If painting/staining/layering before application, make sure the basecoat of paint/stain/layers are completely dry before application of Transfer Gel. For best results let surfaces dry overnight before Transfer Gel application. Note: Raw, stone, and untreated surfaces may need to be sealed with Artisan Enhancements™ Clear Topcoat prior to Transfer Gel application. These types of surfaces absorb too much of the medium resulting in a weaker bond between the surface, gel, and image. Additionally, some paint formulas re-open readily with the reintroduction of moisture. If you’re concerned about the paint re-opening, seal the painted surface with Artisan Enhancements™ Clear Topcoat or Clear Finish prior to Transfer Gel application.