Frequently Asked Questions
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I recently finished my kitchen walls with a decorative finish and I'm now wondering if I should use a wall sealer over the finish? It has a lighter undertone color, and the top coat is brighter and applied with damp teeshirt in a random swirling pattern. I used satin paint.
Definitely in an area that is a high traffic area and spill prone, I would recommend a wall sealer. This will allow you to clean the walls with out harming them. Our Wall Sealer will do the job wonderfully. It also has some UV protective qualities in it that will help keep your finish from fading.
I have a gold mirror (dining room) that I would like to tone down. Is there a way to glaze or antique the finish?
We have the perfect product for you. Its called Toner. Toner is a translucent water-based product used for aging any object except your walls. All you would do is apply the Toner all over the gold frame and the wipe it back leaving it in the crevasses. For more info click here to download our gilding instructions and look for Step 4.
I am planning to paint my kitchen cabinets white & would like a glaze or antique finish to tone down?
We have the perfect product for you. Its called Toner. Toner is a translucent water-based product used for aging any object except your walls. Toner works great over furniture. Click here to find out more about Toning furniture and look for Step 3.
I want to paint an old pie safe that I got at a yard sale. It was in need of some repair. A couple shelves had to be replaced. So I have raw wood and also the white paint that was on the rest of the cabinet. What do I do to get the two surfaces to match? Does it matter that the base is white?
This is the perfect project for caromal colours materials. First, remember our basecoat sticks to almost every surface. So, painting on new wood and painted wood is not a problem at all - it does not matter that the base is white.
To make the surfaces match, when you sand through the Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat to distress, be sure to sand through the existing white paint to expose the wood underneath. That way when you apply the Toner, it will stain the new wood and the old wood in the same way.
I am distressing a piece of furniture, should I use your glaze or toner?
If you are doing a piece of furniture, especially a distressed piece of furniture, then our Toner is a better option than the Glaze for over top of the Textured Basecoat. The Toner will bite into wood better than the Glaze. You can wipe this back with either a wet or damp cloth to achieve your desired effect. You can use the Glaze over our Basecoat as well but it will not bite into the exposed wood as readily if you are looking for a distressed effect.
Should I use Glaze on a wall or can I use the Toner?
If you are doing walls, then Glaze is the best option. Glaze is specifically designed to stay wet on a wall surface. If you are doing walls, then you should first prep the surface with our Wall Sealer over any color you want for your wall.
Can I just put your Glaze on my walls without the Wall Sealer?
Wall Sealer is clear and is designed to give you a well sealed surface over your existing wall color. This will give you the best conditions to keep your wall Glaze wet for easy use. If you do not prep the surface with Wall Sealer, you will not get optimal working time with our Glaze.
Will I be able to apply your products over existing wallpaper?
While it is possible to use our products over existing wallpaper, it is not recommended. If the wallpaper fails over time, our prodcut on top of the wallpaper will fail. It is best to srtip the wallpaper first. If you decide you want to apply the product over the wallpaper, we strongly recommend applying our Wall Sealer first.
How practical will Classic Plaster be in high traffic area, as far as keeping it clean?
It is very practical and durable. If it gets marked you can just lightly sand it. It is also washable with a mild cleaning product.
Would your Distressing Kit be good on a country kitchen wall?
Our Distressing kit is primarily designed for furniture, moldings, cabinets, etc. For a country kitchen wall, perhaps consider using our two most popular wall products, Glaze or Plaster. Glaze may be applied over any color to enhance the look of the painted surface. Our Textured Plaster can be rolled on and sanded when dry to produce the look of old distressed plaster. If your surface is not well sealed we recommend our Wall Sealer first to insure a perfect finish.
I just recently started using your product. Love it! However I have a question. I want to distress a table using the wisteria (Textured Basecoat) and put your toner on over top. If I don’t want the piece to come out yellowish or darker than I want… do you have a lighter toner, can I lighten the toner, or can I just wax over the wisteria color to keep it white? Basically I don’t want it to be white-white, but I don’t want it to be yellow or brownish either. Any suggestions?
The toner is designed to stain the wood where you sanded through the Basecoat, as well as to darken the tone of the Basecoat as much or as little as you want. So, you have a few choices. You may simply use the wax and not use the toner as you asked. However, you will find your distressed edges to be very pale.
Or, you may only apply toner where you want it and avoid the larger, or flatter areas.
Most importantly, as it says at the end of the distressing instructions, you can wipe the toner off using a damp or wet cloth. That allows you to leave toner on edges or in crevices while it wipes it off the flatter areas to keep your Wisteria Basecoat white!
To be very clear for you…I would apply the toner to my edges to distress and stain them. Then wipe the toner off the rest using a wet cloth.