The Dala textile paint range includes transparent, neon, metallic, opaque, puff paint, and sun colour, and a variety of fabric mediums. All these products are compatible with one another and come in a wonderful variety of vibrant colours.
Dala fabric paints do not contain any harmful solvents. They have a high pigment-binder ratio and offer a versatile palette to cater for all styles. Being non-toxic and odourless Dala fabric paints are safe to use in an enclosed environment, desirable at home or in schools.
Dala products are entirely free of toxic fumes. The effect of toxic fumes on health can be serious. Teachers have a responsibility to ensure that the safety guidelines for art products they use are followed.
Dala fabric paints are safe to use and conform to ASTM D4236 non toxic standard.
Dala transparent, neon, and sun colour paints are for use on light or bleached fabrics. These colours are transparent and unsuitable for use on dark or coloured backgrounds.
Dala metallic, opaque, and puff paints may be applied either over the transparent colours or directly onto any colour or shade of fabric. These fabric paints can be colour-mixed but not diluted. Opacity with these paints is achieved when pigment is added to an opaque paint base which rests on the surface of the cloth and blocks out the underlying colour.
HEAT SETTING FABRIC PAINT
When fabric has been painted it must always be heat set. Heat setting is temperature and time related. Your paint consists of two resins that bind together at high temperatures. It is this binding that stops your colour from running out and therefore making your paint colourfast. If you don’t reach a high enough temperature and keep the fabric at this temperature for long enough the colour will run. The following is recommended:
Leave to dry then iron on the reverse side for at least four to six minutes at the maximum heat setting recommended for the fabric type. This is an effective method provided you are sure to cover the entire surface area.
Larger items can be tumble dried.
A popular heat setting tool for crafters is their oven. Set your oven to 180 degrees, turn your oven off when it reaches this temperature. Fold your fabric with the colour facing the inside, and place it into a double layer of thick foil, shiny side in. Make sure the foil is properly sealed. Place this parcel into the oven. Leave it in the oven until oven is cool. Remove, undo and re-fold the fabric and place back into the foil, repeating this process a number of times, depending on the size.
Wash fabric in the washing machine on a cold wash or by hand with a mild detergent.
GOLDEN RULES OF FABRIC PAINTING
If you follow these simple rules you should have no problems with the colour fastness of your work.
Always make sure your fabric is clean starches are often used in the fabric manufacturing process. These need to be washed out. Don’t rely on the fabric merchant to tell you if the fabric is ready for print. Wash the fabric if you are uncertain.
If you are painting on a highly synthetic fabric you will need to add Dala Anti Bleed to your paint as these fabrics absorb less paint and bleeding may be a problem.
Don’t use too much paint or fabric liners
If you have glossy areas on your fabric once it has dried you have used too much paint. The fabric can no longer absorb the colour and it lies on the surface and causes a glossy sticky patch. Even after properly heat setting the colour remains glossy and tacky. This cloth will loose all the excess colour in the first few washes. Make sure you do not decorate the cloth with liners before you wash out the excess.