Paint

Steps

Stir paint very well.
Do not paint directly out of the can. Pour paint into smaller container and wipe lid to keep clean.
Apply to clean piece of furniture with synthetic bristle brush or foam roller. Use a natural-bristled brush for more texture.
Allow to dry thoroughly before applying a finish product. Paint dries from the top to bottom, so allow enough time to completely dry.
Apply second coat if needed.
Apply sealer (Endurance, Flat Matte, or Satin Finish) or wax (Clear Wax or Waxing Cream) to protect finish.

Pro Tip

Give thought to the look you desire your finished piece to have.  Using the appropriate type of brush strokes and type of brush will make achieving that result easier.

Stain + Finish

Steps

Prep Tips --See this link for more information
Prepare surface for Stain + Finish
Apply a thin, even coat in the direction of the grain using a staining pad, lint free cloth, or brush.
Remove any excess or pooled stain.
Allow to dry.
Repeat until desired depth of color is achieved, lightly sanding with fine steel wool between coats and after final coat.
For high-use pieces, you may need to apply an additional sealer (Endurance) if you used less than three coats of Stain + Finish.

Pro Tip

Always apply stain in the direction of the wood grain for best results.

Stain + Glaze can be applied as a ‘glaze’ to a previously painted piece. Apply a clear sealer barrier (Endurance, Satin Finish, Clear Glaze, etc) and then apply the Stain + Finish with a lint free cloth or brush. Wipe off excess, if desired.

Aging Cream

Steps

Apply a light coat with brush, finger, or cloth to chosen area.
Allow to rest a few minutes.
Remove any excess.

Pro Tip

Application of a light coat of Waxing Cream or Clear Wax to your project piece first is like buying insurance. The uncolored wax makes removal of Aging Cream much easier if it is over applied.  (A very common new user mistake.)

 

Paintbrush Soap

Steps

Rinse excess paint from brush.
Swirl brush in soap.
Work soap into brush.
Rinse brush in clean water.

Pro Tip

Leave the lid off the soap container until the soap cake dries to prevent soap cake from becoming soggy.

Aging Dust

Steps

Brush on over a waxed surface.
Allow to sit 20-ish minutes.
Gently remove excess dust.

Pro Tip

If you want to add an instant patina to a piece of furniture that does not have a lot of design interest (no carvings, turnings or embellishments), paint your piece with a heavily textured stroke.  The stroke’s texture will give the Aging Dust tiny crevices to settle into, adding an aged appearance.

Metallic Wax

Steps

Apply thinly over desired area.
Add additional layers to deepen the effect.
Remove any excess.

Pro Tip

Best applied with a stiff brush or fingertip.  Remove any excess.  Allow to dry, then buff if desired.

Wax

Steps

Allow paint to dry completely.
Apply a small amount of wax with a brush or lint-free cloth to the piece, working in small sections.
Allow Clear Wax to dry for 4 - 24hrs. Waxing Cream can buffed immediately.
Buff with a clean soft brush or lint-free cloth to a shine.
Full curing takes about 30 days.

Pro Tip

Use the “less is more” approach when applying wax.  Over application of wax will leave a project streaky, hazed and tacky feeling. If this happens, stop applying wax and let the piece dry for several days and then buff.

Do not put any sealer or other products over wax. Waxes should always be the last step, whether as a sealer or an enhancement.

Satin Finish

Steps

Apply a thin, even coat of the sealer to the painted piece.
Remove any pooling of product or finish may turn milky.
Allow to dry for at least 2 hours between coats.
Up to 2 coats may be applied.

Pro Tip

Apply in thin coats, in a single direction.

No need to wax after use. This is your final step.

Endurance

Steps

Stir the contents well to incorporate the solids that have settled to the bottom.
Apply a very thin, even coat over paint that has been dry for at least 24 hours.
Remove any pooling of product or finish may turn milky. (If you are getting a milky finish, you are applying too much.)
Allow to dry for at least 2 hours between coats.
Light sanding between every other coat will help smooth the surface.
Up to 6 coats may be applied for high use, especially on tabletops or cabinetry.
Hot pads and/or coasters are always recommended for use on any painted furniture for added protection.

Pro Tip

This is your final step. There is no need to wax.

Glaze

Steps

Apply clear glaze and allow to dry.
Tint clear glaze and apply to project.
Work in small areas for best results.
Allow to dry.
Apply protective finish, if the piece will be heavy use. Decorative pieces or pieces not handled often can be left as is.
See the printable PDF for more detailed techniques.

Pro Tip

Always apply a clear first coat and then the tinted coat for best results.

Flat Matte

Steps

Stir well to incorporate any settled solids.
Apply thin coat with brush or spray bottle.
Apply second coat over damp first coat.
Remove any pooled product.
Allow several hours to dry.

Pro Tip

Flat Matte is a water-resistant sealer if used on real wood.

This is your final step. There is no need to wax.

General Safety Warning

Any time you sand, we recommend you use Personal Protection Equipment to ensure you do not inhale any of the dust.

Never cut into old layers of paint on a project if you are not 100% sure it does not contain lead-based paint. You do not want to release the lead into your environment.