Good timing for this post – I’ve been working with Caromal Colours, a DIY paints/finishes company out of east PA, for five years now. This Friday I’m flying out to visit for a few days, to celebrate how far this husband and wife team have come, and to get pumped up with all the new things they have planned for our future in the DIY paints department. (did I hear a countertop paint?)
I recently looked back at this last year in our new store location – tossing ideas around with my crew ….. What needs help? What could we do better?
One thing that came up was updating our Caromal Colours cabinet door display
Many of these door samples were created when our first store opened, 2 1/2 years ago
Over the year we’ve educated a lot of homeowners on products we trust for cabinet and furniture finishes. VISUALS – the more we can SHOW what our paints can do, the more options we can provide, the easier our job will be.
Visually seeing finish options on a door + our good instruction on how easy these paints are to use = a future cabinet/furniture painting customer!
We went to work, redoing the doors –
and got things done!
Caromal offers two lines of paint – their Artisan Collection of Textured Basecoats and their Reclaim Beyond Paint .
THOSE SAME COLORS ON DOORS:
RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT
THOSE SAME COLORS ON DOORS:
A lot of cool options, right? Let’s review-
Both paints bond to almost any surface with no stripping , priming sanding…. just start with clean and wax free.
The textured basecoats can be brushed, rolled, smooshed, thinned – however you’d like. Reclaim prefers to be rolled – that paint has the sealer built in so sanding out your brush marks will scuff up your sealer. Of course, brush where you can’t roll.
Once dry, the textured basecoats will need to be sanded some (or more if you are very particular about application marks) – the sanding makes your painted surface look and FEEL way better – with that said, sanding is NOT required if you are happy with how your painted piece looks. The Reclaim paint needs no sanding – remember it has that built in sealer – however, if you want to distress your edges then go right ahead and get that sand paper out. I generally grab 150-180 grit for the texture paints and 220 grit for the Reclaim.
If you want a glazed / antique finish, you can glaze right over the Textured Basecoats, but the Reclaim needs to dry for a few days (I tell my customers 4-5 days) before you can glaze it. (Don’t cheat either, glazing it too early will leave you with an uneven finish as the glaze will make the dried paint sticky). (ask me how I know 🙂 )
You got this far, now what? Your Textured Basecoat paint is dry, sanded, glazed – looks great but very matte as it is unsealed. Your painted finish is durable and won’t go anywhere. If you like matte, and you aren’t going to eat, drink or dance on it, then you’re done. If you want to protect it, give it a coat of your favorite sealer. Your Reclaim finish is dry, glazed, and good to go! Remember, your sealer is already built in. If you want added durability, give it a coat of your favorite sealer.
And both offer – no smell, and water clean up. (did I mention easy?)
I get asked –
(Sorry, couldn’t resist – was searching for the perfect image on choosing, and ….. well… this was perfect, right? 🙂 )
That’s not fair asking me that – I’m a finisher by trade, an arsty fartsy type that loves to dabble and experiment and push the limits. The textured basecoats I hold close to my heart… why? It is in a league all its own – the most versatile paint I’ve found. It’s consistency is like whippy peanut butter – you can brush it, stipple it, smoosh it – each application gives a unique look.
I can layer it with it’s own paints (and chipping creme) and create serious barnworn, primitive finishes
You can paint one color, and drag another color (or two) over it, while still wet, and end up with this
You can use the textured basecoat as your first layer, and then a chalk/clay/mineral based paint over top
I can stencil with it, and create really cool effects
You can use it as your first coat, and layer it with the Reclaim line for cool effects
Brick, tile, countertops – , it works over most anything. One thing I really like about it is, I can blow dry it, and move on to the next layer. I’m not saying this is the way to use them, I’m just admitting that I can push these paints all kinds of ways, and the finish always ends up pretty cool and still durable!
The Reclaim paint, on the other hand, is the paint you need to follow the rules with. Don’t cheat and paint over a dirty surface. Don’t assume your existing piece, that you just acquired from the local thrift store, has no wax build up on it. Don’t try to blow dry and then glaze. Don’t try to scrape it with your finger nail the next day thinking it will already have bonded.
When do I grab Reclaim? When I have a lot of surface to paint (think cabinets). When I want the fastest application I can get. When I’m going for one color, or a glazed color finish.
It works great over the Textured Basecoats – if you sand/reveal within hours of drying, you won’t need that chipping creme barrier
If you haven’t dabbled in these paints, give them a try – our store in Metro Detroit is stocked full of paints and samplers. We also ship online – today we shipped a quart of Parchment textured basecoat to Australia!
If you’re someone looking to retail a cool line of paints, shoot me an email – there aren’t big buy in requirements, and honest engine, it’s a GREAT compliment to any other types of paints you might be retailing (works fabulously with chalk/clay paints).
If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-
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