Extra Tips and Tricks

Tips and Ideas

 1.  Clean well with APC Surface Prep and Brush Cleaner before painting.  The Cleaner is highly concentrated and a small amount should be added to water. Make any necessary repairs.  Sanding is not needed for paint adhesion but sand any old rough, peeling paint if desired.  Sand any area that appears too slick and might need some ‘bite’ to it.

2.  When possible, turn furniture upside down to begin painting to ensure covering all areas.

3.  Paint can be thinned with a small amount of water if desired.  This should be done in another container, NOT the original container as to not contaminate the product.

4.  If you experience an area that bleeds through the paint, stop immediately.  Sand off dried paint, spray with spray shellac to provide a barrier seal or cover with Top Coat.  Repaint sanded areas.

5.  You can paint metal hardware.  Paint with one or two coats of paint.  Dry completely, seal with wax or Top Coat.

6.  Wrap brushes in cling wrap if there is going to be extended time between coats.

7.  Paint will be much lighter dry than when it is wet (don’t worry) it will darken again after wax or Top Coat is applied!

8.  Sanding lightly with 500 grit sandpaper prior to clear wax or Top Coat will give a velvety smooth touch and if two separate colors are used it will bring out color variations in the paint layers.  Sanding can also be done with a rumpled brown paper bag.

9.   Limit use of furniture for about a week while it cures.

10.  Don’t let paint get too hot or let it freeze!

11.  It’s best to pour paint into a small container instead of painting from the container to reduce contamination.

12.  When trying a new technique, test first on a sample board.

13.  You cannot mess up!  If you don’t like your results,  just sand, wipe with denatured alcohol if wax has been used and repaint!   Half the fun is experimenting with paint, finishes and techniques!

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