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Can I paint my outdoor furniture?

Yes, you can. It is important that the furniture is in a good condition. If it is water damaged or very rough, you need to sand it first so that the wood surface is even. The next step is to clean it very well with lacquer thinners. Wait 20-30 minutes for it to dry and then start painting. You will need 2-3 coats depending on the colour of the paint and also the colour of the surface that you are painting on. After your final coat, you must wait at least 4 hours. You can then apply glaze. Dilute it with 30% water and apply it with a damp cloth. Rub it evenly over the surface. Make sure your cloth is not too wet. Apply at least 3 coats of glaze and wait at least 30 minutes between every coat. Maintenance will still be necessary, if you see any damage, touch it up with paint and glaze. Wood will shrink or swell because of the fluctuations in temperature and therefor touch ups may be needed.



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How do I use metallic paint?

First paint a dark base coat. Wait for it to dry.

Make sure you stir the metallic paint before and throughout use.



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How do I prevent contamination of paint?

•     Always work with a clean, dry paintbrush.
•     Ensure that the surface being painted on is clean and mould-free.
•     Do not add water into the paint container.
•     Ensure that the rim of the jar is cleaned after each use and that the lid is properly sealed after each use.



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How do I know if there is a Tjhoko Paint workshop in my area?

Tjhoko Paint hosts various workshops around the country.  We also post workshops that our stockists are hosting around the country. You can also follow us on Facebook and make sure to check our events for workshops in your area.

Here are all the workshops we have coming up.



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What are embellishments made of?

The Tjhoko Embellishment range is made of a Polyester resin.  It adds a beautiful finish to a painted item.

Tjhoko Paint has a beautiful range available in different sizes and designs.  

Catalogues available at Tjhoko Paint stockists and also on www.tjhokopaint.co.za



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What is water slide transfers and how can it be used?

The water slide transfer paper can easily be used to transfer any image or text. The best things about this is that it is translucent and can be used on almost any smooth surface. I have successfully used the water slide transfers onto wood, bamboo objects, glass or porcelain, metal tins, terra cotta pots, book covers, furniture, jars and even polymer clay and candles.

How to apply the water slide transfer:

This is a demonstration on how to apply the transfers on a painted surface, but the principles are the same for all surfaces.

  1. Prepare a bowl of cold water, tap water is perfect.
  2. Cut the image with a scissors close to the borders, with A4 designs border must be cut off right around the design.
  3. Drop each image into the cold water, and let them sit in the water. While still in the water check if the top foil, the one with the image one is loose, but don’t remove from the paper base just yet.
  4. For painted projects: First seal the area where you are going to apply the transfers with Tjhoko Clear Glaze and let it dry properly. Once dry, you apply a thin coat of the Tjhoko Clear Glaze again as the transfer does not have any glue on you will need something to stick it down with and this sealer works best. Now remove the transfer from the water. Slide and gradually remove the paper base of the transfer, leaving the top foil with the printed image on your project.
  5. Now use a paper towel and remove all the air bubbles and water under the transfers. Hold it down with 1 finger and work from the middle outwards. It helps if you also wet you finger a bit and then wipe the bubbles out. Let it dry 100% and then seal it again using Tjhoko Clear Glaze.

Remember: Before use, water slide transfers must be stored in a cool dry place and the life span of an unused water transfer is +-1 year if stored correctly.



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Tips when applying your water slide transfers

Do not leave the unused transfer in the sun.

Seal with Clear Glaze before starting the application of the Waterslide Transfer.

1. Remember these transfers are translucent, so your background colour shows through the transfer.

2. Pastel colours work best.

3. DO NOT let the transfer lie in the water until the top and bottom comes apart.

4. Remember to apply a little bit of sealer where you are going to apply the transfer, the sealer act as a glue to keep the transfer in place.

5. When you are finished applying the water slide transfer, take your time and make sure all the water and air bubbles have been rubbed out from underneath the transfer. If you notice some small bubbles take a sharp pin and give it a prick then gently rub over it again. Always work from the middle to the outer edge. Work gently!

6. Seal your transfer with Clear Glaze once you are done.



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How do I know if I am stencilling correctly?

The trick to stencilling is to use as little paint as possible, evenly distributed onto a stencil brush. Test by wiping the stencil brush on a piece of newspaper, if the stencil brush is wet you are using too much paint. Remove any excess paint onto a piece of newspaper. The dryer the brush the greater the success.

Secure the stencil using masking tape.  The masking tape secures the stencil but also allows a larger area to work on.

Move the stencil brush in a circular movement when applying it to the stencil. Holding the stencil down with your free hand.



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How do I remove Tjhoko Paint from clothing or fabric?

Remove any excess paint with a damp cloth or rag that you do not mind throwing away. Flush out the stain with warm running water, starting from the back of the clothing item. Create a solution of equal parts dish-washing liquid soap and warm water. Rub the solution into the stain with either your fingers or a different, clean rag to attempt to remove any remaining paint on the garment. Rinse the item, and repeat the process if necessary, to remove any remaining paint.

Wash the item as directed on the tag. Pour any detergent used in the wash directly on the stain prior to placing it in the wash for extra stain removing power. Inspect after the cycle ends. If the stain is not completely removed, repeat this step until the stain is removed. Do not dry the garment until the stain has been removed. 

Bicarbonate of Soda can also be mixed with water into a paste and rubbed into the stain.  Soak for a few days and hand wash regularly.



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Can I paint on plastic with Tjhoko Paint?

Yes, but because plastic is an oily surface, we would suggest that you:

Step 1:  Lightly sand the entire object, just to create enough of a rough surface area for the paint to hold.

Step 2:  Clean well with Lacquer Thinners and  allow to dry for 20 minutes. (refer preparation with Lacquer thinners).

3) Start painting.

4) If the object or piece of furniture is going to be outside, we would finish with a clear glaze which will protect it against the outside elements. (refer Clear Glaze application)



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How do I use a foam roller when painting?

Pour paint in a paint tray.  Apply a generous and even layer of paint onto the foam roller.

Start rolling on a clean, grease free surface that has been cleaned well with Lacquer Thinners.  (Always allow thinners to dry well before starting to paint.  20-30-minute waiting time is recommended). One should be careful not to over work the roller, this is when roughness occurs.

If roughness is experienced once the first coat is dry, lightly sand with a 200grid sandpaper to get an even feel and then apply a final coat.

A mohair roller is recommended for larger, flat surfaces.

Ensure working in a breeze-free area when working with a paint roller. Air bubbles will appear on the surface when working with a foam roller.  This is a natural process.  It is the air within the foam that is being transmitted onto your surface.  Allow for air bubbles to dry naturally (no breeze or wind within the room) and it will vanish completely once dry.



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Can I paint a tablecloth?

Yes. Although we would rather recommend stencilling the tablecloth.

We suggest ironing the back more or less an hour or two after painting.  Hand wash in cold water and ensure that you paint on natural fabric, not something with a shine.

We don’t recommend painting on synthetic fabrics.



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Can I paint on an upholstered surface covered with suede fabric?

Yes, you can. It is very important to remember is that paint will change the feel and texture of fabric. Also depending on the flexibility of the foam, hairline cracks might appear. The more flexible the foam, the more movement there will be.  The amount of paint needed will depend on the absorbency of the foam and fabric. More or less 1 L per 2 squares are required on fabric, but it can differ.

Steps to follow:

Evenly spray the fabric with water. Don’t dilute the paint and evenly and thinly paint a first coat of paint. Wait for first coat to be hand dry (meaning if you touch the paint there is no paint coming off) then apply a second coat of paint. In some instances, even four coats can be required. The number of coats needed depends on absorbency of fabric and foam.

No sealing or glaze is needed once paintwork is complete.
We ALWAYS suggest TO TEST FIRST to see if you like the effect and different texture caused by paint on a fabric and only then continue.



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Can I paint on synthetic leather?

Yes, you can. Just remember to clean with Lacquer Thinners (wear gloves and mask) to remove grease and dirt. Allow the surface to dry and then paint.

Read here to see how we transformed this chair.



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Can I paint on genuine leather?

Yes, you can use Tjhoko Paint on genuine leather. You just need to make sure that the leather is cleaned properly and is grease free before you start painting.

Clean well using Lacquer Thinners to remove all the oil, allow to dry for 20-30 minutes and then start painting. No need to seal with Clear Glaze.



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Can I paint on an oil-based surface or enamel surface?

Solvent paints take 14 days to cure, varnish and linseed oil takes 6 months.  So, when painting on an enamel surface the best advice is to rather first prime it with Universal Undercoat.  Allow 24 hours for Universal Undercoat to dry and then apply Tjhoko Paint in the preferred colour.

On varnished or oil treated surfaces (not furniture polish) allow 6 months for varnish or oil to cure and only then paint.

Furniture oil needs to be removed properly using Lacquer Thinners.  Wear gloves and a mask.



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What do I need to know when painting Tjhoko Paint onto a wall?

You would need to make sure that the wall you are going to paint on has not been painted with an oil-based paint, this would inhibit the Tjhoko Paint from sticking to it.

If this is the case, you would need to apply a Universal Undercoat or remove the oil based under layer.

All peeling paint would need to be removed. Cracks need to be filled and thereafter cleaned with Lacquer Thinners.

You will then be ready to paint.



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How much paint would I need to paint a 12 square metre wall?

Always work on two coats of paint required. 1 litre of paint covers 8 square metres with one coat 12 square metres would need 24 square metre coverage  –  24/8 = 3.  Three litres would be needed to cover 12 square metres.



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How far does a litre of paint spread?

A litre of paint covers more or less 8m2 per single coat.



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Why is my paint not gripping?

If the paint is not gripping it might be because of a few spots of cleaning that may have been missed or in some instances when the varnish hasn’t cured.

If the surface is cleaned properly with Lacquer thinners this should not be a problem.

Recently varnished surfaces. Varnish needs more or less a 6-months curing time before you can paint onto a varnished surface.

An oil treated surface (linseed oil and other oil products) also needs more or less a 6-months curing time.



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What can cause my paint to chip?

The cleaning process is very important and all oil needs to be removed before starting to paint. Another important factor is a clean brush and equipment. One of the reasons why this is happening is due to oil on the surface that prevents the paint from gripping.



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On which surfaces should I rather NOT paint?
  • Recently varnished surfaces. Varnish needs more or less a 6-months curing time before you can paint onto a varnished surface.
  • An oil treated surface (linseed oil and other oil products) also needs more or less a 6-months curing time.
  • If a surface was waxed within 6 months you need to sand first. The paint will not grip onto wax as the wax itself disintegrates. The surface needs to be wiped down WELL with Lacquer thinners.
  • Wait 20 minutes and then start painting.


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Can I order online?

You can order your paint from us online right here.



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Can I lime wash or white wash melamine cupboards?

A lime wash or whitewash technique is advisable on raw timber, raw brick and raw cement surfaces. On melamine cupboards rather paint and then do a washed technique on top.

A washed technique is when paint is evenly distributed onto a damp cloth and gently wiped onto the painted surface.



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Can I paint a piece of furniture?

Yes, you can!  There is no need to sand the piece of furniture, you just need to make sure it has been cleaned.  We always suggest a wipe down thoroughly with Lacquer thinners. Refer to the cleaning guide.

We do not recommend painting on a recently varnished surface or a surface that has recently been oil treated (like raw linseed oil treated surfaces).  Surfaces like the above needs a 6-month curing time before paint work can be attempted.

Waxed surfaces and plastic surfaces need to be sanded first with 100 grid sandpaper and then thoroughly cleaned with Lacquer Thinners.

Surfaces like previously varnished surfaces (varnish older than 6 months), laminated surfaces, melamine surfaces, wall tiles, leather and faux leather need to be wiped clean properly using Lacquer Thinners.  Use a mask and gloves and clean these surfaces well. Wait 20 minutes and then start painting.  If it is a very oily surface cleaning will need to be repeated until all oily residues are removed.

Once you have finished painting you can decide if you would like a matt or sheen finish. We recommend using the Clear Glaze in areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and outdoors. Tabletops and pedestal tops need to be glazed with the Clear Glaze.

The paint naturally gives a matt finish,  but by applying our Clear Glaze as per the instructions            (refer to Clear Glaze application) this will give you a subtle satin finish. Should you want a higher gloss finish, more coats of Glaze can be applied, wait 30 minutes in between coats.

Sometimes you might find yourself painting a piece of furniture that has been polished and cleaned for years, this may lead to oil seeping through when it is painted,  even after the cleaning process.

In this instance the following is recommend:

  • After your second coat of paint, wait at least 4 hours.
  • Put on gloves. (The Glaze is nontoxic it is a water based pure acrylic sealant and a latex film will be left on your hand if not wearing gloves. Your hands can be washed with warm soapy waters should you prefer not to wear gloves. Just a useful tip!
  • Dip a damp, clean, colourless cloth in the Clear Glaze (do not dilute the Glaze). It works well if you pour the Glaze into an ice cream tub and work from there.  Squeeze out excess moisture and evenly wipe the surface with a good, even coat of Clear Glaze. 
  • Leave for 12 hours and then repaint onto the Glaze.

The Glaze acts as a barrier between the bleeding and the paint coat.



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Can I paint my dining room table?

Yes, absolutely you can paint your dining table.

A mohair roller works well to paint a large flat surface.

Below some steps

  • Make sure that the table is clean before you start painting.  Clean properly with Lacquer thinners. Refer to the cleaning guide.
  • Wait 20 minutes for Lacquer Thinners to dry.

Once the surface is clean and dry you can apply your colour. We would suggest you use a Mohair roller for the application of the paint to make it more even, below is a link to our video gallery. Watch the video below to see how to use this roller.

More than one coat will be necessary.  Always wait in between coats for paint to dry.

Once you have finished painting allow to dry for 4 hours and then apply our clear glaze to seal the tabletop and if the table is standing outside seal the legs too.

Always allow the paint to dry for at least 4 hours before starting with the Glaze application. In coastal areas or during winter months we recommend to only start glazing the next day (leave paint to cure overnight)

  • Dilute the Clear Glaze with 30% water (30ml of water for every 100ml of Glaze) or 3 parts Clear Glaze and 1-part water.
  • Dampen a clean, colourless cloth with water and squeeze to remove all excess moisture.
  • Dip the cloth completely in the mixture to absorb the mix and then squeeze to remove excess moisture. 
  • Evenly wipe onto the painted surface.  Work in a well-lit room to ensure that the entire surface is covered.  If streakiness or lines occurs (it is caused by the fabric/cloth) just wipe a second coat, half an hour later.


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Can I paint my fridge?

Yes. If you are wanting to paint your fridge, first you would need to make sure that the outside has been thoroughly cleaned with Lacquer thinners. Please refer to our cleaning guide.

Once the surface is clean and dry you can apply your colour, I would suggest you use a Mohair roller for the application of the paint to make it more even. Watch the video below to see how to use this roller.

A mohair roller works well to paint a large flat surface.

Once you have finished painting allow to dry for 4 hours and then apply our clear glaze to seal.

Always allow the paint to dry for at least 4 hours before starting with the Glaze application. In coastal areas or during winter months we recommend to only start glazing the next day (leave paint to cure overnight).

  • Dilute the Clear Glaze with 30% water (30ml of water for every 100ml of Glaze) or 3 parts Clear Glaze and 1-part water.
  • Dampen a clean, colourless cloth with water and squeeze to remove all excess moisture.
  • Dip the cloth completely in the mixture to absorb the mix and then squeeze to remove excess moisture. 
  • Evenly wipe onto the painted surface.  Work in a well-lit room to ensure that the entire surface is covered.  If streakiness or lines occur (it is caused by the fabric/cloth) just apply a second coat, half an hour later.  wipe a second coat, half an hour later.


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Can you use Tjhoko Paint to paint on bathroom tiles?

Yes, you can paint on bathroom wall tiles.

What you need:

  • Lacquer Thinners
  • 2 pieces Mutton cloth cut to the size of a kitchen towel
  • 110mm or 160mm foam roller and handle or paintbrush depending on your preference.
  • Paint Tray
  • Tjhoko Paint in a colour of your choice
  • Tjhoko’s Clear Glaze

Method:

1. Clean the surface well with Lacquer Thinners.

2. Important is to use gloves and a mask.

3. Wait 20 minutes for Thinners to evaporate

4. Pour some Tjhoko Paint in a paint tray

5. Use the foam roller and wet it well in the paint ensuring that it is covered in paint all around.

6. Start by evenly rolling the paint onto the surface.  Don’t worry if air bubbles appear. These will disappear as the paint dries.  Be careful not to over work the foam roller:  Don’t roll too much – this is when a rough surface is created once the paint has dried.

7. Once the first coat is evenly applied, allow the paint to dry (more or less 30 minutes) before the next coat is applied.

8. Once the paintwork has been completed wait at least 4 hours before the glazing process starts.

9. Apply the clear Glaze:

Clear Glaze is a pure acrylic product, which proves to be an excellent sealant.

 It is water-based.

  • Clear Glaze: As the name describes, it is colourless. Dilute 100ml Glaze at a time with 30ml of water in a different container
  • It helps to wear gloves.
  • Use a clean, colourless piece of cloth (mutton cloth or T-shirt material) and dampen the cloth with water. Squeeze and remove any excess water. 
  • Dip the damp cloth in the Glaze mixture and once again squeeze to remove excess Glaze mixture.
  • Wipe very evenly onto the painted surface.
  • Work in a well-lit area to ensure that the entire surface is covered and that no blank spaces are left un-glazed.
  • One glaze coat is enough.  When a higher satin finished is required or to remove any streakiness, a second coat of Glaze can be applied.
  • When the cloth becomes dry or sticky, rinse in water and repeat the process.

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Can I paint kitchen cupboards with Tjhoko Paint?

Yes, of course you can paint kitchen cupboards.

What you need:

  • Lacquer Thinners
  • 2 pieces Mutton cloth cut to the size of a kitchen towel
  • 110mm or 160mm foam roller and handle or paintbrush depending on your preference.
  • Instead of using a foam roller a Mohair roller can be used on large flat surfaces or cupboard doors
  • Paint Tray
  • Tjhoko Paint in a colour of your choice
  • Tjhoko’s Clear Glaze

Method:

  1. Clean the surface well with Lacquer Thinners.
  2. It is important to use gloves and a mask.
  3. Wait 20 minutes for Thinners to evaporate
  4. Pour some Tjhoko Paint in a paint tray
  5. Use the roller and wet it well in the paint ensuring that it is covered in paint all around.
  6. Start by evenly rolling the paint onto the surface.  Don’t worry if air bubbles appear. These will disappear as the paint dries.  Be careful not to over work the foam roller:  Don’t roll too much – this is when a rough surface is created once the paint has dried.
  7. Also do not work where there is a draft or wind when painting with a roller. The wind will cause roughness once the paint is dry.
  8. On large flat surfaces a mohair roller can also be used with great success.
  9. Once the first coat is evenly applied, allow the paint to dry (more or less 30 minutes) before the next coat is applied.
  10. Once the paintwork has been completed wait at least 4 hours before starting the glazing process
  1. Apply the Clear Glaze:

Clear Glaze is a pure acrylic product, which proves to be an excellent sealant.

 It is water-based.

  • Clear Glaze: As the name describes, it is  colourless. Dilute 100ml Glaze at a time with 30ml of water in a different container.
  • It helps to wear gloves.
  • Use a clean, colourless piece of cloth (mutton cloth or T-shirt material) and dampen the cloth with water. Squeeze and remove any excess water. 
  • Dip the damp cloth in the Glaze mixture and once again squeeze to remove excess Glaze mixture.
  • Wipe very evenly onto the painted surface.
  • Work in a well-lit area to ensure that the entire surface is covered and that no blank spaces are left un-glazed.
  • One glaze coat is enough.  When a higher satin finished is required or to remove any streakiness, a second coat of Glaze can be applied.
  • When the cloth becomes dry or sticky, rinse in water and repeat the process.

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Can I use Tjhoko Paint on floors?

We don’t recommend using Tjhoko paint on floors. Floors are very specific and tricky, they are generally very high traffic areas and need a cover that has been specifically designed to last through the repetitive wear and tear.



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Where can I find a stockist in my area?

Follow this link: https://tjhokopaint.co.za/stockists/

Type in your area and click on search.

Scroll down and all stockists with their details and contact information will become available.



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How many layers of paint would I need to paint a couch?

The number of coats that will need to be applied, will depend on the absorbency of the fabric and the foam.  Each layer needs to be hand dry (dry to the touch) before the next coat is painted on.   

It is the flexibility of the foam inside the coach that determines whether the fabric will crack or not.

The more flexible the foam the higher propensity there may be for the fabric to crack, but sometimes this does not happen.



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Can I apply Tjhoko Paint to fabric?

Below are two links that will assist you with the application of the paint on fabric.

Ensure that you are working on a natural fabric item, like suede or cotton, and not something that is synthetic. Always keep in mind that paint will change the texture of the fabric. We always recommend painting a small section and test first. 

Tips:  Never dilute the paint with water.

There is no need to apply a sealant or Clear Glaze afterwards.

Care instructions:  Hand wash in cold water.

  • When painting on upholstery, first moisten the fabric with some water.  (A spray bottle filled with water works well.) This will help to use less paint and add some elasticity to your first coat of paint.
  • Then apply the 1st coat of paint on top of the moist fabric, wait for the paint to be hand dry.

Hand dry means that when you touch it, no paint should come off. 

  • Next apply a 2nd coat of paint and depending on the fabric you are painting onto maybe it will need a 3rd or 4th coat (No sealant is required or needed)

The 1st link shows you the application onto an ottoman. The 2nd link shows the application of the paint onto a table runner. Both fabric applications are towards the end of the content clips. On a loose item such as a runner or tablecloth, iron on the back more or less 2 hours after the painting has been completed.



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Can you dye with Tjhoko Paint?

We haven’t actively used the paint to dye with,

but we do have a stockist that does it on natural fabrics so it can be done.  Best is to always do a test run first and rather use natural fabrics than synthetic fabrics.

This is how she does it:

  • In a basin or bowl, pour lukewarm water and add the paint colour of your choice, as much as what is needed to get the desired colour.
  • The fabric is placed in the water and stirred every 1/2hr over a 2-6 hr period until the fabric is dyed evenly.
  • Remove from water and allow to dry.
  • Iron the fabric
  • Care Instructions: hand wash in cold water.
  • Fabric should be a natural woven texture and not synthetic.

We do suggest you try a small piece first.



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How do I become a Tjhoko Paint stockist?

To become a stockist you need to have a store. Below is the information we would require:

  • Store Name
  • Address
  • Landline Number
  • Website and Facebook details
  • Pictures of the store if you can please


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I don’t have a store but want to stock Tjhoko Paint products, can I become a stockist?

We don’t at this present time make concession for individuals to become stockist if they don’t have a store.  To stock Tjhoko products you need to have a store.



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How do I apply the Clear Glaze?

Always allow the paint to dry for at least 4 hours before starting with the Glaze application.  In coastal areas or during winter months we recommend to only start glazing the next day (leave paint to cure overnight)

  • Dilute the Clear Glaze with 30% water (30ml of water for every 100ml of Glaze) or 3 parts Clear Glaze and 1-part water.
  • Dampen a clean, colourless cloth with water and squeeze to remove all excess moisture.
  • Dip the cloth completely in the mixture to absorb the mix and then squeeze to remove excess moisture. 
  • Evenly wipe onto the painted surface.  Work in a well-lit room to ensure that the entire surface is covered.  If streakiness or lines occur – (it is caused by the fabric / cloth) just apply a second coat, half an hour later.


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When do I apply the Clear Glaze onto a painted surface?

The paint does have a matt finish (Tjhoko Paint is a self-sealing, water-based, matt chalk paint) it does not need a sealant unless you have the piece of furniture outside or in a room like the kitchen or bathroom where there is lots of moisture.  The Glaze makes the surface water- and UV-Resistant.  It also prevents stains and provides a more washable surface.  We also recommend to seal tabletops and pedestal tops, kitchen and bathroom wall tiles (painting in showers not recommended).



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Why is my paint streaking or discolouring after I have painted it and what can I do to fix it? What is bleeding?

Sometimes if a piece of furniture has been oiled so much over the years that streaking and discoloration of the paint may appear even after you have cleaned with Lacquer Thinners and prepared the piece of furniture for painting. This is called bleeding and occurs due to the amount of oil that has been absorbed into the wood. In this event we recommend doing the following:

  • After your second coat of paint, wait at least 4 hours.
  • Put on gloves. The Glaze is non-toxic and is a water based pure acrylic sealant that will leave a latex film on your hands if you are not wearing gloves. It can however be cleaned from your hands with soap and warm water should you prefer not to wear gloves- Just a useful tip!
  • Dip a damp, clean, colourless cloth in the Clear Glaze (do not dilute the Glaze). It works well if you pour the Glaze into an ice cream tub and work from there.  Squeeze out excess moisture and evenly wipe the surface with a good, even coat of Clear Glaze. 
  • Leave for 12 hours and then repaint onto the Glaze.
  • The Glaze acts as a barrier between the bleeding and the paint coat.


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How many layers of paint do I need to apply to a surface being painted?

We recommend painting at least two coats.   Very important when painting is to always allow a coat of paint to dry properly before the next coat of paint is applied. Depending on the colour being used a third coat would be necessary for example painting a white paint onto a darker surface.

The equipment you use for painting also plays a role.  A foam roller leaves a much thinner coat of paint than a paint brush. Therefore, more coats of paint would be required when working with a foam roller.



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What do I clean my brush with?

Always wash brushes, stencils and all equipment with water immediately after use.



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What brush do I paint with?

The quality of the brush being used is very important.  A clean, good quality soft bristled brush is the best choice!



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How do I clean a surface before I start to paint?

We do not recommend painting on a recent varnished surface or a surface that has recently been oil treated (like raw linseed oil treated surfaces).  Surfaces like the above needs a 6-month curing time before paint work can be attempted.

We also don’t recommend painting onto floors.

Waxed surfaces and plastic surfaces need to be sanded first with 100 grid sandpaper and then thoroughly cleaned with Lacquer Thinners.

Surfaces like previously varnished surfaces (varnish older than 6 months), laminated surfaces, melamine surfaces, wall tiles, leather and faux leather need to be wiped clean properly using Lacquer Thinners.  Use a mask and gloves and clean these surfaces well. Wait 20 minutes and then start painting.  If it is a very oily surface cleaning will need to be repeated until all oily residues are removed.



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