Is your paint safe?
Yes. Our paint is VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) free, and it is completely free of any Proposition 65 chemicals. Proposition 65 is a law passed by the state of California that states that no chemical product can have any ingredient harmful to an unborn fetus. Our paint is safe for pregnant women to use.
Is this a chalk paint?
No. Blackberry House Paint is a chalk FREE paint. Our paint is a water based acrylic blend paint.
What is the difference in chalk paints and this paint?.
BHP is a much thinner paint, and therefore, is easier to use than thicker, powder based paints. It flows more smoothly on your piece, making a cleaner finish. Because it is thinner, we pigment our paints more heavily so that you do not have to build up multiple coats. Also, it is much easier to sand and distress, and leaves very little airborne residue.
Will this paint stick to anything, even laminate?
Yes. We have tested our paint on multiple surfaces, including glass and plastics, and found it to bind very well with no problems.
Do I have to sand my surface or prime it before using this paint?
Not typically. There is no need to sand your surface in order for our paint to stick. However, if your piece has indentations or built up layers of torn paint, and you prefer it to be smooth, then you would need to sand the surface flat for that purpose. Our paint has self priming features in it, so there is no need to prime your piece.
How much paint do I need to use for my project?
You will find that our paint covers very thoroughly, but to give you a visual idea, you can follow this guideline. A 4oz jar will cover 1 of the following: a chair, a bench, end table, accent table, or about 10 medium frames. A 16oz can will cover 1 of the following: A desk, a 9 drawer dresser, a set of 4 standard chairs, a bookcase, a small china cabinet or cupboard, or an average dining table. A 32oz can will cover 1 of the following: A china cabinet, a table and 4 standard chairs, or a dresser, chest, and two end tables.
Where can I find instruction on how to use your paint?
Right on the can! We have basic instruction on both the 16oz and 32oz cans. For a full set of detailed instructions, look for "Instructions" under the INFO tab on this website.
Is the color in the jar the true color?
We use a process of pigmenting that we coined "True Color Pigmenting". This ensures that what you see wet is what you get dry. There is one exception to that, and that is our Sunday Suit color. Navy is a very tricky color to match wet and dry, but you can see an actual sample of the dried color at your local retailer.
What kind of paint brush should I use with your paint?.
We recommend using a brush that does not have thick bristles. Our dealers choose and carry Zibra brushes. We have found this brand to work very well with our paint for excellent coverage on your project.
Can I use this paint on outdoor pieces?
Absolutely. Our paint is graded for exterior use. You do not have to seal your project as long as you give it time to fully cure. We have customers that paint their lawn furniture, garage doors, and even golf carts with Blackberry House Paint!
Can this paint be used in a sprayer?.
Yes. Since our various colors have varying degrees of viscosity, you will need to use the tester that comes with your sprayer to gauge how much water you need to add to the color you are using. Since our paint is water based it does not take much water to thin it out, so be careful not to over saturate it or you will hinder the color. Some of the lighter colors do not require thinning. If you are using an automotive sprayer, you will need more water than with a standard sprayer because the jets are much thinner .
How should I clean my painted piece?.
A warm wet rag will do the trick. There is no need to use chemical cleaners on your piece. Many chemicals will break down your top coat so it is recommended that you do not use those or furniture polish.
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Why do I have to clean my surface before I paint it?
It is important to clean your piece to remove surface residues you may not see, such as airborne grease and oils. This will ensure that you are painting the actual surface of your project and not what may be stuck to it.
Can I mix your paint to create new colors?
Absolutely. You can create many new colors with our paint palette, or you can choose a color from our Color Recipes, located under the Tutorials section in the INFO tab on this website.
How long do I have to wait for the paint to dry between coats?
Most of our paints cover in one coat. However, if you find you need a second coat, wait on the first coat to dry thoroughly before applying the second coat. In normal weather and humidity conditions you can expect our paint to dry in less than 10 minutes.
Can I layer this paint?
Yes. Be sure to allow each color to dry completely before adding the next color. For more specific information on how to get a chippy layered look with our paint, return to the FAQ page.
How do I get a chippy look with your paint?
Layering colors and distressing them makes a great chippy look. We make that SUPER EASY for you with our Layering Wax Bar. You simply paint your piece the first color, wait for it to dry, then wipe our Layering Wax Bar across your whole surface. Next, paint your second color. Once that is dry, run a dry coarse sanding sponge across your surface. The paint will come off like magic, revealing the colored layer below. If you want more than 2 colors, just follow this process between each color coat, distressing after each color.
Is your Layering Wax Bar like the other beeswax bars on the market?
No. We are the first company to develop a wax bar like this, and still the only one. Our Layering Wax Bar can be applied to your entire surface, even if you only intend to distress part of it. This way you do not have to remember where you applied it once you've applied your other layers of paint. Wherever you do not sand, our wax bar will marry with our paint, and therefore, will not continue to chip away once you have completed your project. Our wax bar is made with a blend of waxes, essential oils, and wood conditioners, making it much cleaner to use than bulky candles or yellow beeswax.
What is the difference is drying time and curing time?
Drying time is the time it takes to dry to the touch. Curing time is the time it takes to go through the hardening process.
Can I paint kitchen and bathroom cabinets with your paint?
Absolutely. Since these cabinets are in high moisture areas, it is best to use a sealer on them.
Do I have to wax my project?
If you are going to be using your project piece right away, it is best to seal it with a proper sealer. If you have a bit more patience and prefer not to wax your piece, then you should wait the full curing time of 7 days to use your piece before you place heat or water on it.
Can I color your wax?
Yes, you can color our Natural Wax. To do this, start by adding 1 teaspoon of our paint to the wax and mix. Add a half teaspoon at a time until you achieve the color you want.
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