Product Instructions - Silk All-In-One
- Clean your project with Dixie Belle White Lightening and rinse well. Do NOT add water to this paint or use a mister. It will break down the paint.
- Test your project for any residual wax by running your fingernail across the top. If any material balls up with your nail, that’s wax and must be removed before painting. Soap will not remove wax. Clean with Odorless Mineral Spirits and rinse very well.
- When piece is dry, do a light scuff sand – your goal is not to remove the finish on your piece, just to scuff it up a bit to take down the gloss a bit. You can easily do this with 150-180 or 220 sand paper. This is a quick, easy process. If it’s difficult – you’re likely sanding too much. Just rough the piece up a little bit.
- Apply 1st coat of SILK MINERAL PAINT using a dry synthetic brush. The synthetic brush is key to a smooth finish. Natural bristles are stiffer and will dig into the paint leaving brush strokes. Synthetic bristles tend to glide over the surface and leave a finish without brush strokes. Papa’s carries several different synthetic brushes that would be perfect for your project.
- Apply SILK with long, smooth strokes and a loaded brush. Dip the brush about 1” into the paint and only wipe a minimal amount of paint off on the side of the container. The paint itself is what keeps the brush moving without dragging and creating brush strokes. I try to paint in one direction with this paint – the first pass to apply, the 2nd pass to smooth. The paint starts to dry very quickly so you need to be careful not to overwork the paint. You’ll be applying a 2nd coat, so don’t be concerned if it’s not perfect with the first layer.
- Allow 1st coat of paint to dry at least 2 hours – more if it’s cold or humid. This paint dries from the top down, so it can feel dry to the touch quickly, but still be wet underneath. If you apply your 2nd layer too soon, it will lift or drag the first. It’s better to wait longer than to apply your 2nd coat too soon.
- SILK has incredible coverage and with many colors it will cover well with only one coat. It’s best to apply a 2nd coat on all projects for durability. I think of the 1st coat as my primer and paint and the 2nd coat as my paint and topcoat.
- Apply 2nd coat in long, smooth strokes – again being careful to not overwork. The paint should just glide on. If it’s dragging, you don’t have enough paint on your brush.
- If you want to distress the piece, do it 4-8 hours after 2nd coat is applied.
- Allow your project to dry for 24 hours before applying wax, glaze or any other decorative finishes you may want to add.
- If your piece is not wood or has a very shiny finish, a coat of Slick Stick is suggested. Allow the Slick Stick to dry for 2 hours before painting.
- If your piece is a known bleeder (mahogany, unfinished wood, pine with knots, builders grade oak) it’s possible you’ll have some tannin bleed through from the wood after your first coat of paint. There is the equivalent of one coat of BOSS stain/tannin blocker in SILK. You could preventively apply a coat of BOSS before your 1st coat of SILK or wait until after you’ve painted to see if it bleeds. If you have bleed through after paint application, apply BOSS to bleed area, allow to dry, repaint area with SILK and it should be fine.