WHAT ARE IODINE PAINT INLAYS? IOD Paint Inlays are art products that are revolutionising the DIY industry. IOD Paint Inlays are the artisan answer to decor transfers. They are not decals, they are not synthetic film, they are not decoupage. When you apply an IOD Paint Inlay, the paint is physically embedded into the surface of your project. When dry, the backing paper is removed, leaving an authentic painted design and a buttery soft, almost leather-like surface on your piece. Basic steps for use Step 1: Plan the layout of your designs for your surface. Step 2: Using the grids on the back of the insert sheet, trim as needed and set aside. If you are using a repeating pattern and aligning the pattern continuously, trim off the excess border on each sheet. Step 3: Apply a generous and even coat of mineral chalk-based paint to a suitably prepared surface. Work in small sections to control the window in which the paint dries as you work, generally no larger than 12" x 16". Step 4: While the paint is still wet, place the insert sheet with the design facing down (there are grids printed on the back to make it easy to distinguish front and back) into the wet paint and hold it taut. Step 5: Spray lightly with an even mist of water. Use a smooth, damp sponge, a soft, folded cloth or the small IOD Silicone Paint Blade to apply with even, light pressure and ensure the design makes good contact with the painted surface. Avoid excessive moving or pulling of the Paint Inlay film after application as this can cause blurring or smudging. Step 6: Repeat steps 3 to 5 to complete your design, aligning the sections accordingly. The grid lines will help you to adjust the edges of the design if needed. Step 7: Allow the inlay to dry on the surface. Drying time can vary from 10 minutes to an hour depending on conditions. Step 8: When you are ready to remove the Paint Inlay sheets from your surface, spray them evenly with water and allow them to soak for 30 seconds to allow the backing material to release. Start at one corner and gently pull the paper upwards, holding it at a low angle. It should peel off easily without tearing. If it does not, spray it a second time, wait a moment and then try again. Step 9: If you like, you can smudge or soften the design with water, as the pigments are still mobile and active. You can even add additional colours. Step 10: When you are happy with the Paint Inlay design, allow your project to dry completely. Drying time depends on the thickness of the paint layers, the amount of water used, room temperature and weather conditions. If the surface feels cold, it is not completely dry. To be sure, wait 24 hours. Step 11: Now it is time to seal the surface.