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Below are frequently asked questions, information and Kellie's tips about Velvet Finishes.







What is the READY product and how do I use it?

Spray the READY product on your furniture to clean and prepare the surface for painting. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, then wipe away. If there is any sheen left to your piece, repeat the process. Paint needs a clean surface for maximum adhesion.

Kellie's Tip: If you keep your fingernails painted - be sure to wear gloves when using READY. Because of it's de-glossing property, it will remove the pretty shine from your manicure!









Is Velvet Finishes a chalk or milk paint?

No, neither. VF is a specially formulated, low VOC and non-toxic, latex, water based paint.

How much surface does a quart cover?

A quart covers over 120 square feet of surface space.  It goes a long way!


Is painting with Velvet Finishes easy?

YES!!The Velvet Finishes COLOUR paint is very easy to use. No special equipment or skill set is needed!


Kellie's Tip: If I can paint with this, anyone can! This paint is for painting beginners - and if you’re an old pro, pshhh, you’ve totally got this!


How do I use the paint?

First, shake well - even though our specially formulated paint does not appear to separate, shake the product well prior to use. Stir if necessary.


The beauty of VF paint is the randomness in which you can paint. Brush strokes disappear so the direction of your application becomes less important. Slap. It. On.


Always allow COLOUR to dry thoroughly in-between each coat. Drying times will depend on air humidity. We recommend to never apply more than three coats in a 24 hour period.


Kellie's Tips: Brush strokes are complete BS! You do not have to worry about that with Velvet Finishes. I promise, you really can just slap on the paint!


To speed up your drying time, use a fan!


Does the Velvet Finishes line have an odor?

No, VF does not smell bad!Our specially formulated, low VOC product,
does not emit harmful chemicals or a nasty smell.


Kellie's Tip: Because of the fact that VF does not stink, like some products on the market, you can literally paint a piece in your house. Want to repaint the chest in your bedroom? You can paint it where it sits! No need to drag it outside, wait for the weather to clear, or any of that stuff. You can literally paint it in your bedroom.


My paint is thick, what do I do?

Due to the deep saturation of the COLOUR product, you may find some of the paints are thick. This can especially happen with the darker greens or blues. If this is so, thin by gradually adding water until you reach your desired thickness. There is no specific ratio, simply thin the paint until you are happy with the thickness.


How many coats will I have to paint?

We strive for a two coat finish. However, sometimes, it may take more coats than that. Dramatic color changes (going from very dark to very light or light pieces going dark) make take up to 4 coats.


Do I need special brushes?

No, not special, but we do recommend a brush of quality - great results are simply easier to achieve. Water based paints are best applied with a nylon or polyester bristle, or a blend.


Kellie's Tip: Available now are our POLYESTER BRISTLE BRUSHES, perfectly named - THE REVIVER!  They are perfect for painting all VF products. The bristles are just the right amount of stiff. Natural hair bristles become overly saturated in water based paints and become heavy and 'floppy'. The longer the bristle, the 'floppier' they become. And nobody likes a floppy bristle.


And even better? Our brushes can be used for either VF COLOUR paint or our ENHANCE products! No need for multiple types of brushes!!


Kellie's Tip: Wet paint brushes may be stored for later use. Place brush end in a storage baggy, mush the bristles in the bag and store in a cool place. Use within a few days or rinse paint out of brush.


How do I clean my brushes?

To clean your brush, simply rinse under faucet in tepid water until clear water is seen. Clean up is a snap with Velvet Finishes! No special soaps or products needed.


Kellie's Tip: If you can hang your brush upside down for drying, do. If not, absorb the excess water with a towel or rag and prop the brush on something so that the bristles are not touching anything. After your brush is dry, store it in the bristle cover that came with the brush. This will help keep the bristles in the best shape possible and extend the life of the brush. Good brushes aren't cheap, but they will last for years if they are taken care of well.







To give your piece an aged look, distress the edges and areas of detail that you would like to show wear – such as behind a drawer pull or furniture edges.


Kellie's Tips: Distressing is easy but there is a bit of an art to it. The 2 biggest challenges I see people face is (1) they do not know where, on their piece, to distress and (2) that it scares them to sand on a perfectly good paint job!Do not be afraid - it's only paint. If you hate it, repaint it!


To create a natural worn look, only distress where the natural wear would be - the handles of an arm chair, the edges of drawers, behinds drawer/cabinet pull - places like that.


If you really want a distressed look, distress more, but still only distress in natural wear areas.

And please, please, please avoid what I call the 'leopard look by distressing'. If you are distressing the flat surface of a table, do the edges. If you want more, do fewer, larger areas, rather than a ton of little spots. I. Beg. Of. You.


Remember your piece will probably have a lamp or books placed on it, so keep your accessories in mind too, when sanding.


The three ways to distress are:


Wet Distressing:

A very simple way to distress by simply using a damp, lint-free rag. Rub the painted surface, while still wet, with the cloth and the paint will begin to thin and remove.


Kellie's Tip: For the wet distressing technique, make sure you work fairly quickly and do not allow the paint to dry too much. If it is dry in an area you want to distress, apply a small amount of paint to reactivate the paint. This, along with the dampness of your rag, should be all that is necessary.


Wet distressing is perfect if you only want to reveal the finished color of the wood you have painted, rather than distressing with a sander which will reveal the raw wood as well.


You cannot wet distress once the paint is cured.


Distressing with a Sanding Block:

We recommend using an 80 to 120 grit block for distressing. Simply apply pressure when using the block and work in straight lines, as best as possible.


Remember the lower the number the coarser the grit


Kellie's Tip: Do your distressing in a moderate amount, stand back and determine if you need to go over any areas. If you are not sure how distressed you want a piece to be, sand lightly - you can always go back over the piece. If you over sand, just repaint the area. No big deal.


Distressing with an Electric Sander:

Using an electric sander is the fastest way to sand. For larger pieces of furniture the electric sander is usually the best choice.


Kellie's Tips: I love the Ryobi Corner Cat Sander available at Home Depot. The shape allows you to do small nooks and crannies, as well as cover larger areas quickly. The best tip I can share about sanding through paint is to use enough pressure - if you do not, you will have these weird little circular patterns that show up in the finish. Sand it like you mean it people!


What I love most about the electric sanding method (other than it is super fast) is that it gives you additional levels of color. Meaning: when you wet distress, you only reveal the finish of the wood and when you electric sand you actually go through the finish to the wood. With electric sanding you have the paint COLOUR, the finish of the wood AND the actual wood showing. If your piece has been painted previously painted you will also reveal that layer.








Apply ENHANCE GLAZE with a soft bristle brush and wipe off with a cheesecloth or other soft cloth, allowing the GLAZE to collect in grooves and recesses. ENHANCE GLAZE acts as a sealer for your projects and adds a slight level of shine.


Kellie’s Tips: It is important to remove any excess GLAZE before it begins to dry, as the rubbing may pull off the paint. Basically, the GLAZE will reactivate the paint.


If, after you glaze, you would like the glaze to look darker or you want more glaze in a particular area, let your first coat dry thoroughly. If you glaze again while the glaze is still tacky, you will pull it all off when you use your rag.


ENHANCE DARK GLAZE is the gorgeous color of TIMELESS, a rich neutral gray. It is beautiful over every COLOUR in the VF line. It’s even beautiful over the TIMELESS paint COLOUR, as it just gives a Timeless painted piece, a little more depth.





ENHANCE CLEAR GLAZE: If the DARK GLAZE is not the perfect color for your project, we offer an ENHANCE CLEAR GLAZE. ENHANCE CLEAR GLAZE can be mixed with any Velvet Finishes paint COLOUR to create a unique glaze color.





Kellie’s Tip: With my lazy painter ways you will rarely find me measuring when I mix COLOUR to the CLEAR GLAZE. When I’m being a mixologist, if I want the glaze color more intense, I add more paint and if I want it less, I add more glaze. I try not to make big work of it all. BUT!!!! If you are doing a large piece…measure. You do not want to end up with different glaze colors on your piece because you had to mix a second batch and didn’t know your ratios.



ENHANCE GEL: Our ENHANCE GEL replaces wax, for times when we want the waxed look. Apply the GEL product with a lint-free rag, making sure to get the product into the grooves you would like to give added depth. Rub with the rag to smooth the GEL and allow a small amount to be drug over the flat surfaces of your piece for a rich, waxed look.




Kellie's Tip: The GEL is of a pudding consistency and so easy to use! Since it does not smell bad like petroleum-based waxes, you can use inside your house, just like the paint and glazes!






The PROTECT product is a specially formulated, commercial grade, non-yellowing satin polyacrylic.


Because the finish of PROTECT is slightly different that the finish of COLOUR, apply in straight lines as best as possible. Apply with the Reviver brush or other quality paint brush.


Is it necessary for me to use PROTECT?

You only need to use PROTECT if you have a high traffic piece – like a dining table, the tops of a nightstand, a bookcase shelf. Otherwise, COLOUR dries to a nice, hard surface.


Kellie's Tip: PROTECT has a slightly higher sheen than COLOUR, so it's a great way to bring a wee bit of shine.


Can I use a poly I already have on Velvet Finishes?

The short answer is yes, but PROTECT is a specifically made to work with Velvet Finishes, in that we recognize working with poly can be difficult, and have created a formula to make it easier. Not all poly’s are created equal.


Does PROTECT have to be re-applied on a schedule like wax?

Oh my gosh, NO! Once you apply PROTECT, unless you sand it off, it doesn’t come off.


Kellie's Tips: Be sure to apply generous amounts, as applying sparingly can cause streaking.

If you feel you need extra-extra protection for your piece, apply more coats! Easy! You do not have to sand in-between coats like most poly’s, just let it dry and apply again.



If I am poly-ing a dark piece, I like to tint the poly with the paint.

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