Annie Sloan Craqueleur
Q. Can I use Craqueleur in a bathroom or kitchen where there is a lot of moisture?
A. It is not advisable. Excessive moisture can cause the cracks to reactivate and the paintwork to become milky in appearance.
Q. My Step 2 has become thick and is difficult to use. Is the product okay?
A. The product is fine. Place the container in a bowl of very hot water where the warmth will thin it out. You can also dip the tip of your brush into very hot water, wiping it off so that the tip is moist (but not wet), to make it easier to paint.
Q. What size cracks can I expect when using Annie Sloan Craqueleur?
A. That’s hard to say because the cracks can vary widely depending on the thickness of application. It is always wise to do a test piece first. Thinner applications will give you smaller cracks whereas thicker applications produce larger cracks, but don’t apply these materials too thick. If you apply two coats of Step 1 you will get a larger crack, but if you feather or overwork Step 2 the crack is likely to be smaller.
Annie Sloan Decoupage Glue And Varnish
Q. How many layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish are required?
A. This is dependent on the look you wish to achieve, and could range from one layer to as many as it takes for an embedded look. For a finish where the decoupage will be completed with Annie Sloan Craqueleur, a few layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish will probably be okay. If you wish the paper to look more embedded, give the piece more layers until you can no longer feel the edge of the paper. The advantage of Decoupage Glue and Varnish is that it is thick, so you will need fewer layers to achieve a professional look.
Q. Should I use sandpaper to smooth my decoupage finish?
A. For a very smooth embedded look where the edges of your paper are no longer visible, first apply several layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish. Paint each coat in the opposite direction; i.e., one coat horizontally and the next vertically. Smooth, if needed, by gently sanding over the dry finish lightly using very fine wet/dry black sandpaper. Dip the sandpaper in water and sand gently. Then wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth before painting on the next few layers. Repeat, as necessary, until you have achieved your desired look.
Q. A couple of bubbles have appeared under my decoupage piece and I don’t seem to be able to smooth it out. I don’t want to damage the paper. What can I do?
A. Air bubbles in your decoupage paper can be carefully pricked with a pin to release the air. Gently smooth the bubbled area down with a brush, cloth, or roller, and apply another coat of Decoupage Glue and Varnish.
Q. Do I have to wait for one coat to dry before applying the next?
A. Yes. Always allow the Decoupage Glue and Varnish to dry well between each coat. The time this takes will vary depending on the temperature of your workspace, the thickness of your decoupage medium, and the thickness of your decoupage paper. You can speed the drying process along with the aid of a hair dryer
Annie Sloan Laquer
Q. Can I apply Annie Sloan Lacquer or another clear protective material over Soft Wax?
A. No. Once Annie Sloan Soft Wax is applied, no other protective finish can be applied to the project. Attempting to add Annie Sloan Lacquer, or polyurethane or any other protective material, over a wax finish is futile.
Q. What is the best way to apply Annie Sloan Lacquer?
A. Apply Annie Sloan Lacquer with a quality sponge roller and/or brush. Stir this product well before using. It is best to apply two thin coats for even sheen and greater durability. A small amount of water (up to 10%) can be added to the Lacquer for the first coat. Let the first coat dry one to two hours before recoating, and leave the final coat to dry overnight before walking on it.
Q. Can I seal my outdoor patio with Annie Sloan Lacquer?
A. No. Annie Sloan Lacquer was designed for use on interior floors only, and is not suitable for outdoor use.