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The shelves of a kiln are quite expensive, so anything that you can do to save them is well worth it.
There are many brands of kiln wash and you can buy it at any pottery or ceramic shop.
You should paint all your shelves and walls of your kiln with kiln wash.
This is to protect your shelves from globs of glaze that can melt and run off of a piece of pottery or ceramic.
Some people put a layer of sand on their shelves instead of using kiln wash, but I think there is too much monkeying around doing that than using the wash, a lot messier too!

Sometimes kiln wash is used in the decorative process of pottery and ceramic pieces.
Just paint a design with it on your project and then glaze with a color of your choice, dry and fire to the Cone temperature for the glaze.
The kiln wash will not let the glaze stick where it has been painted and your design will be the color of the bisque.

Lee's Super Incredible Kiln Wash

Kiln Wash is poured onto center of kiln shelf.
If your shelf is very porous, you can dip the brush in water and this will help the flow.

Lee's Super Incredible Kiln Wash 2

Kiln Wash flows very easy.
Pull the kiln wash from center of shelf outward to the edges.

Now, you can wash all sides of your shelf and flip the shelves on alternate firings which is good kiln shelf practice. This will help prevent the shelves from re-oxidizing and going through the stress that eventually cause warping, cracking and fatigue.

No Flaking!

Most Kiln Washes contain materials, which bind the kiln wash to the shelf better.
It minimizes or eliminates the problem of kiln wash flaking off of the shelf.

Easy Flow Application!

Kiln wash contains wetting agents which, in combination with other additives, make the kiln wash flow more easily over the shelves as it is applied.
Add flocculates to the mix which also improves its working properties.

More... Kiln Wash increases the melting temperature of Alumina so that this kiln wash is able to stand up to higher temperatures, much higher than you would normally fire pottery or ceramics.
You can thin it with water.
If your glazes do not run, one coat of Kiln Wash will be enough.
If there is any danger of your glazes running, it would be a good idea to put on two or three coats.
The thickness of each coat that should be put on will result in the use of two to three ounces of kiln wash, per square foot, per coat.
Kiln Wash will bind the old wash to your shelf and will help to eliminate an old flaky situation.
Frequent Kiln Washing will save you money, protect your shelves and kiln better, allowing you to use less kiln wash.

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