Often, when I find dressers or chests, they come with a mirror. Sometimes I’ll finish them as a set, other times I’ll only paint the dresser.
See the mirror below, on the left?
I painted it to match it’s accompanying dresser, using Reclaim Pebble over Caromal Textured Basecoat Paprika
The chest sold, but the mirror didn’t float anyone’s boat.
Out of the blue (the INDIGO BLUE) I decided to repaint it. I basecoated it Caromal Colours Textured Basecoat Blueberry
I brushed on a coat over the whole mirror, and let it dry. What I like about Caromal’s Textured Basecoat is that it stays put. What do I mean? The goal is to paint a top color, white, and then sand back to reveal the blue. I WANT to see the blue, but I DONT want to see that Pebble or Paprika color peeking through the top color white. With the textured basecoats, when I sand through my top color and get to ‘it’, the blue, I’ll have a little bit of time before I sand through the blue and get to the original color – aka Pebble.
Over this dried Blueberry I brushed on a thinner coat of Caromal’s sister paint, Reclaim in Bright White. Reclaim is generally used as a roll on paint to apply in an all over even coating, that dries back to a more even finish AND has it’s own sealer built in, but you can get artsy fartsy with it too.
Now pay attention – the general rule with Caromal Colours paints is, if you layer several colors of Caromal paint – like textured basecoat over textured basecoat, or Reclaim over Textured Basecoat, then you’ll want to use their Chipping Creme in between those colors. Think OREO COOKIE. Caromal paint color #1, then creme in the middle, then Caromal paint color #2 on the other side.
Chipping Creme helps prevent the bonding of color one onto color two. Remember, Caromal’s paints are different than the popular chalk type paints on the market – those paints can be layered and sanded off each other effortlessly – or even wiped off each other with a wet rag – but Caromal’s paints are created to STAY put when they dry WITHOUT relying on a sealer or topcoat.
Now, if you notice above, I did NOT apply a layer of Chipping Creme between my Textured Basecoat Blueberry and Reclaim Bright White….. ?????
Ok, this is off the record, and PAY ATTENTION because this is one of those things where you try to cheat the system, and sometimes it works, other times it doesn’t….
if you brush this Caromal Reclaim paint directly over Caromal’s Textured Basecoat, without that Chipping Creme slip coat, you CAN get the Reclaim to sand off the Textured Basecoat below, easy enough, BUT you need to do it AS SOON AS IT DRIES…
I used a blow dryer, dried my white and then whipped out my 150 grit sand paper and gave it a whooosh whoooosh sanding –
It worked awesomely great, AND even better, barely any dust kicked up when I sanded- that’s because the Reclaim’s got that sealer built in, it’s not a chalky porous kind of paint
Even better still, when I got to the look/color I desired, I was done – no need to seal – the Reclaim, having the sealer in it, leaves a satin sheen – now sanding it will scuff it up some, but used this way (on the mirror) it doesn’t look scuffed up at all –
Now remember, if you layer their colors, and ARENT going to be watching it dry so you can sand, then make sure you use the Chipping Creme in between.
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