Following these 3 basic precepts will ensure successful
results with every project.
beginning any project always test an area first to determine compatibility of
the product with the surface being treated.
This is imperative when using more aggressive substances, i.e.,
lacquers, oil-based products and alcohol-based products (shellacs, aniline
dyes) because of the potential of disastrous chemical reactions.
boards is a very effective way to learn methods of application and to
understand technique, especially when creating glazed surfaces, using water-based
or oil-based glaze coats.
and drips are unavoidable side-effects from paint application. Therefore,
always protect areas to be treated with drop cloths and/or tape. This minimizes
potential damage to surrounding surfaces like fabrics, wallpaper and furniture.
Efficiently masking areas likely to be affected using painter’s tape can save
a substantial amount of time and effort in the clean-up after completion of the
an area to be taped before beginning the masking job. Wallpaper is particularly
susceptible to tearing. Lacquer and varnish surfaces on furniture may come off
easily with the tape and the item could be severely damaged.
immediately remove tape after completion of a finished area, or at the end of
each day. Tape dries out and can leave a tacky residue that often is very
difficult to remove.
WARNING: Always read the labels, as many oil paints, stains,
lacquers and varnishes are extremely toxic.
For your own safety, always work in ventilated areas. Allow fresh air to
circulate. Wear protective gear, including gloves, eyewear and respirators.
Leave the working environment regularly to access fresh air. Many are also
highly flammable and combustible, so NEVER WORK NEAR HEAT SOURCES
and DO NOT SMOKE while working with these products.