… and I was doing so good! I got through 7 straight days of my “10 PROJECTS 10 DAYS” sharing and blew it Monday night, when I left post 8 hanging in limbo…
How about I say, Ten Projects in Twelve Days? :)
This post clears several folders of pictures I have saved pertaining to Caromal Colour’s RECLAIM Paint. Not familiar with RECLAIM?
RECLAIM® Is beyond paint. It is the only product (that we know of) that was specifically engineered to work on your cabinets, furniture and accessories with no sanding, stripping or priming whatever the surface is. It has more pigment for better coverage, uses the newest nano-particle technology, has 3-4 times as many contact points for better adhesion, and contains very fine colorant to avoid fading and allow UV stability (i.e. it won’t fade in the sun!). Regular paints do not come close to the performance, versatility or durability of our products. Q: What surfaces will RECLAIM® adhere to?
A: RECLAIM will bond to almost any clean, dry, and grease free household surface without sanding stripping or priming! These surfaces include wood (raw or painted in oil, latex, polyurethane, varnish, epoxy, whatever), metal, formica, laminate, plastic, linoleum, masonry, tile, and even glass… Q: What are the best tools to use?
A: We like to keep it simple for RECLAIM. First use a natural bristle or high-quality “chip” brush and “mush” or stipple into crevices or areas that can’t be rolled such as table legs. Avoid regular brush strokes with RECLAIM. For all flat areas, simply roll on RECLAIM. Our favorite roller is a high quality all purpose fabric roller (the fluffier, the better). Don’t put any pressure on the roller and be haphazard with your application. There is no need to be methodical or go in one direction. RECLAIM is designed to make even the most novice of painters successful in application. Q: If I don’t have to sand, strip, or prime, how do I prep the surface?
A: Be sure your surface is clean, dry, and grease free. Products like Liquid Gold, Pledge and Murphy’s Oil Soap leave a greasy residue that should be removed for the best bonding on surfaces. Q: What should I clean the surface with?
A: We recommend any harsh household cleaner like Spic and Span, Fantastic, or Mr. Clean that removes grease. One of our favorites is Simple Green. We use it at full strength with a scrubbie for best results. If you suspect your surface has a waxy substance on it, vinegar is terrific for removing wax. Q: How long does it take to dry?
A: Dry time for each coat is 2-4 hours on average but allow for increased drying time in humid conditions. Q: Should I topcoat RECLAIM?
A: RECLAIM® provides a protective coat within its formula. If you’re worried about wear and tear or protecting a heavily used surface, like a floor or a daily used table, wait 3-5 days and apply 1-3 coats of our RECLAIM® Multi-Purpose Sealer. This will give added durability and weather resistance to any indoor/outdoor project. For surfaces like counters, topcoating with this sealer is a must.
That’s a good start, now let’s clear some photo files! Recently, RECLAIM added 4 new colors to the lineup -
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5) A Chest, Reclaim Licorice and Pewter Wax
Reclaim Licorice -
Works great rolled on, especially on larger surfaces – we roll it thin…
you can brush it too, just be cautious of your brush marks -
The licorice black is amazing – covers like tar
Old hardware, cleaned
Based with Reclaim Licorice
Brushed with a coat of Sticky Size. Sticky Size is an adhesive size used to attach Gilding Leaf and Foils. You can see the hardware looks milky when the size is applied. The size will dry clear and very tacky (approx 15 mins) .
I pulled out Caromal Colours Chocolate Textured Basecoat – I have many favorites in products, etc, but if I had to pick one…….. ⇓
I brushed a coat on the top of the chest to add a little texture, great for hiding imperfections
I added a few more colors into the top, lightly sanded it, and then glazed it with a combination of glazes
Using 220 grit paper, I lightly sand the edges to reveal some ‘wear’ -
I Silver Leafed the hardware (sorry, failed to snap photos!) and checked out how they looked against the black -
I pounded in these ‘crystal jewel’ tacks that I had, two on each drawer panel
To give the piece an added shimmer, I used a rag and buffed a pewter wax (American Paint Company Clear Wax mixed with Pewter Mica) over the whole piece -
Simple. Easy Peasy. Classic.
6) A Vintage Pair for a Client – Reclaim Versailles with Coffee Glaze and Stencil
These pictures aren’t that clear, for a complete photo play by play of this finish, check out my post Creating A European Feel .
I used Reclaim Versailles, glazed with Caromal’s Coffee Glaze, and stenciled with Caromal’s Earth Stencil Creme for this client’s two pieces – one of my favorite finishes, a soft, subtle color -
7) A Reclaim Cabinet, Wiped
This is my inspiration – a door panel that I played around on one afternoon. I base coated it with Reclaim Poppy and let dry. Then, I brushed on Reclaim Licorice (black) and immediately wiped it back with a slightly moist rag.
It was the coolest thing, and I loved the results. I wanted to try it on an actual piece -
I decided on this smaller, accent cabinet, a perfect learning piece.
Anyone that enjoys playing with paints should try this method – I think there are great finishes to be had from it.
But note: fiddling can get you in trouble. When you apply the paint this way (thinly, and wiping it back to even thinner) it will start drying on you, which will make the ‘wiping back’ more challenging. When I painted this cabinet there were several sections I had to redo , practice will make perfect, right?
That’s why you must test and play and test and play – get a hang of how it feels. If you botch up a panel, you can brush that same color BACK over the section you don’t like (must be done right then) and it will pretty much re-activate the paint from the previous layer you just botched, and you can again wipe back, to get a more even finish.
All in all I was very pleased with how it turned out, you’d never know by looking at it that it was brushed on and wiped back – it looks like wood grain!
A finish I’ll be experimenting more with when I find some time.
I applied more licorice over the top to add contrast
Yes, Reclaim is typically rolled on, for that quick and easy, even application. But it can also be used more artistically -
and last but not least
8) A Peek At Where It Started
From earlier this year when the creators invited their Retailers and Reps to their digs in PA-
They introduced their new sealer in the Reclaim line – waterbased, low voc, non-yellowing sealer good indoors and out
An inspirational door, first coat Reclaim Mocha brushed on and wiped off with damp rag, second coat Reclaim Sage brushed on and wiped off with a damp rag, dry, light sand, then apply Toner to add that aged effect.
When it dries, it’s done – it not only adheres without priming/sanding/stripping but remember, it also has a sealer built in :)
Inspiring others -
Reclaim, again, brushed on and wiped back , over a base coat of their Textured Basecoat paint – simple, effective, and resulting in an authentic looking weathered door panel -
I believe in the product lines I carry – if I didn’t, it would be impossible to promote them. Caromal Colours has a special place in my heart, not only have their products proven fantabulous (six years strong), but the people behind the scenes are genuine, and trustworthy, necessary for a successful marriage -
Here’s more on RECLAIM -Q: Is RECLAIM® safe to use while I’m pregnant, on a child’s crib or around my children and pets?
A: Yes, RECLAIM is low VOC, non-toxic, and has no odor. Therefore, it is safe for all of these circumstances. We do recommend that you keep these products out of reach of children, and that you practice safe work habits and good common sense while using them. Q: How long do I have to let it cure?
A: RECLAIM® will be sensitive to chipping until it has undergone an initial cure period of 2-3 days. Allow to cure for 30 days before routinely washing with soap. Q: Why is RECLAIM® slightly textured?
A: It is slightly textured so you will not get roller marks no matter how much of a beginner you are. The texture also allows for versatility, hides imperfections and is easy to maintain (won’t show fingerprints). Q: What if I want it to look more like regular paint?
A: Just roll on a thinner layer. Q: Can RECLAIM® be applied with a sprayer?
A: YES. RECLAIM works with both 2.4 nozzle HVLP (High volume, low pressure) and airless systems Q: Can I tint RECLAIM® to achieve my ideal shade?
A: Yes. For each quart of RECLAIM, you can tint with up to 4oz of universal water based tints. We only recommend that seasoned pros and brave newbies go this route. Tinter beware! RECLAIM takes no responsibility if your tinted shade turns out incorrectly. But remember, RECLAIM colors are designed to be the “perfect” neutral palette; stick with those when possible. Q: What if I want a glossy finish?
A: No problem, just wait 3-5 days after RECLAIMing, and apply your favorite high quality polyurethane in the sheen of your choice. (Please test this on a small area and be sure you like the sheen when it dries before doing an entire project). We also recommend our RECLAIM® Multi-purpose Sealer which will leave a satin sheen. Q: What if I’m RECLAIMing a bumpy surface that has been painted one (or five) too many times?
A: RECLAIM is slightly a textured finish and will conceal minor imperfections in your surface. However, if you want a smooth finish, you’ll have to sand down the bumpy surface as much as possible. Q: How often does Chipping/Peeling happen and how can it be prevented?
A: On the rare occasion that chipping or peeling may occur, the cause is from a bad surface. No Sanding, Stripping, or Priming is required. However, the surface must be CLEAN, DRY, GREASE, OIL and WAX FREE. Scrub the surface thoroughly with a good de-greasing cleaning product. We love Simple Green or TSP for heavy duty grease. Rinse the surface. Allow surface to dry completely (overnight is best) before applying RECLAIM. Keep in mind that some “cleaning”/polishing products may leave behind waxy residues, which must be removed to ensure good bonding. Washing the surface with white vinegar will remove a wax buildup. Scrubbing with a de-greasing cleaning product after washing with white vinegar is still recommended. Q: What do I do if I didn’t prep well and my finish is chipping?
A: If possible lightly sand the chipped area with 220 to 400 grit sandpaper and touch it up with more RECLAIM. Then, let RECLAIM fully cure. The bonding power of RECLAIM occurs as all the moisture evaporates. As with all paint products, the full curing process takes several weeks. A newly RECLAIMed surface may be lightly used within hours of receiving its last coat, but RECLAIM will reach its full bonding strength, durability, and hardness after approximately 30 days. During the initial curing period, try to keep your RECLAIM surface as dry as possible. To protect a finish on a surface that did not get properly prepped, apply our RECLAIM ® Multi-Purpose Sealer.
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