How many coats of Vintage Paint do I need for my project?This all depends on what you're painting, what you're painting it with, and your painting style.
On average you will need 2-3 coats for light to medium colours such as light blue or white.
For black or dark grey 3-4 coats will give you a great finish.
You will need 4-5 coats for bright colours such as red. To increase the coverage of bright colours use Vintage Basecoat.
Do I need to wax my furniture after painting?No, not unless you want to!
Vintage Paint does not rely on wax for durability. Wax can be applied to give it a soft lustre or silky feel.
If you do want to wax your furniture, try our 100% natural Vintage Wax.
Do I need to prep my furniture first?Yes, preparing your finish will give you the best result.
1. Remover any hardware such as hinges and knobs.
2. Lightly scuff with 120 grit sandpaper to remove any loose particles and to create 'tooth'.
3. Repair any scratches or dents with builders filler.
4. Lastly, clean, rinse and dry it really well.
What coverage should I expect with Vintage Paint?On average, Vintage Paint will give you 14sqm per 1 litre coverage.
The colour you use, the surface you paint on and what tool you use to apply the paint will affect coverage.
How matte or shiny is Vintage Paint?Vintage Paint is a low satin sheen (eggshell).
For a matte sheen add Vintage Chalk Powder.
If you want to make it shiner apply a coat of Vintage Clearcoat.
How long should I wait to apply another coat or to apply clearcoat?You can apply another coat of Vintage Paint, or a coat of Vintage Clearcoat as soon as it is dry.
If you are using Vintage Clearcoat over another brand of paint, wait 28 days for it to fully cure.
What is the difference between Vintage Paint and Chalk Paint?Vintage Paint and chalk paint are two VERY different products. Their only similarities are how you apply it -- both don't need to be applied over an undercoat.
Traditional chalk paint is called 'distemper' paint. It is chalky, breatheable and textural and is used on interior walls and furniture. It is not washable, even when dry, but it does adheres to most surfaces. In its most basic form distemper is made from chalk (whiting) and a binder (glue size). To be functional on furniture, chalk paint must be sealed with wax or varnish before use.
Vintage Paint on the other hand is a complex acrylic based paint. Unlike chalk paint it does not rely on a protective coat of wax or clearcoat for durability, nor can it be washed off once dry. Vintage Paint contains various ingredients to reduce brush marks, be a self-primer, be durable longterm and to provide fast curing.
How do I distress Vintage Paint for a shabby chic look?Simple distressing is as easy as sanding. Use 120 grit sandpaper to lightly rub back the corners and edges of your project.
You could also use a random orbital sander for a heavier distressed look. Experiment with different grit numbers.
For a chippy effect, use two different coloured layers. After the first colour is dry, apply wax in strategic parts. Apply the second colour. When dry, use sandpaper to distress.
Dry brushing creates a washed/coastal distressed look. After the first coat is dry, use another colour for the top coat. With a large brush, dip the bristles in a little paint and drag the brush over the surface.
What is the differences between your whites?Classic White - Basic furniture white that is clean and fresh.
Antique White - A warm soft white with cream undertone.
Bone China - A cool white that has a grey undertone.
Glacier - A cool white that has a blue undertone.
Sandstone - A warm neutral with a beige undertone.
What brush should I use and how do I clean them?We recommend good quality synthetic brushes for applying Vintage Paint products.
All our products are water-based, so you can clean brushes with water.