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What is the difference between your two collections?
Our Textured Paints have lots of texture; use it thick or thin, layer it, distress it, be creative!
Botanicals are smooth with a matt chalky luster, we recommend finishing the paint with a topcoat.
What surfaces can I paint using your Textured Paint and Botanicals Paint collection?
Our Textured Paint will bond to almost any clean, dry household surface with NO SANDING STRIPPING OR PRIMING.
These surfaces include wood (raw or painted in either oil or latex, polyurethane, varnish, epoxy, whatever!) metal, formica, laminate, tile, and yes, even glass.
How do I prepare my surface?
Be sure the surface is clean and dry! This includes being grease, wax and oil free. Remember, things like Liquid Gold, Pledge and Murphy’s Oil Soap leave a greasy/waxy residue that should be removed for the best bonding on surfaces. We recommend Simple Green and a scrubing sponge - our go to method for regular cleaning. If waxy substances are suspected, scrub with white vinegar or wipe down with mineral spirits.
Is your paint safe to use while pregnant, nursing, on a crib, in a child's room, or around pets?
Yes, our low VOC, low odor, water-based and environmentally-friendly products are safe for all of these circumstances. We do ask that you keep these products out of reach of children, and that you practice safe work habits and good common sense while using them.
Can I make a custom color?
Of course! Our Textured Basecoats can easily be mixed together to create custom colors. They can also be tinted at your favorite paint store with up to 4 oz of water-based universal tints per quart.
The textured basecoat is so thick. Do I need to add water?
It is not necessary to add water to our Basecoats. If you want a thinner, smoother effect simply use less paint by rolling it out thinner. Adding water up to 10% will not hurt the product if that makes you more comfortable in your application.
How long does it take to dry to apply the next layer?
Applied thin it could be dry enough to recoat, layer or distress in 30 to 60 min.
Applied thick or chunky it could take 1-6 hrs. Be sure each layer is dry before applying the next layer. The Textured Paint as a first layer under the Botanicals (with chipping creme in between of course) is a fantastic look!!
What is the best method of distressing?
We recommend using an electric hand held sander for distressing projects large and small. It's the most efficient way to get the job done. Use 120-80 grit sandpaper for more textured finishes created with Textured Basecoat. Use 220 for sanding the Botanicals . For a very distressed look, don't be afraid to bang your project up a bit with a rough object such as a brick and then sand the nicks and dings down with the sander for a naturally worn look.
Do I need a topcoat?
We recommend our Caromal Colours Topcoat with a satin finish for heavily used and washed surfaces like floors, kitchen cabinetry, and tabletops. We recommend Liberon Wax as well: Liberon is different from any other wax on the market because it dries to a hard furniture finish, looks gorgeous and is safe and easy to use. It even carries the chids’s toy safety approval mark (a little toy truck on the label) to tell you when used properly it is safe enough for a child’s toy or crib. We also simply love the look of the wax!
How long to I have to let it cure?
The products will be sensitive to chipping until they are cured for 2-3 days. if you use them too quickly, or layer up too heavily without waiting for good drying. However, we have been known to really rush the process for something important like a party or emergency guest room inhabitants. If you have the time to let layers dry and give your project a few days to cure, you will enjoy the chip resistant durability we are so proud of!