CeCe Caldwell Natural Chalk + Clay Paint
Clean and dry object to be painted. Vigorously shake your quart or sampler for 1-2 minutes. With a good quality brush or roller, apply one coat. Allow paint to dry (2-4 hours). As the paint dries it is going to become much lighter than it is when it is wet. Apply second coat, if needed, and allow to dry again. You can burnish with piece of brown kraft paper or very fine grit sanding block over your piece before or after you apply your finish coat.
Here's a great video for CeCe Paint beginners:
General Waxing Tips
Apply wax products sparingly, using a ‘less is more’ approach. An easy way to learn the proper amount of wax that should be on your brush is to remove a small portion of wax from the can and spread onto a piece of cardboard or a paper plate. Pick up the wax from the cardboard with your brush, and wipe the excess on another area of the cardboard. This ensures your brush is evenly coated, not overloaded. Apply the wax to your project, returning to the cardboard as you need more. Often, you can add the wax from the area on the cardboard that you wiped off your brush on prior.
The number one mistake made with any wax is over applying it. With all waxes, you will achieve best results if you do 2 light coats versus one heavy coat. If you are getting splotching – you have applied too much. For continued shine and protection, re-apply the clear wax every 6-12 months under normal conditions.
Here are two great (short!) videos if you're trying out CeCe Caldwell Clear Wax or Waxing Cream:
Waxing Cream (dark or natural) Instructions for Use
Apply Waxing Cream with a flat (not angle or pointed) brush (you can use a piece of lint-free cheese cloth if you prefer). Apply a very thin coat of Waxing Cream; similar to the amount that you would have on a paint brush if you were dry brushing with paint. Sparingly is the key word. Rub/buff in with a cloth/rag. Most find this thin, first coat is all that is needed. It shines up quickly with a light buffing. You can immediately add a second coat if you'd like. Waxing cream takes approximately 30 days to fully cure.
This is the same way I apply the Clear Wax, only I make sure I have even less on my brush than with the Clear Wax.
Occasionally, waxing cream can become separated during shipment (this is often most noticeable with Aging Wax). If you experience this, just stir the waxing cream lightly to make sure it is well mixed.
Waxing Cream vs. Clear Wax
Waxing Cream often achieves better results with less effort to get higher shine. It's also better than wax at penetrating the paint.
Using Clear Wax
Clear Wax should be applied in a thin, even coat with a flat bottom brush or lint-free cloth. Apply sparingly. Always use less wax than you think is needed. It is best to apply several thin layers than one heavy layer. Wipe away excess. The surface should then be thoroughly buffed with a dry cloth, piece of brown kraft paper or finishing pad after 2-4 hours. For an even hard finish, the wax can be rebuffed 2-4 days after the initial buffing. This product requires several weeks to fully cure. Freshly waxed surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy use for about a week or so. For continued shine and protection, re-apply the clear wax every 6-12 months under normal conditions.
Using Aging Cream (Dark and Clear)
Stir it before you use it, mixing wax from bottom into upper layers of wax. This ensures the pigment will be evenly distributed throughout the wax. Apply sparingly with a soft brush to surface that has been treated with Clear Wax or Satin Finish. It becomes thin (like an oil) as you work with it. Feather into areas that you to want to appear aged. Remove any excess wax. Leave more cream in the areas that you want the deeper pigmentation. Remove all cream from areas that you don't want to appear aged. Allow the piece to rest several minutes, and then wipe away all excess. Apply a second coat if needed for deeper color. The cream takes longer to dry than wax. Build the color slowly, and try not to oversaturate your material. Buff with a soft cloth. Aging Cream goes on much lighter, straight from the container, than most dark waxes. For a harder finish, apply a coat of the Clear Wax several days after the application of the Aging Cream.
Using any pigmented wax takes practice. Always work on a sample piece prior to first use. Different techniques achieve similar results. Practice on a sample board helps you develop a personal application method that works best for you.
Endurance Instructions for Use
IMPORTANT! Endurance is a natural, very-low VOC product. BEFORE you use it, be sure to stir it thoroughly to reconstitute the ingredients. Endurance often settles during shipping, and stirring is necessary to ensure you're applying the complete product. Do NOT shake Endurance finish. Doing so will create bubbles which will transfer to your project and will make a smooth finish very hard to achieve.
Apply Endurance over thoroughly dried paint or stain. Twenty four hours of drying is recommended before you apply to ensure no moisture is trapped between the paint and the finish coat. Up to six layers can be used for the ultimate protection of a surface. To apply, always work in the direction of the grain, using a foam brush, staining pad or high quality synthetic brush. Apply thin, even layers. Allow each layer to dry completely prior to application of the next layer. After every second layer, lightly sand with a very fine sandpaper or piece of brown kraft paper. Burnish your final coat with a piece of brown kraft paper (a grocery bag is great, low cost source of kraft paper, but use unprinted side). Use 4-6 layers on "high traffic" surfaces (example: dining room table, coffee table or end table).
Endurance is the finish recommended for cabinetry and table tops. It is a satin finish for indoor use. Endurance is non-yellowing. If you desired an aged appearance, we suggest you use our Clear Glaze tinted under the Endurance to achieve the desired effect. Endurance needs one week to fully cure.
This is a great (about 4.5-minute) video that shows how to apply all of CeCe Caldwell's clear coats, including Endurance, Satin and Flat Matte:
Satin Finish Instructions for Use
Satin Finish is a durable topcoat. Stir well before use. It should be applied over painted surfaces in a thin, even coat with a fine brush or a foam brush. For ease of application, it can be applied diluted with approximately 25% water, using several light coats to achieve a durable finish. For a hand-waxed feel, after final coat of Satin Finish has dried completely, you may apply Clear Wax Or Waxing Cream on top of the Satin Finish. Give your piece a light sanding with kraft paper or very high grit sand paper, then wax. This product requires several weeks to fully cure. Freshly finished surfaces should be kept free of moisture and heavy objects. Heavy use should be avoided for a week or so.
A single coat Satin Finish may be diluted 50/50 "low traffic" (those that don't get daily use like a picture frame).
Clear Glaze Instructions for Use
Rather than a final finish, Clear Glaze is generally used as a enhancing technique. You can tint Clear Glaze with CeCe Caldwell’s Paints to achieve a desired color or it can be used clear to give a light sheen to items that will not be handled regularly (i.e. picture frames). A prep layer of uncolored Clear Glaze is recommended for novice users as it allows more open time to work with the colored Glaze.
- Tea-Colored Glaze: Add small amount of Virginia Chestnut to into Clear Glaze
- Tobacco-Colored Glaze: Virginia Chestnut and a touch of Vermont Slate
- Black/Gray Glaze: Beckley Coal, depending on amount used
Mix well. Apply with brush, sponge or rag to furniture. Work in small sections and keep a wet edge. Glaze can be moved around on surface to create the desired look. Generally, the color is more concentrated around decorative details and outer edges and becomes more subtle toward the center of a flat surface.However, it can be used for an overall aged effect. I recommend a coat of Endurance or Satin Finish to give your piece a long lasting finish.
Aging Dust Instructions for Use
Apply a thin coat of Clear Wax to project piece. While wax is still tacky, sprinkle a small amount of Aging Dust onto crevices, carved details, corners and other areas that would have naturally collected dust over the decades. Work the Aging Dust into these areas with a soft brush. Spread excess toward flat surfaces. Let sit for 20-30 minutes while the wax dries. Remove any excess with a soft cloth. Buff item well after wax has dried completely.
CeCe Caldwell Stain + Finish Instructions
1. Mix thoroughly. Stir from the bottom up to reincorporate solids that may have settled. Do not shake.
2. Using a Torrington Satin/Endurance Brush, a staining pad, or lint-free cloth, apply in a thin, even coat. Working in the direction of the grain. Stretch out the finish as thin as possible.
3. Remove any pooling of the product in carved or detailed areas.
4. Allow Stain + Finish to dry two hours between coats. Subsequent coats will deepen the color, and up to six coats may be used to achieve the desired color.
5. After every other coat, lightly sand project with 220+ grit sandpaper or 00+ steel wool. Remove all sanding dust before applying next coat of product. Always sand with the direction of the grain.
6. The final coat should be gently buffed with brown craft paper or 0000 gauge steel wool for smooth finish.
CeCe Caldwell Flat Matte Instructions
1. Mix well. Stir contents thoroughly prior to use. Do not thin.
2. Apply a thin coat with a fine bristled brush like a Torrington Satin/Endurance Brush.
3. Second coat should be applied over damp first coat.
4. Brush or wipe out any puddles. Over-application can result in cloudy finish.
5. Allow 3-5 hours drying time.
Absorbent wood provides the best results for a matte finish.
Not for use on glass, plastic, or metal.