How to paint:
Step 1 – Clean surface PROPERLY with Lacquer thinners (we use Powerfix Lacquer thinners). Wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated space.
Wait until the lacquer thinners is dry 20 – 40 minutes. I would then repeat the cleaning process again. (WE DON’T RECOMMEND TO PAINT ONTO A VARNISHED SURFACE IF THE SURFACE HAS BEEN VARNISHED WITHIN THE PAST 6 MONTHS. Varnish takes at least 6 months to cure. When painting onto an enamel surface – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to give the right advice.)
Step 2 – Start painting. We recommend painting at least two coats. Very important when painting is to always allow a coat of paint to dry properly before the next coat of paint is applied. Depending on the colour being used a third coat would be necessary for example painting a white paint onto a darker surface.
The equipment you use for painting also plays a role. A foam roller leaves a much thinner coat of paint than a paint brush. Therefore, more coats of paint would be required when working with a foam roller.
The paint does have a matt finish (Tjhoko Paint is a self-sealing, water-based, matt chalk paint) it does not need a sealant unless you have the piece of furniture outside or in a room like the kitchen or bathroom where there is lots of moisture. The Glaze makes the surface water and UV-Resistant. It also prevents stains and provides a more washable surface. We also recommend to seal tabletops and pedestal tops, kitchen, and bathroom wall tiles (painting in showers not recommended).
Step 3 – If you are applying the clear glaze, always allow the paint to dry for at least 4 hours before starting with the glaze application. In coastal areas or during winter months we recommend to only start glazing the next day (leave paint to cure overnight).
- Dilute the Clear Glaze with 30% water (30ml of water for every 100ml of Glaze) or 3 parts Clear Glaze and 1-part water. (we recommend cooled, boiled water as it is less contaminated)
- On darker Tjhoko colours we recommend 50/50 (1-part Tjhoko Clear Glaze and 1-part water. You can also use this ratio for a less sheen finish.)
- Dampen a clean, colourless cloth with water and squeeze to remove all excess moisture. A Microfibre cloth works best.
- Dip the cloth completely in the mixture to absorb the mix and then squeeze to remove excess moisture.
- Evenly wipe onto the painted surface. Work in a well-lit room to ensure that the entire surface is covered. If streakiness or lines occur – (it is caused by the fabric / cloth) just apply a second coat, half an hour later.
- Should you wish to change colour or add paint techniques over the clear glaze, you can do so once it it has cured for an hour or longer.