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Applying Paint Couture


    • “Normally” no sanding is required but in cases where the surface is extremely smooth, rough up the surface area lightly with 120 or 220 grit sandpaper.
    • Clean your piece by scrubbing it using the green side of a Scotch Brite Sponge with Krud Kutter Gloss-Off or Simple Green, then 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.
    • For Thermafoil (thin vinyl film on cabinets) remove the Thermafoil film by peeling off, scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper, apply a coat of XIM UMA primer.
    • NOTE:  if you are painting on Oak, Cherry or Mahogany wood there are tannin’s that can leach out.  In this case, add two coats of Mylands Sanding Sealer to prevent the tannin’s 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 Mylands 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.

Product Use Tips

  • Stir or shake the Paint Couture prior to each use.
  • Do not paint out of the can, pour off what you need and use.
  • Use a correct size and type of brush or roller.  We recommend a synthetic brush like the Zibra brush.  A 1/4′ nap velour roller works great to apply the paint on large flat surfaces.

Applying Paint Couture

  • Apply the 1st coat of Paint Couture with a brush or roller.  On large areas use a spray applicator such as an airless sprayer.  Ideally, the room temperature should be 50-90 degrees Fahrenheit, with humidity lower than 50%.
  • Let the paint dry a minimum of 4 hours.  Apply the same way as the first coat.
  • Clean up tools with warm, soapy water.

Aging and Protection

  • After a minimum of 4 hours you may apply Glaze Couture or Couture Topcoat.  Follow instructions for the product chosen.
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Happy Painting ~ Mary & Breanna 

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