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Transfer Paper

Posted On: 16th of August, 2017
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Need to accurately chalk up your designs?

Our Design Transfer Paper is super handy for tracing your printed or drawn design from paper to your final surface. Whether it's a canvas, wall, sign or other surface, just place this paper between your design and surface and trace over your design. The transfer lines can be brush or washed off after your artwork is complete.

Super handy for replicating logos, making hand painted signs and many other applications.

You can reuse the sheets over and over again, and packs contain 5 sheets of different coloured paper, perfect for any coloured surface.


$18.95 - View in the online store.

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Picture Perfect Varnish

Posted On: 4th of August, 2017
Posted In: Chucks Know-Hows

Which clear coat is right for your project?

MTN's Picture Varnish is designed to complete your fine art works.

This light body, non bulky varnish contains less aggressive solvents than ordinary varnishes, making it suitable to apply on many mediums.

It's an ideal top coat for the protection of your artworks created in acrylics, oils, watercolors, charcoal, etc.

Available in matte, satin or gloss you can choose your preferred finish. If your mixed media artwork contains different gloss levels this top coat will help to make a cohesive finish.

Find Picture Varnish in our online store here.

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Nozzle Guide Updated

Posted On: 2nd of August, 2017
Posted In: Chucks Know-Hows

With so many new nozzles and cans, we have had a good big old play with all the combinations. Our newly revised nozzle guide is out now!

You can download our printable A4 Nozzle Guide (.pdf) here.

See individual nozzles in our online store for extra info, tips and staff recommendations.



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Textured Primer

Posted On: 20th of July, 2017
Posted In: Chucks Know-Hows

Did you know?

Montana make a spray on heavy body primer, perfect for evening out surfaces, filling holes and imperfections or sculpting into your desired texture.

It can be applied to many different surfaces including wood, glass, stone, ceramics, porcelain, acrylic and other non-elastic surfaces

The paint can be moulded while wet to achieve the desired structure, and can be wet sanded after a very short drying time.

See more about this product in our online store.

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Nitro 2G

Posted On: 19th of July, 2017
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Did you Know?

MTN's Nitro 2G Black has been designed to dry extra fast, which prevents metallic pigments underneath from contaminating the top coat.

This matte black is designed to give you superior results when applied over metallics.


View MTN 2G Nitro in the store here.

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Spray Painting Vinyl

Posted On: 28th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

We are often asked recommendations for painting vinyl banners - with so many one use event banners printed, they can be a great surface to repurpose with spray paint, yet can be very frustrating if your paint doesn't stick.

Some spray paint solvents seem to react with the vinyl, either peeling off very easily, or never truly drying - making a huge sticky mess.

We have put our paints to the test and have excellent results with Sugar Artist Acrylic spray paint. This spray paint contains a solvent made from sugar cane alcohol, while most of our paints use acetone based solvents. In our tests Sugar has dried perfectly and creates a surprisingly strong bond to the flexible vinyl. Coming back to our samples several months later and bending and scratching the surface shows no wear and tear.


Check check out our samples for your self in store.

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Painting on Fabric

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

We are often asked for recommendations on painting on to fabric. Most acrylic paints are suitable for fabric surfaces, we stock both tubes of heavy body acrylic, bottles of fluid acrylic and markers filled with fluid acrylic that work great on fabrics.

We have recently put some to the test - you can check out our samples in store.

We chose a very dark denim with stretch to test the products to their full capacity. For our sample shown here we used a Ironlak Basic Acrylic Set (you can also buy individual tubes here) and Ironlak Fluid Acrylic.

We applied the paint with a brush, but Fluid Acrylic can also be put into an empty marker, or purchased as a pre made marker here.

We were impressed with the coverage on dark fabrics, even colours like bright red covered well without any base white coat. We found the tubes of acrylic were a little more flexible on the stretch fabric than the fluid acrylic, though both performed well.

Once completely dry we heat set the design - we used an iron for a few minutes on the back side of the fabric, and on the front covering over the painted section with a light tea towel. A hair dryer or tumble drier could also be used.

We have washed our samples a couple of times in a regular wash cycle with no effect on the design.

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Spraying Styrofoam

Posted On: 14th of March, 2017
Posted In: DIY Projects, Chucks Know-Hows

Did you know you can use some spray paints directly onto Styrofoam?

Many spray paints will eat into Styrofoam soon after painting. This is due to the kind of solvents in the paint.

Sugar Artists’ Acrylic and uses an alcohol based solvent made from sugar cane. It does not attack the foam.

MTN Water Based also contains alcohol as a drying agent, and does not contain solvents that eat foam.

After testing we can recommend that you can safely use MTN Water Based and Sugar Artists’ Acrylic paints directly onto foam with no primer.

Most of the other paints we carry, including our main ranges Ironlak, MTN Hardcore and MTN 94 will all attack the foam, unless an appropriate primer is used. MTN 94 Foam Primer is available which is used as a undercoat to protect the foam, in which case any paint can then be used on top of the primer.