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An Exciting Week, Live in the D…

This past week I was honored to make an appearance on Channel 4’s morning show  Live in the D, for their March Madness Makeover on updating furniture.

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Michelle Oliver, a video reporter from WDIV, visited our store looking for an easy way to makeover her dresser.  She taped some of her visit,  choosing a paint color and some how to tips.

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and went home with everything she needed for her makeover project.   She wanted her dresser painted a soft white, but was interested in dressing up the top, maybe even adding a stencil ….

On the live show we demonstrated how to add a foil element to her dresser top, and adding extra detail with stencils.

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I wish we could have had a whole hour to discuss ways to dress up a simple paint finish –  it’s what drives my creativity –

~ the art of embellishing your piece ~

Of course, a simple paint finish is classic,  like this bedroom

and these curios that my client wanted black

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

(before) Right Cabinet, (after) using Reclaim Licorice

“Just” paint,  maybe layering colors, and a little sanding/wiping to reveal is another easy makeover,  like this gorgeous Florentina  bed from Habersham Home

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or this fun piece

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Side table painted in several layered colors APC Chalk & Clay paint, waxed

Maybe you paint a piece, and a month later you decide you could live with a little more pizazz… what then?

Applying a glaze would be an easy way to add dimension to your painted finish. Glazes can be applied over any non-waxed paint finish that isn’t flat or raw.   We offer many choices of glaze colors, both in store and online

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Using a thicker, textured paint like our Caromal Textured Basecoats as a first layer color, and then another paint/color over top will allow you to reveal back, easily, to a real cool worn look

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You could also add a thicker stencil, embedded between your color layers like I did on these back panels, using our Textured Plaster or Stone products

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and on the front of this piece under a silver metallic finish…

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Jazz it up more with some Swarovski shimmer

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we offer a great selection of Swarovski colors, both in crystals and pearls

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This piece had a lot of adds – the embedded plaster stencil design on the whole front, buried between American Paint Co. Chalk and Clay paint colors,  Swarovski Crystals, and our new Varigated Blue Gilding Leaf, on the top, accents and hardware

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The same idea on this chest,  “only the names have been changed to protect the innocent”  –  (just kidding Ö anyone remember Dragnet as a kid?)

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Ombre chest, painted with American Paint chalk and clay blacks/greys, our black texture plaster for stencil relief, sides feet and hardware accented with silver leaf

You could add a stencil element, here, there,  or everywhere, with the use of a stencil and another color of paint or glaze.  We offer an excellent selection of durable and reusable stencil designs

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American Paint chalk and clay paints in various pink shades, each tier stenciled, shimmered with crystals, feet accented with silver leaf

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One of my all time favorite pieces, silver finish with stencil accents

It’s hard for me NOT to add something somewhere….  it doesn’t always have to be the front and center focus, like this red secretary –  it can be subdued, tucked away off to the side like the silver vanity

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Maybe a change to the top would work for your space – FOILS  are  fun

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

Foiled cheetah top, American Paint chalk and clay Wainscott and APC Wax

and there are many color pattern to choose from.  Michelle chose Woodhaven Gold for her dresser top, which we demonstrated on TV

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Or foil just your hardware, or feet, or drawer fronts….

Combine foil AND stencils- this table is ‘just’ turquoise, but the top changed it’s whole look

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Weathered Copper for this “Clock Table”, created with American Paint chalk and clay paints and wax

This table base is a weathered white, painted in hopes of landing in a summer home.   Adding a stencil to the top makes this side table more functional, using a foil pattern on the top makes it more unique

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We offer hundreds of lovely paper designs,  a great way to add interest to furniture

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top - American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed.

Base -Caromal Parchment with a glaze, Top – American Paint chalk and clay blended shades of green, waxed. Aged paper Botanical print added to drawer front.

You can add a paper clean like above, or weather the edges like these next couple

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You can grasp the basic how to’s of this on my video links page – look for Episode 5, How to Apply Aged Papers to Your Surface and Blend the Edges

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I also offer a Workshop involving mounting and aging papers – this one is tomorrow but its sold out

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A great way to kick up the POW factor is using dimensional patterns, with more creative products like textured plasters, stones, and decorative acrylic waxes.  Our Specialty Finishes Workshop involves layering and creating finish looks with these type of mediums, which you can incorporate to any surface

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There are so many ways to play and experiment…. and create

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Cottage Paint Black base with a mixed Brass Wax, a textured plaster top with metallic and waxes

 

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Our custom tinted Cottage Paint color Olive, with a mixed Black Wax, inside finish created with plaster, stencil and glaze

 

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A silver metallic finish with decorative raised panel, using tinted textured plaster through lace and a shimmer mica wax over top

Are you local to the Detroit area and interested in possibly updating your OWN tired furniture?  If so,  come visit us – we’re located at the corner of 23 Mile and Van Dyke in Shelby Township,  48316.    Don’t come Sunday or Monday, because we’re not open, but T,W, F  our hours are 10am-5pm  Thursday 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. During holidays our hours do change, you can find updates on our website.

If you live too far away, we ship daily,  offering our full lines of paints, sundries and accessories – store.fabfinisher.com.

If you’re interested in a paint project, or need to get out for the evening, check out our Workshop Schedule,   register online or stop in and visit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our First DIY TV Episode – Gilding and Foils

I love this time of year – change is in the air

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Leaves, weather, even time changes – it’s my favorite season…

We are seeing a lot of  BIG changes at our store as well –

1) AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY   our all natural, healthiest chalk and clay paint line,  is pleased to announce the launch of a new color collection for Fall 2014 and updates on the main color line.  Staying on trend in the home décor market, they will be retiring colors, moving colors from the 2013 Ellis Collection into the main line, and launching a new color collection called American Home. Due in store First of November.  Get the details here.

2) CAROMAL COLOURS®   our diverse, easy to use, super paints and decorative finishes have collaborated with Monahan Papers,  creating a new collection – The Botanicals Home Decor Paint.  The Botanicals are luscious and creamy paints , enhancing your furniture, cabinets, and accessories with a  matte, chalky luster, and don’t require wax to finish.   Due in store end of October.    Get the details here.

3)  STENCILS  our collection continues to grow, a good thing for all of us stencil lovers but trying to find a way to display them continues to be a challenge.  This week look for major changes in this corner of the showroom, as we clean the walls of stencil clutter and hang them, in an organized manner,  onto rolling display racks. fabulous  finishes paint studio, shelby township,mi  workshops, chalk clay paints, american paint company, caromal colours, stencils, shop.fabfinisher.com

4) BOTANICAL PAPERS  in addition to the new Botanical line of paints,  we will be stocking a nice selection of Monahan’s Botanical Papers and Aged Paper designs.  Approximately 70 unique prints will be arriving this week, and we can’t wait to share them with our customers!

5) OUR TV EPISODES   Shelby TV, our local community media, expressed an interest in taping DIY segments at our studio, and of course we were more than happy to accommodate 🙂  Our first episode aired a few days ago and today they will be back out to tape Episode 2.   Right now they are hoping for 2 episodes a month.  I will make sure to share all the links  – what  a helpful tool for many homeowners that are already using our paints and/or are showing an interest but are hesitant to take that first step because they fear it will be too hard.

Segment 1 is demonstrating the use of Gold Leaf (gilding) and Foil application.  It is on the longer side but I’m pretty confident that each time we do one of these it will only get better.  Our goal is 30 mins or less 🙂

I hope you enjoy 🙂 

Have a Blessed Week!

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Ten Projects, Day Eight – Eight Ways To Portray RECLAIM Paint

… and I was doing so good!     I got through 7 straight days of my “10 PROJECTS 10 DAYS”   sharing and blew it Monday night, when I left post 8 hanging in limbo…

How about I say,  Ten Projects in Twelve Days?    🙂

This post clears several folders of pictures I have saved pertaining to Caromal Colour’s RECLAIM Paint.   Not familiar with RECLAIM?

RECLAIM® Is beyond paint.  It is the only product (that we know of) that was specifically engineered to work on your cabinets, furniture and accessories with no sanding, stripping or priming whatever the surface is. It has more pigment for better coverage, uses the newest nano-particle technology, has 3-4 times as many contact points for better adhesion, and contains very fine colorant to avoid fading and allow UV stability (i.e. it won’t fade in the sun!).  Regular paints do not come close to the performance, versatility or durability of our products.
 
Q: What surfaces will RECLAIM® adhere to?
A: RECLAIM will bond to almost any clean, dry, and grease free household surface without sanding stripping or priming!  These surfaces include wood (raw or painted in oil, latex, polyurethane, varnish, epoxy, whatever), metal, formica, laminate, plastic, linoleum, masonry, tile, and even glass…
 
Q: What are the best tools to use?
A: We like to keep it simple for RECLAIM.  First use a natural bristle or high-quality “chip” brush and “mush” or stipple into crevices or areas that can’t be rolled such as table legs.  Avoid regular brush strokes with RECLAIM.  For all flat areas, simply roll on RECLAIM.  Our favorite roller is a high quality all purpose fabric roller (the fluffier, the better).  Don’t put any pressure on the roller and be haphazard with your application.  There is no need to be methodical or go in one direction.  RECLAIM is designed to make even the most novice of painters successful in application.
 
Q: If I don’t have to sand, strip, or prime, how do I prep the surface?
A: Be sure your surface is clean, dry, and grease free.  Products like Liquid Gold, Pledge and Murphy’s Oil Soap leave a greasy residue that should be removed for the best bonding on surfaces.
 
Q: What should I clean the surface with?
A: We recommend any harsh household cleaner like Spic and Span, Fantastic, or Mr. Clean that removes grease.  One of our favorites is Simple Green.  We use it at full strength with a scrubbie for best results.  If you suspect your surface has a waxy substance on it, vinegar is terrific for removing wax.
 
Q: How long does it take to dry?
A: Dry time for each coat is 2-4 hours on average but allow for increased drying time in humid conditions.
 
Q: Should I topcoat RECLAIM?
A: RECLAIM® provides a protective coat within its formula. If you’re worried about wear and tear or protecting a heavily used surface, like a floor or a daily used table, wait 3-5 days and apply 1-3 coats of our RECLAIM® Multi-Purpose Sealer. This will give added durability and weather resistance to any indoor/outdoor project. For surfaces like counters, topcoating with this  sealer is a must.

That’s a good start, now let’s clear some photo files!   Recently, RECLAIM added 4 new colors to the lineup –

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RECLAIM Linen, Nantucket, Poppy, Pewter

1)  NEW RECLAIM COLOR  –

LINENreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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Reclaim Linen, propped between Reclaim Off White and Reclaim Pebble

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Reclaim Linen and Reclaim Pebble

2NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

NANTUCKreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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3 NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

POPPYreclaim paint, linen, nantucket, poppy, pewter, new colors, no sanding stripping priming, sealer built in, fabulous finishes studio, metro detroit, shop in store, shop online, shop.fabfinisher@com, coupon code PattyH, workshops available, paint your own

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Poppy with a glaze reminds me of wood tones…

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A great visual showing how a simple mixing of 2 colors can create even more fabulous options – the top 1/2 is Reclaim Poppy mixed with Reclaim Licorice, the bottom 1/2 is Reclaim Poppy mixed with Reclaim Mocha. Glazing, optional, but will knock your socks off!

4NEW RECLAIM COLOR  – 

PEWTER

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Q: How can I achieve other colors of RECLAIM®? A: The best way to achieve other colors of RECLAIM is to intermix our existing colors. This maintains all the integrity and properties of RECLAIM. It’s simple… get a small disposable cup and try it with small amounts of RECLAIM in approximate proportions. For example in a paper cup with a plastic spoon, mix approx 1 part (or one spoonful) of Pewter with 1 part (Or another spoonful) of Off White to make a softer gray color.

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5)  A Chest,  Reclaim Licorice and Pewter Wax

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Reclaim Licorice –

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Works great rolled on, especially on larger surfaces – we roll it thin…

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you can brush it too, just be cautious of your brush marks –

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The licorice black is amazing – covers like tar

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Old hardware, cleaned

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Based with Reclaim Licorice

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Brushed with a coat of Sticky Size. Sticky Size is an adhesive size used to attach Gilding Leaf and Foils.   You can see the hardware looks milky when the size is applied. The size will dry clear and very tacky (approx 15 mins) .

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I pulled out Caromal Colours Chocolate Textured Basecoat –  I have many favorites in products, etc,  but if I had to pick one……..  

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I brushed a coat on the top of the chest to add a little texture, great for hiding imperfections

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I added a few more colors into the top, lightly sanded it, and then glazed it with a combination of glazes

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Beautiful Toffee Glaze, Black Glaze, Caromal Creme Glaze mixed with Pewter Mica

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Using 220 grit paper, I lightly sand the edges to reveal some ‘wear’ –

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I Silver Leafed the hardware (sorry, failed to snap photos!) and checked  out how they looked against the black –

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I pounded in these ‘crystal jewel’ tacks that I had, two on each drawer panel

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To give the piece an added shimmer, I used a rag and buffed a pewter wax  (American Paint Company Clear Wax mixed with Pewter Mica) over the whole piece –

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Simple.  Easy Peasy.  Classic.

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6) A Vintage Pair for a Client – Reclaim Versailles with Coffee Glaze and Stencil

These pictures aren’t that clear,  for a complete photo play by play of this finish, check out my post Creating A European Feel .

I used Reclaim Versailles,  glazed with Caromal’s Coffee Glaze, and stenciled with  Caromal’s Earth Stencil Creme for this client’s two pieces – one of my favorite finishes,  a soft, subtle color –

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Before Glaze. Silver leaf’d the front legs 🙂

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7)  A Reclaim Cabinet,  Wiped

This is my inspiration – a door panel that I played around on one afternoon.  I base coated it with Reclaim Poppy and let dry.  Then, I brushed on Reclaim Licorice (black) and immediately wiped it back with a slightly moist rag.

It was the coolest thing, and I loved the results.  I wanted to try it on an actual piece –

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I decided on this smaller, accent cabinet,   a perfect learning piece.

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Anyone that enjoys playing with paints should try this method –  I think there are great finishes to be had from it.

But note: fiddling can get you in trouble.  When you apply the paint this way (thinly, and wiping it back to even thinner) it will start drying on you, which will make the ‘wiping back’ more challenging.   When I painted this cabinet there were several sections I had to redo , practice will make perfect, right?

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That’s why you must test and play and test and play – get a hang of how it feels.  If you botch up a panel, you can brush that same color BACK over the section you don’t like (must be done right then)  and it will pretty much re-activate the paint from the previous layer you just botched, and you can again wipe back, to get a more even finish.

All in all I was very pleased with how it turned out, you’d never know by looking at it that it was brushed on and wiped back – it looks like wood grain!

A finish I’ll be experimenting more with when I find some time.

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I applied more licorice over the top to add contrast

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Yes, Reclaim is typically rolled on, for that quick and easy, even application. But it can also be used more artistically –

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and last but not least

8)   A Peek At Where It Started

From earlier this year when the creators invited their Retailers and Reps to their digs in PA-

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They introduced their new sealer in the Reclaim line – waterbased, low voc, non-yellowing sealer good indoors and out

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An inspirational door, first coat Reclaim Mocha brushed on and wiped off with damp rag, second coat Reclaim Sage brushed on and wiped off with a damp rag, dry, light sand, then apply Toner to add that aged effect.

When it dries, it’s done – it not only adheres without priming/sanding/stripping but remember, it also has a sealer built in 🙂

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Inspiring others –

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Reclaim, again, brushed on and wiped back , over a base coat of their Textured Basecoat paint – simple, effective, and resulting in an authentic looking weathered door panel –

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I believe in the product lines I carry – if I didn’t, it would be impossible to promote them.  Caromal Colours has a special place in my heart, not only have their products proven fantabulous  (six years strong),  but the people behind the scenes are genuine, and trustworthy,  necessary for a successful marriage –

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Here’s more on RECLAIM –

Q: Is RECLAIM® safe to use while I’m pregnant, on a child’s crib or around my children and pets?
A: Yes, RECLAIM is low VOC, non-toxic, and has no odor.  Therefore, it is safe for all of these circumstances.  We do recommend that you keep these products out of reach of children, and that you practice safe work habits and good common sense while using them.
 
Q: How long do I have to let it cure?
A: RECLAIM® will be sensitive to chipping until it has undergone an initial cure period of 2-3 days. Allow to cure for 30 days before routinely washing with soap.
 
Q: Why is RECLAIM® slightly textured?
A: It is slightly textured so you will not get roller marks no matter how much of a beginner you are. The texture also allows for versatility, hides imperfections and is easy to maintain (won’t show fingerprints).
 
Q: What if I want it to look more like regular paint?
A: Just roll on a thinner layer.
 
Q: Can RECLAIM® be applied with a sprayer?
A: YES. RECLAIM works with both 2.4 nozzle HVLP (High volume, low pressure) and airless systems
 
Q: Can I tint RECLAIM® to achieve my ideal shade?
A: Yes.  For each quart of RECLAIM, you can tint with up to 4oz of universal water based tints. We only recommend that seasoned pros and brave newbies go this route.  Tinter beware! RECLAIM takes no responsibility if your tinted shade turns out incorrectly. But remember, RECLAIM colors are designed to be the “perfect” neutral palette; stick with those when possible.
 
Q: What if I want a glossy finish?
A: No problem, just wait 3-5 days after RECLAIMing, and apply your favorite high quality polyurethane in the sheen of your choice. (Please test this on a small area and be sure you like the sheen when it dries before doing an entire project). We also recommend our RECLAIM® Multi-purpose Sealer which will leave a satin sheen.
 
Q: What if I’m RECLAIMing a bumpy surface that has been painted one (or five) too many times?
A: RECLAIM is slightly a textured finish and will conceal minor imperfections in your surface.  However, if you want a smooth finish, you’ll have to sand down the bumpy surface as much as possible.
 
Q: How often does Chipping/Peeling happen and how can it be prevented?
A: On the rare occasion that chipping or peeling may occur, the cause is from a bad surface. No Sanding, Stripping, or Priming is required. However, the surface must be CLEAN, DRY, GREASE, OIL and WAX FREE.  Scrub the surface thoroughly with a good de-greasing cleaning product. We love Simple Green or TSP for heavy duty grease. Rinse the surface. Allow surface to dry completely (overnight is best) before applying RECLAIM.  Keep in mind that some “cleaning”/polishing products may leave behind waxy residues, which must be removed to ensure good bonding. Washing the surface with white vinegar will remove a wax buildup. Scrubbing with a de-greasing cleaning product after washing with white vinegar is still recommended.
 
Q: What do I do if I didn’t prep well and my finish is chipping?
A: If possible lightly sand the chipped area with 220 to 400 grit sandpaper and touch it up with more RECLAIM.  Then, let RECLAIM fully cure.  The bonding power of RECLAIM occurs as all the moisture evaporates.  As with all paint products, the full curing process takes several weeks.  A newly RECLAIMed surface may be lightly used within hours of receiving its last coat, but RECLAIM will reach its full bonding strength, durability, and hardness after approximately 30 days.  During the initial curing period, try to keep your RECLAIM surface as dry as possible. To protect a finish on a surface that did not get properly prepped, apply our RECLAIM ® Multi-Purpose Sealer.
 

are you ready to reclaim a piece of your own?

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BE  inSPIRED  with  US

You can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

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TUESDAYS     10AM – 6PM

WEDNESDAYS    11AM – 7PM

THURSDAYS      11PM – 7PM

FRIDAYS       10AM – 5PM

SATURDAYS    10Am – 2PM

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We ship , everywhere  even international!

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY CHALK/CLAY PAINTS

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

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A Must Share, To Inspire All The Wedding Planners – Painting Chairs…

This was a share from my customer Mary, who visited our store, interested in prettying up some chairs with the help of our chalk/clay/mineral paints…

Hi, I wanted to send you pics of the chairs that we did for the (double) wedding. Thanks for helping us on this project. It was a big hit and the brides and grooms now have beautiful, unique kitchen chairs.  Mary

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LOVE THIS!

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SIMPLY

PERFECT.

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I bet they’ll find a way, through out the years, to use those chairs in their home decor. I know I would!

COME LEarn WITH US

BE  inSPIRED  with  US

You can find our workshop details  here  Workshops.

If you’re looking to paint with guidance, learn new products and techniques, or just looking for a great night out with friends or hubbies, check us out – I promise, you will not be disappointed!

If you’re in the Metro Detroit stop by and visit-

we’ve got a great variety of paints to fit your EVERY need!

 summer hours

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MONDAYS    CLOSED

TUESDAYS     10AM – 6PM

WEDNESDAYS    11AM – 7PM

THURSDAYS      11PM – 7PM

FRIDAYS       10AM – 5PM

SATURDAYS    10AM  – 2 PM

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

NEED PAINT?  

We ship , everywhere  even international!

We realize that people that WANT to create don’t have our cool paints offered in their neck of the woods  –  if this describes you,  please do us a favor and check out our online store – we strive to offer everything we can that will make your creating an easy and fun process.   Our customers from afar are just as important as our local customers –  when you shop with us we will be committed to helping you every step of the way.

shop.fabfinisher.com

We are a full service retailer competitively priced

AMERICAN PAINT COMPANY CHALK/CLAY PAINTS

CAROMAL COLOURS

RECLAIM BEYOND PAINT

BEAUTIFUL

BRUSHES, SUNDRIES, STENCILS

If you want to place an order, click on the  store button below.

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