“Normally” when painting most wood furniture no sanding or priming is required but in cases where the surface is extremely smooth, rough up the surface area lightly with 120 or 220 grit sandpaper.

Always clean your work by scrubbing it using the green side of a Scotch Brite Sponge with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green, then use a damp cloth to wipe it dry.

For MDF (medium density fiberboard) plastic laminate and IKEA furniture – scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper, apply a coat of XIM UMA primer.

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NOTE:  if you are painting on Oak, Cherry or Mahogany wood there are tannins that can leach out.  In this case, add two coats of a stain blocking primer to prevent the tannins from leaching out.  Let your work dry a minimum of 1 hour before proceeding. 

Over raw wood the grain will raise, to overcome this apply 2 coats of a Sanding Sealer prior to painting.  Otherwise you will need to sand with 220 grit sandpaper between paint coats.

On kitchen cabinets in addition to cleaning with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green use denatured alcohol, this will remove grease that has accumulated in the kitchen.

Stir the Paint Couture Paint prior to each use.

To extend the shelf life of your product, do not paint out of the container as this can cause contamination.

Use the correct size and type of brush or roller.  We recommend a synthetic brush. A 1/4′ nap velour roller works great to apply the paint on large flat surfaces.

One quart will cover approximately 125 to 150 sq ft

Apply the first coat of Paint Couture with a brush or roller.  On large areas use a spray applicator such as an airless sprayer. You may need to add up to 10% water to thin out your paint depending on the sprayer being used.  Ideally when painting, the room temperature should be 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity lower than 50%.

Let the paint dry a minimum of 2 hours before recoating. Apply the same way as the first coat.

After a minimum of 2 hours you may apply Glaze Couture or Couture Topcoat as desired.  Follow instructions for the product chosen.

Distressing may be done with a fine grit sandpaper or sanding block. 400 grit or higher is recommended to avoid scratching. 

A Topcoat is not required for all projects but recommended for a longer and lasting durabilty. Table tops and cabinetry should be topcoated. Use your best judgement depending on the interaction of your project. Is it being interacted with daily or simply decor to be looked at?  We recommend light use after 24 hour dry time and full use after 7 days.