Kraftex Creative Cracks Top Coat is Part 2 of a 2 part water based system. This product together with either Kraftex Antique Cracks (Small Cracks or Kraftex Antique Cracks (Large Cracks) will enable you to effortlessly and quickly create a unique decorative “crack” effect on a variety of painted craft, hobby and artistic objects. This product can even be used on large surfaces such as doors and walls.
1. Allow the Kraftex Antique Cracks Base Coat to dry until it looks clear. (A minimum time of 15 minutes and a maximum of 6 hours)
2. Shake the container vigorously.
3. Paint this Kraftex Antique Cracks Top Coat over the Base Coat.
4. Hold your item up to the light to ensure that the whole surface has been covered.
5. Leave to dry and crack for at least 48 hours – if not left for long enough, cracks will appear after the item has been varnished and it will be impossible to fill them with a paint at that stage!
6. Rub artist’s oil paint into the cracks that have appeared, bearing in mind that a little of the paint goes a long way. (Use a nappy liner or kitchen towel, slightly dampening with turpentine, to apply the paint)
7. If there is excess paint, rub the affected surface with a paper towel dampened with mineral turpentine or paint thinners. Then, use a completely dry towel to remove the excess paint.
8. Leave to dry for approximately 24 hours.
9. Your cracked surface can now be sealed, using a mineral-based varnish. (never use a water-based sealant, as this will dissolve the cracks!). Use Kraftex Seal Coat, Kraftex Varnish or Kraftex Pratliglo to do this.
1. If your Top Coat is gel-like (especially in cold weather), heat it slightly by placing some in a container and then putting the container into hot water.
2. If you want to speed up the drying of the Top Coat, blow dry the surface with a hairdryer set on its lowest setting. Alternatively place your object in direct sunlight for a while.