Vintage Paint Hints & Tips

Use Vintage Paint whites to lighten other colours.  Try our Classic White, Antique White, Bone China, Glacier or Sandstone.

When painting small items or doing minor touch-ups use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process. Put it on medium heat so you don't scald your Vintage Paint.

Vintage Paint on its own has a satin finish; apply Vintage Clearcoat for a semi-gloss finish; or use Vintage Chalk to create a matt finish.

Wash brand new brushes in water before using. This will limit dust particles and loose bristles from ruining your Vintage Paint finish.

If painting large items with Vintage Paint clean your brush occasionally to keep the paint from drying inside the bristles.

Bright paints such as red work best on a even, light surface. Use Vintage Paint Neutral Basecoat first to increase coverage and vibrancy.

Don't scrape your brush along the edge of your Vintage Paint can. Paint will build up around the lip making the lid hard to close.

When using Vintage Paint to makeover a dresser avoid painting the sides of drawers. Paint might build up and stop the drawer from sliding in and out.

Laying multiple thin coats of Vintage Paint will give you a smooth even finish to your makeovers.  

Lightly sand between coats of Vintage Paint with 180 grit sandpaper for a smooth professional finish.

When using Vintage Paint check for paint drips and edge buildup as you work. Use your brush to remove the excess before it dries.

Use a smooth grade wood filler to fill small cracks and scratches prior to using Vintage Paint. Sand the filler smooth when dry.

Paint quickly but carefully. with Vintage Paint. Unless you want a textured finish, avoid over-working partially dry paint. 

Lightly dampen brushes and rollers before you begin painting with Vintage Paint. It will allow the paint to smooth and even out. 

Before starting to paint with Vintage Paint, place your furniture on a drop cloth or tarpaulin to avoid mishaps.

Vintage Paint  is super sticky - wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from stubborn paint stains.

Stir  Vintage Paint  with a small flat paddle stick before use. Shaking is the less effective method of mixing paint.

For extra shine and durability use Vintage Clearcoat over your Vintage Paint finish. 
Ensure Vintage Paint is thoroughly dry before using masking tape or sandpaper to avoid peeling or damaging the finish.

If using masking tape, remove the tape just before your Vintage Paint finish is fully dries to get a smooth, clean edge.

Mix Vintage Chalk Powder to Vintage Paint to create your own chalk based furniture paint with a matt sheen.

Before painting with Vintage Paint, remove flakey varnish or paint with a paint scrapper or sandpaper to stabilise the surface. 
You can dilute Vintage Paint with water to create different effects. Add a little water at a time and stir well. 

For a professional finish, dilute the final coat of  Vintage Paint with a little water to create a smooth topcoat.

Paint in long strokes in the direction of the wood grain. This will keep your Vintage Paint finish looking smooth and professional. 

Before using Vintage Paint, remove hardware such as handles and hinges. Keep them in a labelled bag for safe-keeping.

Mix Vintage Paint with Vintage Chalk Powder to make your very own blackboard paint in any colour you want. 

Prime Vintage Paint blackboards by rubbing a stick of chalk across the entire surface and dusting off.

Sugar soap is an excellent detergent for cleaning furniture before your Vintage Paint makeovers. 

If you see stains bleeding through your paint seal with Voodoo Molly Stainblock Primer and allow to dry before finishing off with Vintage Paint.

Use good quality brushes so you don't end up with loose bristles or rough textures in your Vintage Paint finish. 

When transforming flat-pack furniture made from plastic laminate use Voodoo Molly Bondcoat Primer before painting to ensure you paint will adhere fully. 

In between coats of Vintage Paint, try wrapping your brush or roller in plastic wrap to avoid having to constantly wash it!

Vintage Paint Steps for pre-painted furniture. 1. Lightly sand. 2. clean with detergent. 3. Transform with Vintage Paint.  

A good quality brush will make all the difference. For Vintage Paint select a brush suitable for waterbased paints with synthetic bristles. 

If you have used too much Vintage Paint on drawer sides, rub on candle wax to help them slide in and out. 

Prolong the life of your brushes by washing the Vintage Paint out with water and a little mild soap. Dry your brushes flat.

Before starting your Vintage Paint project, place furniture legs on upturned tins. It will makes the feet easier to paint.

Avoid painting in the direct sun or wind. Your Vintage Paint will dry too fast and make the paint surface rougher. 

Vintage Paint does not need an undercoat when paint over pre-painted or bare wood furniture. Simply prep your item and start painting!

When painting large items, such as wardrobes and dining tables, try applying Vintage Paint with a roller or paint sprayer. It will be faster and give an flatter, even finish.

Electric sanders can be helpful before and after using Vintage Paint. Use it to prep your finish first, then after painting use it for distressing and aging. 

When Vintage Painting your chests of drawers, it's helpful to start painting from top to bottom. This will help you to control paint drips.

Avoid overloading your brush or roller with too much Vintage Paint. You will only get in a mess and use more paint than is necessary.

After finishing your project with Vintage Paint, avoid placing objects on the surface for 7 days to help the paint to cure completely. 

Removing paint from old furniture can expose you to toxic leaded paint. Great news is, Vintage Paint can be applied directly over the existing finish without stripping!

When transforming tables and chair with Vintage paint, turn them over and paint the underside first. Then flip them right-way-up and complete. You will end up with a nicer finish. 

Before starting your Vintage Paint project, check your furniture for borer or wood worm. Borer is live if sawdust falls from the holes when you tap it. Use an insecticide to kill it. 

Sandpaper can help distress Vintage Paint. Use 80 grit for rough distressing, 120 for moderate distressing, and 180 grit for soft, delicate distressing.

Use the "dry-brush" method of creating a weathered, aged texture to your paint finish. Dip a dry brush in a little Vintage Paint and lightly drag it over the surface. 

Preparing your furniture before painting with Vintage Paint will give you a great result. Light sand off rough surfaces and clean well with detergent.