How to achieve a Professional result using 13 recommendations

1. Preparation is the most important step to ensure your projects success ( see Preparation section for detailed information on how to prepare the surface for painting).

2. Using the correct tools for the job makes the application easier and more enjoyable (see the section on tools for recommended choices).

3. Always paint in the same direction as the wood grain no matter what you are applying. Subtle brush marks will take on the appearance of the wood grain as long as they are in the same direction.

4. Use the recommended brush and load it with paint half way up the bristle. If you do not have enough paint on the brush you will have to keep reloading it. You should have enough paint on the brush to complete a brush stroke from one edge to the other.

5. In order to spread the paint, don’t be afraid to apply more pressure to move the paint across the surface.

6. Once an area is covered, finish with very light strokes from one end to the other, applying only the weight of the brush. This will diminish brush marks as the soft tip of the brush feathers the paint to a more even finish.

7. Do not try to cover with one coat of paint. No one paints that well! There are always areas that will show up once the paint has dried. Trying to get coverage in one coat may result with the paint being applied too heavily. This can cause surface cracks and will increase curing time.

8. Understanding Coverage. All paints have a certain percentage of “solids” which means, the coating that remains on the surface once the paint has dried. If it has 30% solids then 70% of what you apply evaporates and 30% remains on the surface. This explains why when paint is initially applied and it looks like it has covered in one coat but then once dried it reveals transparent areas that require a second coat.

9. You can apply multiple coats quickly but allowing it to dry longer between coats will decrease the cure time. Applying multiple coats quickly can cause solvent entrapment in this case the solvent is water. When it gets trapped in the surface it causes it to remain softer for a longer period of time.

10. Painting hard surfaces such as glass or glossy surfaces take longer to cure. The reason is that moisture can only escape upward on a hard surface. So handle carefully for the first month to avoid damaging the surface. Typically paints need up to 30 days to cure fully. Do not place anything on the surface that will trap the moisture from escaping during this time. Such items can stick to the surface and rip pieces from the surface.

11. Certain colors can be challenging to paint with. It is usually not the paints fault but the pigment. Earth tones such as red oxide, yellow oxide and burnt umber cover very well while bright red, yellow and blue pigments are by nature, weak pigments. These colors need a little assistance to achieve reasonable coverage. When using deep bright colors like Dragon Fruit, it is recommended to first apply a coat of white paint. This will help to “pop” the color and keep it clean and bright in appearance. When using deep colors such as Blue Blazer made from a blue pigment first apply a coat of black paint to mask the transparency of the Blue pigment.

12. When painting a larger area such as a kitchen table we recommend the following. Apply the paint with a 4-6” microfiber roller. Complete two widths with the roller then quickly drag a very soft 3-4” brush using the weight of the brush alone to flatten out any roller ripple. Continue this process until the entire surface is completed. It is very hard to paint an entire large surface with a brush alone.

13. If you are using Cottage Paint clay-based paint and you would like to distress the surface. It is easier if you distress it within 24 hours - the longer you wait the harder the surface becomes. Simply take a damp, lint-free cotton cloth and polish the surface and/or corners until the desired effect is achieved. This method gives you a genuine velvety smooth time-worn finish. A protective top coat is recommended. Visit “choosing your top coat” for information on what to use and how to apply it.

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