Top Tips To Get You Started
Autentico Paint has one of the widest ranges of colours of any furniture paint company (over 150!) and its easy to get amazing results! So here are a few tips which will help you get the perfect finish on your piece.
Autentico will paint straight onto wood (solid or veneer), glass, plastic, metal, fabric, leather and much more.
Its all in the Prep…
Remove any dust and clean the surface with Omniclean or sugar soap, I always recommend doing this as if you have picked a piece up from a charity shop or car boot you have no idea where it has been. This gives you the perfect painting surface!
You don’t need to sand or prime but if you are looking for a smooth finish you will need to fill in any dents or damaged areas. If it has a high gloss finish, I would recommend giving it a light sand all over to ensure that the paint will adhere. Most people work with the natural wear and tear of the wood as it adds to the character ☺️
If your piece is dark wood and could be prone to bleed through a coat of primer or undercoat could save you time in the future. Personally I always use the undercoat under every piece as its a pain if you get bleed through and have to deal with it later.
Let’s get down to Painting..
Make sure your tin is at room temperature and stir it well to ensure the chalk is mixed in throughly. You can make the paint thicker by leaving the lid off for a while or thinner by adding water. This allows you to create the texture you want. You can also build up layers of paint in certain areas if you want to create a worn look later.
Whilst coverage is great with Autentico, thin coats are better than thick coats and you will need 2-3 to achieve a solid colour. If you lightly sand between coats using 180 grit or higher sandpaper you will find that the finish is much smoother. Watering down the paint a little for the second and third coats can also help achieve this finish.
The paint is touch dry in 20mins but wait 4 hours between coats. Keep your brushes wrapped clingfilm to prevent them drying out if you are doing the whole job in a day, otherwise just wash with water.
Distressing a piece is probably the easiest way to give it an aged, worn look. Think about where and how your piece of furniture would have naturally aged and concentrate in these areas - corners, edges, etc
When choosing sandpaper, remember the lower grit number the coarser the paper will be. I recommend starting with 180 grit or higher to build confidence in achieving your finished look.
You can also use a damp tissue or wet wipe to wipe away the paint in the distressed areas to give a smoother look. If you have done a different colour underneath the final coat and want to bring this out rather than the wood, give the first layer a coat of varnish before painting on your final coat. Then once dry, use a damp sponge to remove the top layer, revealing the first colour. Ideal if you don't want to sand you piece of furniture.
Once fully dry, you need to seal the paint with either a matt varnish or clear wax. Again thin layers are better than thick. With wax, apply thin layers in a circular motion and then wipe away the excess. Leave 24 hours between layers.
After 24 hours the wax can be buffed to produce a shine or you can leave it matt. If left longer the wax can be hard to buff but can be softened with another layer of wax.
It can take up to 30 days for the wax to fully cure, though the piece can be used after a few days with care.
Wood Colour bleeding through paint
Some pieces of furniture (usually pre-1930s) contain tannins, which will bleed through the paint no matter how many layers are put on. This is an easy fix, give your piece a coat of primer or matt varnish either before you start or over the paint if you are mid-project, then carry on with your painting as normal. This will block the staining from coming through.
Distressed too much
Simply paint over the areas you are not happy with and try again - easy!
Sand these back and carry on as normal. You may need an extra coat if you have sanded back to the wood.
Too many brush strokes showing
If you are after a smoother finish try adding a little water to your paint or dip your brush tip in a little water beforehand to thin the paint. Sanding with a very fine sandpaper between coats will also help.
Use a good quality synthetic fibre brush as you will find that the paint comes off much smoother and will leave you with less visible brush marks!
I hope these tips give you the confidence to get started on your painting journey. If you want to learn some more advanced techniques, why not take one of the workshops that I run in the shop? These can be booked online - HERE
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