FAQ

What is the legal entity of The Couture Collection!™?
What has made The Couture Collection! such an overnight success?
Does Great Walls Supply make all of the products sold under The Couture Collection! names?
How does Paint Couture compare to chalk like paints?
Do I have to sand my work prior to applying Paint Couture?
What is the coverage in one quart of Paint Couture?
What do I use for clean up and to clean brushes?
Can you use Paint Couture in a sprayer?
Will Paint Couture be OK on kitchen or bathroom cabinets?
How durable is Paint Couture?
Do I need a Topcoat with Paint Couture?
Where is Paint Couture made?
Is there a true "black" color available in the Paint Couture line?
What experience level is required to use the Couture products?
How do I use Paint Couture on raw wood or unfinished furniture?
Can I paint IKEA furniture with The Couture Collection?
Can I paint a Childs Crib with The Couture Collection?
What is Glaze Couture?
How do Couture Topcoats compare to other Varnishes, Topcoats, and Polyurethanes?
Is there a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) available on all of the Couture Products?
What is the VOC content for Paint Couture?
Can the Couture products be shipped into California?
How long does it take to get an order shipped?
Who do you use for your shipping?
Do you charge 2 or 3 percent for customers using a credit card to pay for their order?
Can any of The Couture Collection be used on exterior work?
Can Couture Topcoat be used on top of Chalk or Milk Paints?
Is there any odor to Couture Topcoat?
What is the shelf life of Paint Couture?

What is the legal entity of The Couture Collection!™?
All of The Couture Collection!™ products and Trademarks are owned by Great Walls Supply, Inc. a North Carolina Corporation. Great Walls Supply is a 7 year old profitable company with annual sales over 1 million dollars. The two major stockholders are Mike and Micki Coles. In addition to The Couture Collection! of products, Great Walls Supply is a major supplier of Paint, Faux and Plaster supplies to professional applicators in the Carolinas.

What has made The Couture Collection! such an overnight success?
There are so many options for the DIY market to choose from. For example, the Paint Couture product is so durable a topcoat may not be required. With the Paint and the Glazes available the customer can create hundreds color combinations. Couture Topcoat is a water born product with little to no odor and there are five sheen levels to choose from. All of the Couture products are LOW VOC or ZERO VOC and Eco Friendly. Just like so many other Chalk Like Paints and Milk Paints there is no sanding or priming required. And last but not least, the products are far less costly than most other products available in the Decor Paint Industry. Customers love The Couture Collection!

Does Great Walls Supply make all of the products sold under The Couture Collection! names?
No. Great Walls Supply has an exclusive manufacturing product arrangement with 4 different major paint companies. All four of these companies are in the USA and have been in business for decades. It is a great partner relationship with these four companies and Great Walls Supply.

How does Paint Couture compare to chalk like paints?
Paint Couture is NOT a chalk like paint, and it has no chalk. Paint Couture is NOT a latex paint! Paint Couture is a Zero VOC product. Paint Couture is environmentally safe, 100% acrylic based paint, without any of the highly carcinogenic PVA (polyvinyl alcohol). The paint is formulated to have great adhesion properties to all kinds of smooth surfaces. On most surfaces it does not need a primer! In most cases Paint Couture is a far easier product to work with than chalk-based products. The results are beautiful and more professional looking than with the chalk like or simple inexpensive latex paint finishes. It easily produces smooth contemporary and elegant finishes. Paint Couture will dry very hard and is extremely durable because it is an acrylic paint. It will not show the wear chalk type paints show so quickly.

Do I have to sand my work prior to applying Paint Couture?
No, Paint Couture was designed to have great adhesion properties to most all previous painted, varnished, or lacquered surfaces. There are some super slick surface areas (like laminates and melamine) that should have a light amount of sanding to rough up the surface area prior to painting.

What is the coverage in one quart of Paint Couture?
A quart will cover approximately 100 square feet.

What do I use for clean up and to clean brushes?
Just warm water and soap will clean up all of the Couture products.

Can you use Paint Couture in a sprayer?
Yes! Paint Couture and Couture Topcoat can easily be used in a sprayer. Some Paint Couture colors may need a little water (up to 10%) added, but most colors can be sprayed as is. Couture Topcoat may be sprayed as is.

Will Paint Couture be OK on kitchen or bathroom cabinets?
Many professional painters use Paint Couture on kitchen and bath cabinets. Some Paint Couture colors will require two coats and of course you will need to add at least one coat of Couture Topcoat for the sheen, stain resistance, and durability desired.

How durable is Paint Couture?
Paint Couture by itself is far more durable than other chalk like paints, but in order to gain excellent stain resistance a topcoat is recommended. One coat of Couture Topcoat will provide the durability of 3 coats of wax. Some applications may need two coats of Couture Topcoat for long lasting durability.

Do I need a Topcoat with Paint Couture?
Paint Couture is a hard wearing acrylic resin paint; however, we do recommend the use of our acrylic antiquing glazes and topcoats for durable finishes long term. To further define this, there are certain surfaces that we recommend the use of a topcoat over the layers of our paint and glazes. Examples of surfaces that take a lot of wear and tear and would need a topcoat are: a child’s dresser, end tables with a lot of accessories on them, a kitchen table top, and any cabinets. Examples of surfaces that do not get a lot of use where paint would be fine by itself are mirrors, picture frames, side table legs. Most other every day surfaces would only require the use of our antiquing glazes over the paint for a protective finish. See below for an easier explanation:

• Paint Couture = Durable
• Paint Couture + Glaze Couture = Protective
• Paint Couture + Couture Topcoat = Very Durable
• Paint Couture + Glaze Couture + Couture Topcoat = Most Durable & Protective

Where is Paint Couture made?
All of the Couture Collection products (Paint, Glaze, Topcoats and Gilding Waxes) are made In the USA.

Is there a true "black" color available in the Paint Couture line?
Yes, it's named Baltic Black and it's a deep true black and one of the top 5 selling colors in the line.

What experience level is required to use the Couture products?
The first time DIYer will be able to use all of the Couture products and achieve beautiful results. In addition, there are a number of classes offered by The Couture Collection! Distributors to educate the DIYer with advanced painting tips and techniques to achieve higher level finishes.

How do I use Paint Couture on raw wood or unfinished furniture?
We recommend you apply one or two coats (depends on the type of wood) of Mylands Sanding Sealer to all of the surface areas. Wait about 30 minutes between these coats. You can then apply Paint Couture after waiting about two hours. With some types of raw wood you can just paint two coats of Paint Couture. The Mylands Sanding Sealer will stop the Tannis in the wood from leaking through.

Can I paint IKEA furniture with the Couture Collection?
Yes, many hundreds of pieces have been painted with The Couture Collection! Be sure to rough up the unique IKEA surface area with 200 grit sandpaper and then follow the normal cleaning process recommended for painting with Paint Couture. We do recommend two coats of Paint Couture and waiting a full 24 hours between coats of Paint Couture. After you paint you may apply Glaze Couture and or Couture Topcoat.

Can I paint a Childs Crib with The Couture Collection?
No. Due to so many Federal Regulations on materials for Baby Cribs and testing standards, we do not recommend any of the Couture products to paint Baby Cribs.

What is Glaze Couture?
There are 12 colors of Gaze Couture that have been developed to glaze and seal painted furniture and cabinets. Glaze Couture is a water-based product that compliments Paint Couture, chalk based paints, and Milk Paint. The product has superb workability with a long open time for the DIY marketplace. When dry the product will have a Matte sheen and in many cases will not require a topcoat.

How do Couture Topcoats compare to other Varnishes, Topcoats, and Polyurethanes?
Couture Topcoat is a water based, acrylic, non-yellowing, clear topcoat. Couture Topcoat provides the extra durability for the high traffic surfaces like kitchen and bath cabinets, table surfaces, doors, and seating. It is very easy for anyone to apply; it can be brushed, rolled or sprayed. It has all of the beauty and durability of varnish or polyurethanes at a very low cost. It has little to no odor, and is low in VOC content. It does not produce gas bubbles as it dries, and it does not yellow with age, like so many other topcoats and poly's.

Is there a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) available on all of the Couture Products?
Yes, there is a MSDS for each of the Couture Products.

What is the VOC content for Paint Couture?
All of the 28 Paint Couture colors are ZERO VOC.

Can the Couture products be shipped into California?
Yes, all of the Couture products comply with Prop 65 requirements and are labeled correctly.

How long does it take to get an order shipped?
Orders that are in by 12 noon (EST) generally ship the same day.

Who do you use for your shipping?
We use UPS Ground. We use UPS shipping so you don't have to pay for a truck with a lift gate and then carry all of the boxes from the street to your store. With UPS they deliver the boxes to the inside area of your store.

Do you charge 2 or 3 percent for customers using a credit card to pay for their order?
NO, there is NO CHARGE from us for using a credit card.

Can any of The Couture Collection be used on exterior work?
No. There is no UV protection added to the Couture Products, which is a requirement for exterior paint so it will hold its color and not fade.

Can Couture Topcoat be used on top of Chalk or Milk Paints?
In most cases, Yes, with fantastic results! You should test applying Couture Topcoat on the paint to be sure it will perform and dry completely. Some Chalk like paints hold a lot of moisture and this can cause Couture Topcoat to remain tacky for a longer time period. One coat of Couture Topcoat will give you the look of a professional wax job with three coats of wax. With this product you simply brush or roll it on and it will lay down flat and turn clear. A great no fuss product, and it has super durability and stain resistance. When dry it is very hard and very scratch resistance.

Is there any odor to Couture Topcoat?
While so many Topcoat products have a very unpleasant odor, Couture Topcoat has little to no smell.

What is the shelf life of Paint Couture?
When properly stored, unopened cans of Paint Couture have a shelf life of at least 2 years. Cans that have been opened and where exposed to microbial contamination from stir sticks or paintbrushes will have a much shorter shelf life. Therefore, we recommend pouring the required amount of paint into a separate container and immediately resealing the can and then store the can in a cool dry place.