Kim posted a question awhile back –
I have several projects…the first being a bathroom vanity that is dark oak. I love the look of the textured basecoats…but I want to match my cabinet to the custom fixtures (sink, toilet, tub) in the room. I have a latex paint that was mixed to match …and want to know if I can use the Caromel basecoat ( Chocolate, one coat) then a latex coat (bone color) and then the Caromel Toner — to achieve the look that I see on your site? Do you think this will work?
I wasn’t sure. I’d never experimented with this – I had the reverse ie) using the Caromal chipping creme and paints OVER latex, but not this.
I set out to see what I could find – started with a piece of dark oak cabinet, and some Chocolate textured basecoat-
One layer brushed on-
and let dry.
See how chalky it gets from an under 10 second sanding? Don’t worry, this is normal and will go away when you apply the Toner or topcoat.
In this case, for Kim, I pulled out an off white latex paint –
and brushed it on the cabinet-
it doesn’t seem to glide as nicely – like its being sucked into the textured basecoat-
but I still end up with a completely coated door-
When it dried you could still see hints of the under color, so I gave it one more coat, this time using a nylon bristle brush-
that coat went on easier, and gave complete coverage, but you can see here it didn’t level out the first layer of textured basecoat as well as the thicker textured basecoat would have-
I tried to lightly sand, using 220 grit, to smooth it out a bit, but latex paint is not meant to be sanded – all I was doing was eating right through the latex- an easy enough ‘distressing’ but a problem if thats not the look you were going for….
More on the flat panel…
I brushed on the Toner
then wiped it off, which seemed to work as usual
Then I gave it a good old scratch test- could I jar any of the finish by scratching it?
Yup – some of it scratched up, revealing the Chocolate underneath. That’s not good….
If I’d have waited, say 30 days, for the latex to cure would the top latex layer have been chip resistant? Not sure, but I’m way too impatient to try that test. I do know if I use Caromal Colour’s paints, once its dry it adheres – you can’t scratch it off.
Given the textured basecoat properties, your Chocolate basecoat that you painted on would bond, but the latex over it will not have the same properties –
So I replied,
… I think durablilty wise, you are taking a risk.. but that’s jmo.
You can use PARCHMENT first (it will take a good 2-3 passes to cover nicely but only 1st coat is full painting – the next pass is just to fill in), THEN dry, light sand and sand edges lightly to reveal the dark oak under, THEN TONE and wipe off.
Because Kim is starting with a dark oak finish, the areas she sands back will reveal this dark finish color, giving a brown coming through a creme – exactly the look she’s going for. .
Thanks much for trying the latex paint. I am taking your advice and not using the latex on my cabinet… I want to sell my house but also do want the paint to last…I could end up here longer than I want to in the present real estate market. I just ordered the parchment and toner and will send you my pic’s when done. I am really excited about it!
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