and FAQ's".
- Shake for 5-6 seconds before use. Dispense glaze onto a palette (tile, plate, etc.) and apply with your brush or decorating accessory of choice (sponge, stamp, etc.).
- For all-over coverage we recommend using broad bristled soft brush.
- One coat will produce a translucent finish with subsequent coats increasing the opacity. For most applications three coats will be sufficient for complete opaque coverage.
- When the wet look has gone from the first coat you may apply the next coat of Stroke and Coat flowing rather than brushing the coats of glaze.
- Let dry and fire to shelf cone 06 or 05. We do not recommend "force" drying (using a hair dryer, for example) as you may experience cracks or crevices in the fired finish.
Usage Variations & FAQs
Stroke & Coat® fires to a gloss finish and does not require clear glaze. Clear glaze maybe used to enhance the glossiness of the fired finish. Apply the clear glaze according to manufacturer's directions over the unfired Stroke & Coat®and fire once. Note: The amount of non toxic glaze deposited can affect the fired results. If too much glaze and clear glaze is applied you may experiences dull or "milky" fired finishes. If this occurs, adjust the number of glaze layers applied, lighten the amount of glaze on your brush, etc. - whatever is needed to reduce the total amount of glaze placed on the ware. For pieces already fired - you may improve the fired finish by refiring either at shelf cone 06 or cone 05 and adding a hold/soak time at the end of the firing cycle (10-15 minutes).
All colors are luster compatible.
Stroke & Coat® will remain moderately dimensional when applied in a concentrated area. To create a raised line with a brush: layer 4 to 6 coats, allowing each coat to dry before applying the next. You can also use a detailer bottle or slip trailer to create raised lines: apply 2-3 layers, again allowing each layer to dry between applications.
Gases and moisture will escape from the greenware during firing, so it is best to leave a portion of the ware unglazed - for example: the back of a tile, the foot of a vessel- to avoid pin-holing or craters. If you do completely glaze a greenware piece you may also experience a dulling of the gloss finish. If this occurs you can apply a clear glaze and refire to cone 06 or cone 05 to get a gloss finish. Always test to see if Stroke & Coat® will work on your specific greenware project.
Many of the Stroke & Coat® colors perform well at mid range (cone 5-6) and high (cone 9-10) temperatures. Darker colors - green, red, blue, orange, purple - will maintain much of their original color value (they may darken a bit compared to cone 06 results). Lightly pigmented colors - pink, yellow, tan, lighter purples - will fade. Always test to see if this application variance will work on your specific project. The cone 6 color information is found on the left hand side of the label for each Stroke and Coat® color. Mayco recommends testing for clay body compatibility prior to use on work.
Stroke & Coat® glazes are compatible with all Mayco glazes and with many competitive glazes. It is not recommended to design on top of fluid, moving glazes, such as Crystalites™ and Elements™, as then work will become distorted.
Stroke & Coat® is a heavy-bodied glaze that smooths-out and heals imperfections during the glaze application process. It can withstand over firing without fading and it is tolerant of many types of bisque and clay bodies. It is not fluid like many gloss glazes - it behaves more like a traditional underglaze as it "stays put" where it is applied. It's like having 4 or 5 different glazes in one bottle - a Wonderglaze™ for bisque and clay.