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How To Clean Surfaces Before You Start Painting?

• You can use Lacquer Thinners to properly wipe the surface down before starting to paint. DO NOT USE TURPENTINE OR BENZENE. Allow to dry for 15-20 minutes and start painting. Works well on varnished surfaces. Important to remember is not to paint on newly varnished...

Techniques for oily/polished surfaces

Techniques For very oily/polished furniture – clean with lacquer thinners before painting. Apply the paint and wait in between coats for the paint to dry. Once the final coat has been applied wait for at least 4 hours. Wait at least 6 months before painting on a newly...
White Wash

White Wash

This is mainly used on untreated/new wood and really gives that ‘beach’ look and feel. Apply a thin layer of paint and with a damp cloth wipe the paint down in the direction of the wood grain. This must be done within a few seconds. If you want more coverage then add...
Dry Brush

Dry Brush

1. Paint your surface the colour of your choice. (It also works well on non-painted surfaces.) 2. Allow to dry. 3. Apply second colour by using a very dry brush. 4. Use only one side of the brush with little paint on it and work only in one direction. 5. Important:...
Distressed Look

Distressed Look

1. Use the “Vaseline trick” for a distressed look. Apply Vaseline roughly with a brush on the edges on the raw wood before starting to paint. (It can also be applied on a painted surface.) The paint won’t stick on the Vaseline areas. Wait for the paint to dry and use...
One Colour Distressing

One Colour Distressing

One of the all time favourite techniques! Simply paint your piece of furniture and wait to dry. With sandpaper (60/80/100) sand areas where you want the wood to come through. This easily creates that shabby/distressed look. Your call if you want to seal or not for...

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