Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gotta Love Soccer Chairs…

Lovely chair, isn’t it?

Cristiano Ronaldo

Hey, it was a long soccer day today!


Painting The Refrigerator Black…

Another Caromal Colour client using Textured Basecoat Peppercorn (black) to update her white fridge –

… the fridge doors are looking good.  I did three coats of the satin poly and I picked up the gloss because my other black appliances are glossy.  I applied that today and it looks awesome – I’ll do at least one more coat.

… aiming to have a fridge back in the house this weekend. The boys will be happy and one said, “it’s coming out good huh Mom.”  Yes it is!!! 

Can’t wait to see it!


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Caromal Colours RECLAIM – Waiting To Glaze Or Topcoat…

I want to repost Caromal Colours instructions regarding their Reclaim line of paints-


  • Avoid wetting your RECLAIMTM surface for 3-5 days after applying RECLAIMTM and another 3-5 days after glazing.
  • Allow to cure for 30 days. Then you may clean surface as needed with a soft cloth and mild soap and water.
  • To make challenging surfaces scrubbable and more durable, coat with your favorite clear coat according to manufacturer’s directions. Always test a small area first.  Wait 3-5 days after glazing before applying a topcoat.

Coats: 1-2 as needed  (Bright White: 1-3 as needed)

Drying time: 1-4 hours depending on thickness of application and weather conditions (humidity)

Clean up: Good old-fashioned soap and water

Vicky in Oregon painted her kitchen cabinets last week with Reclaim Off White. Two days ago she applied the glaze and wiped off. Yesterday she applied a second coating of glaze and wiped off again.  (she wanted the finish darker)  Later that day she tried to apply a poly topcoat, thinking her finish was ready because it was dry to the touch.   It wanted to pull the glaze so she stopped and called me.

I told her I never topcoat anything the same day I finish it. I wait until at least the next day.   So today we figured she’d be okay – after all, it had been a full day right?  She tried a test spot on an inside door and again it wanted to pull the glaze so she stopped – and called me .

I called Caromal and had a nice chat with guru Sue about waiting times and letting products cure.  Sue advised  “You want to wait 3-5 days before applying a topcoat over the glaze with the Reclaim line”.   Don’t rush things – be patient.   And remember, the weather will play a part in your dry time as well – temperature and humidity affects paints and glazes drying.

Two back to back glaze layers,  combo’d with a week of rainy Oregon weather?  I should have advised Vicky to wait a good 3-5 days before proceeding with her topcoat.  I’m bad.    The good thing is she stopped when she saw a problem.  Now she just needs to wait a few days…   Patience.


In my head I have plans!

(I laughed at that, don’t we women ALWAYS have things all planned out?)

She wanted to  have her cabby’s all done so that her husband could put the hardware back on this weekend –   but she’s invested time and effort, and doesn’t want to blow an awesome refinishing job – so she’s going to have her husband remount the hardware next weekend 🙂

Send pictures when your done!

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Well, you found the right place – I have loads of information here, so stick around awhile and peruse all my Caromal posts. Here you’ll find  concise photos,  how to’s and tips on application.

I’ve been in the professional decorative finishing business for over eight years.   2 1/2 years ago I signed on to become a Rep for Caromal – we don’t get paid a salary – we are all Independent Reps, and our job is to offer you the information you need to feel more confident , more comfortable in tackling your own projects –  then you will want to get your hands on  the products and create your OWN fabulous creations.

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What Toner Does To Caromal Colour Peppercorn And Chocolate…

I’ve had several folks ask,

Do I need to use the Toner over Peppercorn? 

       Do I need to use the Toner with Chocolate?

Let’s see!

Caromal Colours Chocolate Textured Basecoat on left, Peppercorn Textured Basecoat on right

I brush each color over an old oak door-

waiting to dry…  both dark and rich…

one brown, one black…

After it dried I lightly sanded with a 220 grit –  sanding will instantly make the crispy paint feel soft and ‘finished’, and it also will smooth out any roughness you have.  I sand only enough to feel ‘soft’ – I don’t mind the slight texture I leave behind.  I could spend more time sanding (say a minute instead of 15 seconds) and smooth the finish out even more – it’s all a matter of personal choice.

Again, notice how dull and powdery the finish turns –  THIS IS NORMAL and will go away next step –

I taped off the sample again,  the bottom set I will apply the Toner and then a wipe-on poly, the top set I will apply only a wipe-on poly.

Here I’m brushing on  the Caromal Toner to the Chocolate sampling

Toner is on both color samples, waiting to be wiped off –

Lets get out the Wipe-On Poly (clear satin finish) for the top sampling-

Wiping the poly onto the Peppercorn –

See how the colors come back to life?

Poly on top sampling,  Toner on bottom…

Wipe off the Toner-

Poly on top 1/2,  drying Toned colors on bottom 1/2-

When the Toned colors dry I grab the poly again

and wipe it on the Toned colors

Chocolate on left, Peppercorn on right…

Sample done, time to pull the tape

Kind of hard to tell a difference right?  There isn’t much – in person, you will notice a slight warmth to the Peppercorn , but can’t really see it on the Chocolate…

So why use the Toner over the dark colors?     I’d use Toner over Chocolate or Peppercorn if I was going to distress the piece –

the Toner will bite into any revealed areas you distress and warm them up…

The toner also takes the dullness from the sanding  away – I can tone a piece, let it dry, and be done – I don’t HAVE to topcoat.   Topcoating is for added protection, and it is a way to add more sheen (the toned textured basecoats dry matte).

However, if my plan was to use Chocolate or Peppercorn, NOT distress it at all, and to topcoat it?  Then I’d pass on the Toning, and go straight to topcoating because, as you can see, it gives pretty much the same outcome!

For more information about the Caromal Colours textured basecoats,  head here   distressing paints

For Caromal Colour makeovers

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