FAQ

When you start using a new range of products, you will have a million questions to ask. It can be quite daunting. I put together a whole lot of FAQs for you.

 

You will find answers to frequently asked questions about Fusion Mineral Paint, such as drying and curing time, application, prepping, number of coats required, difference between mineral paint, milk paint and chalk paint.

 

Learn how to maintain the CLING ON furniture painting brushes, how to avoid brush strokes and brush marks.

 

Navigate your way around the many different products you can purchase in our store and they are best used for.

 

You will also find useful tips on application techniques to achieve the best result for you painting projects every time.

I am also happy to answer any questions you may have.  Call me for a chat on 0403627018 or email me at bernadett@reloveddesigns.com.au.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHY FUSION MINERAL PAINT?


The highest grade of archival quality acrylic resin is used in all Fusion paints. This translates into a high-performance paint that dries to a very durable finish. Some acrylic based paints on the market are actually acrylic blends or acrylic-vinyl mixes. Fusion is not an acrylic blend, but uses 100% pure acrylic resin. Fusion paint cures to be the most durable paint and has a non-yellowing finish. Fusion is made with 100% acrylic, meaning it does not use any inexpensive ingredients such as vinyl or latex. This makes fusion non-toxic and free of VOCs. Fusion is also free of many other chemicals commonly used in other lines of paint, such as ammonia or formaldehyde.




HOW LONG IS THE SHELF LIFE OF FUSION MINERAL PAINT?


Once opened Fusion Mineral Paint can last up to 7 years in the container. Most competitors use a house paint formulation which goes bad after one year. Make sure the lid is closed properly and your paint will remain in perfect condition and will not separate or go crusty and hard.




HOW MUCH PAINT WILL I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?


Fusion Mineral Paint offers excellent coverage. You can choose between 500ml jar (pint) and 37ml tester sizes. A 500ml jar (pint) covers approximately 7m² and for most of your projects you will only need a maximum of one jar.






WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FUSION MINERAL PAINT AND OTHER TYPES OF PAINT?


There is no paint that does it all. The existing surface, type of look, usage, etc. all play an important role in which type of paint you will choose for your project. Here is a summary of the main differences between Fusion Mineral Paint, milk paint and chalk paint.




THE LID IS STUCK. HOW CAN I OPEN MY JAR?


After painting wipe the rim of your jar clean, then place a piece glad wrap on it before putting the lid back on. This will stop the lid from stitcking to the jar. If you forget the glad wrap and paint dries on the lid, it will stick to the jar, and become difficult to remove. If that happens, simply run the lid under hot water for a minute and it will come loose. You can also tap the lid on a hard surface a few times on each side to loosen the lid.




HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR MY PIECE TO DRY?


Fusion Mineral Paint should dry to the touch within an hour. Dry time usually refers to the touch or tackiness. Curing, on the other hand, is when all the water in the paint evaporates and the paint becomes its hardest and most durable. Cure time for Fusion Mineral Paint is approximately 21 days. High temperatures and high humidity play a factor in evaporation, sometimes making the curing time slightly longer. Be gentle using your piece within the first 21 days. Once the paint has had ample time to cure with proper temperatures and humidity, it will be very durable.




HOW LONG DO I NEED TO WAIT BETWEEN COATS?


Wait 2-4 hours between coats. The longer you let the paint dry between coats the more stable each layer will be with extra applications.




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRY TIME & CURE TIME?


Drying and curing are two different things. Dry time usually refers to the touch or tackiness. Curing, on the other hand, is when all the water in the paint evaporates and the paint becomes its hardest and most durable. Dry time Fusion Mineral Paint is approximately an hour. Cure time for Fusion Mineral Paint is approximately 21 days. However, high temperatures and high humidity can affect evaporation, making the curing time slightly longer. Be gentle using your piece within the first 21 days. Once the paint has had ample time to cure with proper temperatures and humidity, it will be very durable.




HOW DO I PREP MY PIECE BEFORE PAINTING IT?


Prep for Fusion Mineral Paint CLEAN Even if you are lucky enough to find a piece that is in good condition, it still needs a good cleaning. Fusion TSP is perfect for these situations. Always remember to remove any cleaner before you start painting! Turn the item over where the yuck usually hides. If you are painting a dresser, or any piece with drawers, glass, hardware and such, take every piece off and clean it. Leave the hardware on only if you are going to paint over it. Number the drawers and doors on the back so you will install them exactly where they came from, so they fit just right.
SAND Who likes to sand? Sometimes we are tempted to jump right into painting. That is, until you work your heart out and a week later the finish starts peeling off because the paint doesn’t have any tooth to stick to. Then you know that sanding is a worthwhile effort. If your surface is shiny, you need to sand. Medium grit, like 220, is fine. You should also sand any rough spots to ensure a super smooth paint finish.
To really step up your furniture finishing skills, sanding with a fine grit, like 200 or even 400, between paint coats can make the piece really sing. PRIME There are times when you can clean and sand your piece and start painting right away. If the colour you are using is fairly similar to the existing finish, or if there are no stains, knot holes, or other issues, go right ahead. If you discover your piece is painted in an oil-based paint, clean well and give the piece a light scuff sanding. If you think this could be an old lead paint, do not sand, as lead particles are toxic. Use an oil based primer that accepts water-based top coats. To find out if the piece has been waxed, you can use your thumb nail to scratch the surface. If it moves or lifts, it is wax. Wipe it down with mineral spirits first and then a damp rag. Let dry. Shellac-based primer like BIN Zinser will stop bleed through of wood tannins – especially in redwoods and pine knots. Generally it is white when applied, so keep this in mind if you plan to distress your piece. If you are painting a very dark piece with a white or very light paint, consider using a transition colour, such as Sterling or Little Stork. These lighter colours act as a colour primer and make the transition to pure white easier.
ULTRA GRIP Have a really tricky surface to paint? Fusion Ultra Grip allows for Fusion Mineral Paint to adhere to surfaces that are typically not for painting such as melamine or thermofoil. This water based emulsion increases the adhesion of Fusion colours to glossy, hard to grip surfaces. Milky when wet, Ultra Grip dries translucent with very good clarity. It should be applied with a sponge, as using a brush tends to hold texture and show brush strokes. Allow Ultra Grip to dry for 12 hours, then continue with Fusion Mineral Paint. Fusion Ultra Grip




WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE "COLLECTIONS"


The ingredients in the collections are the same: Binder - 100% acrylic
Minerals - UV resistant premium pigments
Solvent - water - no VOCs, no harmful chemicals
The Fusion Classic Collection consists of 26 timeless colors. There are 26 beautiful blues, reds, neutrals, and more in this collection.
Michael Penney is well known in Canada for his talent and his eye for beautiful, colourful spaces! He wears many hats as a decorator, stylist, and former magazine editor at House & Home Magazine and Style at Home Magazine. He curated a line of 15 beautiful colours for the Fusion Penney & Co Collection.
The Fusion Tones for Tots Collection is made up of gorgeous pastel colours that are perfect for creating a nursery haven for your little one. Years of development have led to a formula that is truly VOC free and non-toxic for children, without sacrificing the durability of quality of regular fusion paint. This special line of 7 nursery rhyme inspired colours complies with both lead and phalate restrictions of the Toy Safety Standards of North America and Europe, as well as the ASTM D4236 LHAMA safety labelling requirements. Simply put, these paints follow the same safety standards as toys and furniture made for babies and children, which means that all you have to worry about is picking a colour. These wonderful colours were introduced in Spring 2015 and have proven to be fantastic colours to use anywhere around the house.
Containing pure mica pigments, the 6 stunning colours in the Fusion Metallics Collection shimmer unlike any other paint on the market. They work just like any other Fusion Mineral Paint – but with a lot more shimmer!




HOW CAN I AVOID BRUSH STROKES?


Always dampen your brush before you start painting. A damp brush allows to flow the paint nicely on your piece. Dip it in water and squeeze off the excess water – you don’t want to feel any of the water or it will dilute your paint.
Don’t hold the paint brush around the handle like a hammer. Hold it at the metal piece, also known as the ferrule, and let it balance between your fingers. That way you should get a fluid movement from your wrists. Place it on your hand and feel the pressure – you aren’t so much controlling the brush as you are helping it glide. Most people often add too much pressure and too much paint, causing brush strokes. Less paint is easier to control! Dip your brush into the paint a maximum of halfway up the bristles. Any higher than that and the paint won’t go on smooth – and it will be a pain to clean it!
Don’t use too much paint. It is better to paint multiple thin layers rather than one thick layer. If you see brush strokes, you have too much paint. Lay the brush flat and let it glide smoothly across the surface. Don’t exert too much pressure on the brush. If your bristles are splaying out – that’s too much pressure. Try to glide the brush across the entire length of the piece. That way you won’t see any stop or start marks. If you can’t make it all the way across, paint toward the already painted area. Start marks show up a lot easier than stop marks (as you are pushing down versus lifting the bristles.) Don’t go back and forth too often. The paint will start to dry, and you will invoke more brush marks. Use the right tools for the project and use the right size brush for your project. Sanding between layers with a fine grit of sandpaper will give you a smoother finish. For even smoother, wet the sandpaper and do a wet sand. Make sure you wait at least half an hour for the paint to be dry to the touch!




HOW DO I APPLY THE HEMP OIL?


Fusion Hemp Oil is an all natural oil that will bring any old dry wood back to life. It can also be used over Fusion Mineral Paint to add a luscious sheen without changing the paint colour (even over white) Simply pour or brush the oil onto your surface and wipe away the excess with a rag. The oil will feel dry to the touch one day after the initial application, however, complete drying can be several days. For example, if there is too much oil initially applied, then small amounts of oil may rise over the first few days. This can be avoided by wiping the excess away with a cloth. If used on a floor, during this time it is recommended to place some cardboard pieces where there will be a lot of foot traffic. Dirty shoes should be kept off for at least two weeks. One 500 mL bottle covers approximately 7 square meters. Before After




HOW TO USE & CARE FOR MY CLING ON! BRUSH?


BEFORE USING YOUR CLING ON! BRUSH Let your CLING ON! absorb some water, so it gets the proper flex. Soak the tip of the bristles in water for approx 20 minutes. Remove excess water by spinning the handle between your hands, and squeeze with some paper towel. The brush needs to be moist, but not dripping with water.
IN BETWEEN COATS Wrap the ferule and the filamenst of the brush in glad wrap to prevent the paint drying on it, and store in an upright position to prevent moisture flowing back into it. AFTER COMPLETING YOUR PROJECT When you finished painting, give your CLING ON! a quick rinse, then hang it in a container (a brush container, a tall glass jar or a large plastic soft drink cup with the brush handle pushed up through the straw opening) keeping the tip hanging in water without touching the bottom. CLING ON! brushes always should be stored this way to maintain the shape and condition. The filaments are specially treated to release the paint, that is why we call it "self cleaning". The next day a lot of the paint will have left the brush. Refresh water over a few days once a day until all the paint is gone. Then just rinse the brush, spin out the remaining water, gently squeeze with paper towel, and you are ready to paint again.
CONDITIONING AND DRYING YOUR CLING ON! BRUSH If you are not going to be using the brush for a while, wash it with a drop of Fusion Brush Cleaner to condition it, shake out excess water and gently squeeze with paper towel. Hang your brush to dry, so the moisture does not flow back into the filaments.




WHEN DO I NEED TO USE ULTRA GRIP?


Only if you have a really tricky surface to paint such as melamine or thermofoil.
Fusion Ultra Grip This is a water based 100% pure resin emulsion that increases the adhesion of Fusion Mineral Paint to colours to glossy, hard to grip surfaces. Milky when wet, Ultra Grip dries translucent with very good clarity. Ultra Grip should be applied with a sponge, as using a brush tends to hold texture and show brush strokes.
Ultra Grip is not needed for every project, only those which are exceptionally difficult for adhesion. Fusion Mineral Paint adheres well to clean plastics, metal, and glass without requiring this additional step.





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