The box of RECLAIM arrived. I sat down on my workroom floor like a kid in a candy store… 4 Oak Cabinet Doors Ready to Paint, 4 Jars of Color, 1 Jar of Glaze, a Tool Kit and an ‘Instruction/Idea’ Dvd.
My intent was to paint a door in each color, then glaze half of each door, and photo the process. Photo I did –
512 pictures? Dang….. How do I share that all with you?
Here is how – this post will be a summary of what I thought of these paints, then the 4 posts to follow will be the play by-play photos of EACH color. That way if someone is interested in, say the Sage, they can find it in one specific place.
Packaging, as usual, is top-notch. Everything was bag sealed, the glaze lid was additionally taped
I like that the bottom of the jars have a batch # and date
The new Tool Kit, offered separately for $22.95 (or included in the Reclaim Kit) includes
- a Roller brush and tray
- Extra Roller cover
- Chip brush
- Stir stick
- Terry cloth
Neat and complete. I didn’t break open my Tool Kit OR Instructional DVD ($5.99 or included in Kit) – those I will keep on hand for demo purposes.
The Kit, suggested retail $69.95, includes a 32 oz jar of RECLAIM, a Tool Kit and an Instructional DVD, claims to cover 5-7 cabinets (see COVERAGE below) –
If you don’t have paint tools at home, then order the kit – you’ll have everything you need to get started. If you already own the above tools? Order ala carte – a 32 oz jar of RECLAIM Primer-Finisher-Sealer is $44.95 (and Instructional/Ideas DVD is $5.99)
The RECLAIM colors are similar to their textured basecoat siblings – Bright White is like Wisteria, Off White is a little creamier than Antique Parchment, Sage is close to Cobblestone, and Latte is close to Putty. (I will be adding a separate post showing each finished door and various paint swatches next to each one )
The product claims to cover 5-7 cabinets and surrounding cabinet areas (based upon 2 coat coverage) but I think that is understated – it’s going to cover MORE than that. Above you see 4 doors, 2 coated… I didn’t do the back side, but still – that’s FOUR doors and I barely used any product out of each jar. While I rolled out the two coats on each door, I couldn’t get over how little paint I was using.
I wiped my grungy oak cabinet samples with a soapy rag, then let dry. That’s it , no other prep – no sanding, no stripping, no priming
The paints aren’t messy – no drippy off your brush or roller. They are definitely thinner than the thicker textured basecoats
I used the chip brush and pushed the color into the inner panel profile
it glides smooth, and covers quite nicely. Once I got that on (maybe took under a minute?) I got my roller wet and started to whiz roll the rest of the door
For those that are familiar with the textured basecoats, the RECLAIM ‘rolled on’ covers better in this first pass.
I let it dry, which didn’t take all that long since it’s a thinner coating
As it dries it might look like it’s not completely covered – by that I mean, the surface will be covered 100% but you might see a hint of old cabinet coming through
Caromal Colour’s bases the coverage approximations on two-coat coverage. When it dried, I repeated the process
Between brushing the edges and rolling the surfaces, this front panel took under 2 minutes, each layer. You don’t have to work at laying it even, and a little bit of paint on the roller goes a long way. I rolled in different directions if I had to reach a certain area, then would just re-roll, lightly over the whole section, in the same up/down direction
Done. That’s it. Honest. You don’ t have to sand when you’re done. It dries thinner than the thicker textured basecoat paints. I wondered if it wouldn’t result in a stippled finish but it really isn’t – it lays down as it dries.
I will say the thicker basecoats do a better job hiding the oak grain than the RECLAIM
but it is a more even finish, and RECLAIM required no sanding whereas the thicker textured basecoats can be brushed on, but then you need to lightly sand the surface to give it a lovely smooth feel.
GLAZED, ANTQUED, CLASSIC OR DISTRESSED LOOK
If want a glazed look, brush or roll on the Antiquing Glaze, and then wipe it off with the dry terry towel. NOTE: You MUST wait 3-5 days for the surface to completely dry before applying the Antiquing Glaze. Don’t think , a couple of hours later, “Oh, my cabinets are dry, I can do the glaze now…” Why? Well, lets say I learned the hard way :). The glaze will start to reactivate the paint, and when you go to wipe it off? The paint will start to come off – hard to see, bu there are several spots on this center panel that started to come off
Shame on me for not reading the directions.
Avoid wetting the RECLAIM surface 3-5 days. Allow to cure for 30 days then clean the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water.
Coats: 1-2 depending on desired effect
Drying Time: 1-6 hours depending on thickness of application
Clean Up: good old-fashioned soap and water.
I have an advantage here – I have worked with Caromal Colour’s and their paint products for two years now, when I was introduced to their Country Living Line of products. As an Independent Rep, and Regional Director, I can back several things. You will be hard pressed to find anything bad about Caromal Colours. Their business started out of a love for do it yourself painting, and they are delivering on Quality, Durability, and Ease of Use. And they are family friendly.
For two years I’ve used their textured basecoats, basecoats that ALSO require no priming, sanding or stripping – products that will bond to near any surface. And they did! They do. They work. The finishes are yummy, they are durable, and they are easy enough to do yourself.
I am excited about the RECLAIM line will be a huge draw for those zillions of cabinets that are out there, screaming to be reclaimed , and homeowners that truly want a QUICK and EASY redo, a lovely updated finish, and a surface that is durable.
I still (of course!) love their Country Living Line – the thickness of the textured basecoats, the chipping creme, the layering, the heavier bodied feel….. I love them because they really can be used to create ANY look – thick, crunchy, thin, mult-colored, etc… these paints will continue to be sought after for creating cool looks, for those not turned off by lightly sanding the surface at the end, those not concerned about having to wipe a topcoat over the cabinet when its done.
I hope this gives you a closer more personal look at RECLAIM. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
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