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!

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