Vintage classic techniques

The beauty of Autentico Vintage chalk paint is that it is easy to use and needs little or no preparation.  Hassle free, instant relooking for a piece of furniture or decorative accessory – simple, even for a complete beginner.  Simply choose your colour and take up your paintbrush!
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To make it even easier, here is our guide to painting with Autentico Vintage chalk paint.
Quick lick and relook with Autentico Vintage
1.  Depending on the piece of furniture, you can simply wash or clean it before starting to paint.  Sanding is often not necessary at all.
2.  Choose a brush that you find comfortable to work with – round is great for difficult pieces of furniture or decorative accessories like candlesticks.  Flat brushes are great for really smooth results.
3.  Simply apply two coats of paint – remember Autentico Vintage is quick-drying, so you won’t have to wait long between coats.  Great for those of us who are impatient and want quick results.
4.  Once thoroughly dry, apply a fine layer of your chosen Autentico Wax.  Again, we prefer to work with a round brush.  Let it dry and soak in and stand back and admire your work.  If you want to add another fine layer of wax do so and you can then use a micro-fibre cloth to buff up.
classic autentico techniques
Smooth and even with Autentico Vintage
  1. Use a good quality brush.  A flat brush made from synthetic fibres gives good results, but we find that a round brush is also good to use on furniture with lots of decoration and hard-to-get-into corners!
  2. Do not to put too much paint on your brush and ensure you distribute the paint evenly.
  3. Work quickly and try to avoid going back over already painted areas that have started to dry. Wait until it is completely dry and make the adjustments with the second coat. If you are impatient, keep a spray bottle of water handy. It will be easier to touch up a newly painted area if you wet the paint a little first.
  4. For best results use long flowing brushstrokes.
  5. Remove any roughness and even out the surface with a fine sand paper (once the paint is dry). NB:  This stage is not strictly necessary unless the piece you are working on is particularly old or in bad condition. Gentle sanding is not hard work, as the chalk paint is soft and powdery (not to be compared with sanding emulsion paint). However, be careful if you sand too harshly as you will remove too much of the first coat.
  6. Brush off all dust before painting the second coat. You can dilute the paint with approximately 10% water this time around for a thinner and more even coat.
  7. Once the second coat is dry you can once again even out the surface with a fine sand paper, although this is not really necessary.
  8. Now wipe off all residual dust before finishing off with wax, sealer or varnish.

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