Painting FAQ

How can i buy Vintage Paint?

You can buy Vintage Paint products from one of our many stockists. We have stockists right across New Zealand and a few in Australia. You can view our stockist lists here

How many coats of Vintage Paint do I need for my project?

The number of Vintage Paint coats depend 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 Neutral 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 12-14sqm 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.
Traditional chalk paint is called 'distemper' paint. It is chalky, breatheable, textural and is used on interior walls and furniture. In its most basic form distemper is made from chalk (whiting) and a binder (glue size). It is not washable, even when dry. 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, have self-priming properties, have longterm durability and provide fast curing times.

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. You can view our full colour range here

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.

Why does Voodoo Molly have primers and clearcoats if Vintage paint doesn't need either?

When painting over pre-painted, pre-varnished or bare wooden furniture, in most cases you will not need anything other than Vintage Paint
We have a great range of supporting products suitable for furniture that is made of metalglasslaminateredwoods etc. We have included a great product called Neutral Basecoat to assist you when painting bright colours such as Cherry Bomb.
Our clearcoats and wax are perfect if you want to increase the sheen level of Vintage Paint, or if you have high-use areas such as step-stools and table tops. 

Do I have to sand my surface before painting?

Vintage Paint does not require any laborious stripping or sanding, however its best to light sand all projects before starting. This will help prepare your surface into the best foundation possible! A light scuff with 120 grit sandpaper will be adequate for most projects.  

How long should I stir Vintage Paint?

Acrylic based paints should be stirred for at least five minutes, with a flat paddle to fully incorporate all the ingredients. If it has been in storage for a while, this will take longer to stir especially if the contents have started to settle. 

Why should i seal my project?

Sealing furniture can mean one of two things. Sealing the surface BEFORE painting and sealing the surface AFTER painting.
Sealing before you paint is usually done to prevent stains bleeding through your paint. Common causes of stains are tannin bleed from redwoods, ink stains, water stains, nicotine. To seal the stains in, use Voodoo Molly Stainblock Primer.
Sealing after painting usually refers to adding a clearcoat finish. This would be required if you want to increase the sheen level, or your furniture is a heavy useitem. Use Voodoo Molly ClearcoatVoodoo Molly Wax may also be used as a sealer after painting, but is not recommend on table-tops.  

What is the difference between clearcoat and wax, and which should i use?

Voodoo Molly Vintage Clearcoat is a water-based polyurethane available in Low Sheen or Semi Gloss. Use clearcoat to permanently increase the sheen level of your project, or if the item is well-used such as table tops and step-stools.
Use Voodoo Molly Vintage Wax to provide a soft lustre. Wax is not a permanent coating, so you will need to reapply it every 6-8 weeks to maintain it. Wax can beused over paint, raw timber, antiques and leather, however its not recommended on tabletops. 

Is Vintage Wax sticky when you apply it and would it stay like that?

Vintage Wax is not a sticky product at all. Apply with a soft brush or lint-free cloth and allow to set overnight. The next day buff to a soft lustre with a lint-free cloth. 

Does your Vintage Clearcoat and your Vintage Wax yellow over time?

Both our Vintage Clearcoat and our Vintage Wax are non-yellowing. Both are safe to use on white items, without affecting its colouring. 

Can I get a white-wash or colour-wash look with vintage paint

Yes! You can either create a wash with Vintage Paint (any colour), or buy our Vintage Stain Whitewash. Here is a whitewashing video to help. 

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