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How to distress Mineral Paint

Distressing Mineral Paint doesn't have to be a chore or stressful process. Distressing can be intimidating when it's your first few projects I know... However, using these simple tips and tricks, this can help you achieve a perfect professional quality finish when distressing your Mineral Painted Furniture.

Tools needed to distress your projects:

• Beeswax Resist Puck

• Green Scouring Pad Sponge

• Bowl of water

Before Painting Your Project

Prior to painting with Mineral Paint after you have lightly scuff sanded and cleaned your piece, gently rub your beeswax puck over the edges of your piece where you wish to distress later on. 

This prevents the Mineral Paint adhering to these areas and therefore makes the process of rubbing away the paint easier later on. You can purchase a beeswax  puck from our store.

 

After Painting your Final Coat of Mineral Paint

Once you have painted your final coat and allowed it to dry, use your green scouring pad sponge lightly dampened with water to rub away the paint where you wish distressing to occur. This process needs to be done within 2 hours of your final coat drying. Why? This makes rubbing easier as the paint is still fresh and being waterbased, the damp watered down sponge reactivates the paint and removes it where you want it to. If you attempt to do this process after the 2 hours, you will find distressing more difficult, and you will attempt to rub harder to try and remove the paint. This hard rubbing can increase the risk of tearing rather than lightly distressing the paint. If you feel your sponge is getting saturated with paint, dip it into your bowl of water and squeeze it out to clean it. Change the water as necessary. Don't worry if you see water marks around where you've been, this will dry up and disappear. 

 Where do you distress?

Typically you want to distress where the piece is prone to wear. Examples such as raised or round corners and sharp edges. These edges distressed mimic time-worn appeal. Generally flat surfaces don't get inadvertently bumped and therefore I find distressing these areas makes the piece look manufactured or too deliberate. 

 

 There you have it, just a few tips to make distressing less stressful and more of an enjoyable experience. 

Happy Painting!

Meg xx