Tips - Tjhoko Paint

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For very oily/polished furniture – clean with white wine vinegar before painting. Apply one coat and wait for at least 4 hours. Sometimes even waiting overnight may be best depending on how oily it is. Don’t fear though, you will have the confidence to read the paint and furniture relationship. Look for how the paint went on originally, was it streaky? Or try the scratch test with your nail. If the paint does come off, which it might, then simply wait a little longer.

After the shabby look – don’t wait too long to start sanding, especially on dry or untreated wood as Tjhoko will stick quite quickly. You may build some pretty big muscles otherwise. Remember to use grit 60/80 or 100

All you need to do is apply another coat of Tjhoko to the discoloured or yellow areas..

I have found when painting in my garage, some dust or fine particles do sometimes blow onto my furniture. Although Tjhoko leaves such a lovely finish, due to the environment you may be painting in, you may notice some little particles have got stuck along the way, especially during drying time. I will use sandpaper 400 just to lightly sand over my final piece to give it that smooth look should I need to, but only if I need to.

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 more paint, remembering to always paint and wipe down in the direction of the grain.

You can also dip the damp cloth into the paint and wipe it down until you get the coverage you want.

Another way is to create a sealed White wash effect by following these easy steps:

1.Mix Paint (in a colour of your choice), Clear Glaze and water together in ratios of a third each.
Quantities will depend on the size of the surface you would like to White Wash e.g. 200 ml Tjhoko Paint, 200 ml Glaze, 200 ml water.

2.Dampen a colourless cloth and dip it into your mixture and simply wipe onto the surface. Once again in the same direction as wood grain.

3.This will create a sealed washed surface in one easy step.

If the wash (mix) is too light, add more paint.
If the wash (mix) is too dark, add more Clear Glaze.

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 high traffic areas seal with the glaze.

Tip: For dry or untreated wood – don’t want too long to sand and easy on the hand (don’t be too rough)

Two Colour Distressing

Don’t want the wood to come through but are still after that distressed look? Apply your first colour and wait to dry.

Then apply your second coat which will be your dominant colour that you mainly want to see.

Once the second coat is dry then start sanding. Bear in mind you can oversand, so go gently first time round until you get into the rhythm and are happy with the sanding balance you are after. Use grit 180/220.

Tip: This is when reading your wood is important. On oily wood you may need to wait 4 hours (or longer) until painting again. If your wood is oily then clean with white wine vinegar before painting. This refers only to the base colour (1st layer).


Hello to a whole new look. Stencilling is so in and can transform your masterpiece.

Adhere your stencil with stencil spray, but also light tack tape will work such as masking tape.

Dip your stencil brush in your paint and just like dry brushing, make sure that there is very little paint on your brush (very important), else paint will seep under your stencil. Some people like to distress their stencil look, so after it has dried then you can sand lightly with 180/220 in the same direction.

Tip: Do not sand the stencil in different directions….only in one direction if you are after the distressed look and use very little paint.

About Tjhoko Paint The Product

Tjhoko Paint is a creamy and smooth chalk paint that leaves no chalky residue. It is easy to work with and requires no sealant to grip to a painted surface.