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Spray Paint Guide - Effects and finishes

The Montana range offers a variety of specialist paints, finishes and effects as well as their premium range of Black and Gold colour ranges. The effects range can provide an extra dimension of creativity to any project such as the marble or granite sprays. The Whiteout and Blackout sprays are ultra covering and ultra thick and are perfect for creating the blackest blacks and the whitest whites.

The technical range provides everything from varnish, adhesives, primers and much more. Below are a few options from each range.

1. The Marble Effect range comes in black, white, or silver and utilises a calligraphic cap that ejects the paint in extremely fine paint strands, which creates a convincing marble effect to any project. It can be used on a wide range of different surfaces such as paper, cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, acrylic and other paintable materials, and can be top-coated with various Montana lacquers once thoroughly dry. 

An example of the results that come from the marble range of paints

2. Similar to the marble range, the Crackle Effect from Montana uses a special cap to give controlled but unpredictable coverage. It is advisable to start with a basecoat as the thicker the coating the stronger the effect will be. The basecoat requires at least 45 minutes of drying time for the effect to work properly. After extensively applying the effect to the primed area, the cracking process will begin to occur. The spray has a high coverage and can be top-coated when fully dry and cured after 24 hours using any acrylic based paint. The range also comes in a variety of 6 colours.
The crackle effect from Montana can produce a vintage or distressed look to any project.

3. The Glitter eEffect from Montana produces a glossy translucent paint with silver coloured glitter particles for a metallic effect. The spray can be used on a variety of surfaces such as paper, cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, acrylic, and other paintable materials. After being applied, a thin shiny lacquer coat will show with a fine distribution of glitter particles. Further coats will lead to a higher density of particles and will intensify the effect. We recommend finishing your project with a gloss or varnish to enhance the metallic effect. It is also worth considering that the colour and gloss level of the undercoat will significantly influence the final result. 
The glitter effect can be used to instantly add a space element to any piece of work.

4. The granite effect Granit Effect is a water-based spray that consists of fine plastic particles for a deceptively realistic granite look. The spray can be used on many different surfaces such as paper, cardboard, primed canvas, wood, glass, metal, ceramics, porcelain, stone, polystyrene, and other paintable acrylic materials. For best results we recommend priming your surface when using light coloured Granit shades, particularly when painting on dark surfaces. We also suggest using a primer or texture spray, as either will enhance the effect even more. The paint can also be top-coated once properly dry and comes in a variety of 4 colours.
The Granit effect can be used to create a slightly texturized and grainy look to any painting or project.

5. The Nightglow Effect is a high-grade acrylic paint that contains luminescence-pigments, which stores light during the day and emits in darkness. This luminescence-effect is only visible in total darkness and the length of time depends on the intensity and thickness of the paint layer, we recommend you apply multiple layers of the effect on a primed surface for satisfying results. The highest possible degree of glow is immediately after loading the painted object with light before it begins to fade away. For the best possible glow, use in a completely dark environment without any light sources and use a strong source of light to load the effect paint. We recommend using a varnish to seal the paint and increase longevity.
Although the results are highly temporary, the effect is quite impressive, especially when used in a large mural.
6. The range of primers from Montana is essential for preparing porous surfaces such as certain types of plastics, metal and Styrofoam. It enables excellent adhesion and further coating of synthetic, nitro-combi, or acrylic spray paints and can even prime wood and leather. Once a primer has been applied to a surface, the finished result will last longer as well as your can of paint. With all of the primer range, they are easy to sand and recoat if necessary and come in a range of three suited to specific surfaces.
The rust coloured doughnut shown on the can above tells us the primer is for metals. 

7. The range of varnishes from Montana comes in matt, gloss or semi-gloss finishes and is all acid free, quick drying, and made with an acrylic base. Like most of the Montana range the sprays can be used for both interior and exterior purposes and don't cause yellowing or desaturation like some varnishes do. The range is especially useful for protecting artworks from oxidation when painted on canvas, paper, charcoal drawing, bast fibre, wood, photos, and many others. It is also important to remember to clean surfaces that may be dusty, oily or rusted before applying the varnish.

The varnish range provides a highly effective way of increasing longevity in finished projects.

8. If you need to start from scratch, fear not, as the remover spray from Montana is an effective paint stripper in a can that dissolves and removes lacquers quickly and thoroughly. The spray is effective on surfaces including walls, clay bricks, stone, concrete surfaces, marble, asphalt, glass, metal, and wooden surfaces as well as others. Depending on the quality and age of the paint you want to remove, waiting time can be shortened or extended up to 24 hours. The procedure can be carried out multiple times if necessary
The removal spray is a last resort and shouldn’t take precedence over meticulous planning.

9. The adhesive spray from the Montana tech range is highly useful for those who are into arts and crafts, especially the crafts aspect. The spray comes in both permanent and repositionable types and can work on surfaces including foam, jute, felt, textiles, insulating material, expanded polystyrene, plastics, foils, paper, cardboard, and wood. Before use, it is important to remember to only spray the adhesive on clean, dry and non-greasy surfaces for the best results and also to prime porous surfaces with a thin layer before applying.
The adhesive spray can be used for mounting as well as unlimited craft possibilities.
10. The acetone spray is a multi-purpose thinner that can remove residues of paint, lacquer, silicone, wax, and tar and also de-grease areas. It can be used to prepare a surface before painting, as well as to clean up any residue and unwanted splatter that may appear when using spray paint. It is suitable for use on surfaces such as porcelain, glass, ceramics, blank metals and many others, and evaporates quickly without leaving any residue. Another benefit of the spray is the ability to clean caps simply by attaching them to the can and spraying in short bursts.
The acetone spray is an effective paint thinner and can be used in a variety of situations. 
11. The dust cleaner spray is perfect for cleaning surfaces without actually having to make physical contact with your project, which prevents unwanted smudges and blemishes. It is also useful for removing loose dirt and grime from hard to reach areas, which can be very helpful especially with craft projects that have lots of nooks and crevices. 
The dust cleaner can be a very helpful instrument and a reliable addition to any repertoire of craft tools.