When it comes to furniture paints on the market these days, Fusion Mineral Paint is certainly one of the most user-friendly products available. Fusion requires very little prep work and has outstanding durability without the need of an additional top coat. We offer all sorts of complementary products that allow you to achieve a variety of looks and finishes.
So, on the topic of Fusion being so easy, we thought we’d put together this blog post telling you about some quick and simple tips that will make your Fusion experience even better!
1) Prep…a little goes a long way!
Your surface plays a direct role to the finish of your project. The paint is only as stable as your substrate (the current surface you wish to paint). If your project is glossy, previously coated with a lacquer, or potentially has a wax finish on it, you simply must prep your piece for guaranteed results, there is just no cutting corners for a flawless perfect finish!
Lightly sand and degloss the surface
By sanding you are essentially breaking open the surface. This will allow for lots of microscopic holes for the 100% acrylic Fusion Mineral Paint to bind/ grip on to. This doesn’t mean that it will take you all day of sanding, no just a simple 220 grit and a gentle rub along the surface to de-gloss.
Use shellac to seal knots when you’re working with a wooden surface
We cannot stress this enough. No matter how many coats you paint (and this goes with all paint), knots in the wood will poke through unless you first seal them with a shellac.
There are tons of different laminate surfaces out there with tons of different chemical compositions. The main goal of a laminate surface is to repel substances from sticking- this includes other paints. Fusion is a water-based acrylic, and may have a hard time adhering to some laminates. The best thing to do is test a small area to see whether or not the surface will accept new paint. Fusion testers are sold for around $4…a great and cheap way to test that your project will work in the long run.
Read more on prep work here.
2) When in doubt, test it out
There’s nothing worse than spending time and money on a project and realizing at the end that the paint wasn’t compatible with the surface or that you’re not satisfied with your initial colour choice. Have no fear! Fusion testers are available for approximately $4 a piece. They are an inexpensive way to help you make that tough decision on which colour to use. In fact, some smaller projects may only need a tester or two of paint to complete!
3) Choosing your tools
Using high quality tools is important for getting a seamless finish. Fusion provides you with the highest quality brushes to get the job done. Hand-made in Italy with natural bristles, our round Fusion brushes are offered in three sizes (1.5″, 2″, and 2.5″) to suit your needs. Why use a round brush? This shape is what the old masters used throughout history. In fact, flat brushes are a rather modern invention. The round brush will be able to hold onto a lot more paint, saving you from needing to reload your brush too often.
Dip your brush in water (squeeze out any excess). This will make the brush more malleable and prevent any possible stroke marks from appearing.
Keep in mind that brush strokes appear due to having too much or too little paint on your brush at a time. It takes practice to learn what’s enough, but using the proper tools will get you painting like a pro in no time!
In order to protect your high quality brushes, Fusion offers Brush Soap. It is an all-natural product made from linseed oil. It smells fantastic and will both clean and condition your brush to ensure that they can be used time and time again. Hint….it feels great to use the Brush Soap on your hands too!
4) Keeping your lid clean
Fusion comes in clear containers that allow you to see the colour of the paint. The plastic that we use is both recycled and protective for your paint. Some people do have some problems keeping the containers clean though and once they get covered with paint, the lid becomes a little difficult to get off. We have a couple solutions for you!
Simply jimmy a flat head screwdriver in between the lid and container. Twist as you go around the entire circumference of the container. It’ll pop right off!
This is so simple and effective. Put a piece of plastic wrap over the top of the container before putting on the lid. It will come off very easily!
Clean Paint From Rim and Lid Before Closing Container!
I have also found that if I just rinse lid under running water to remove paint. Then I use a wet paper towel or Clorox Wipe to remove excess paint from container rim. Reopening container is no problem.