Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs
Here you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions and general tips for troubleshooting. If you are not able to find an answer to the question you have and you have read through the tipsheet(s) of the product that you are working with, then please feel free to reach out to us via our contact page.
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Can Nature’s Wood Stain™ be mixed to create custom colors?Artisan Enhancements
Yes! All Nature’s Wood Stain™ colors can be mixed and layered with other Nature’s Wood Stain™ colors to create custom stain colors and finishes.
Review the Nature’s Wood Stain™ Tip Sheet for additional application and cure instructions.
Can Nature’s Wood Stain™ be sprayed?Artisan Enhancements
Yes! Nature’s Wood Stain™ can be sprayed. But requires a quality sprayer, fine mist nozzles, and sometimes a bit of dilution (but only if needed). Always be sure to test your spray pressure, your mist setting, and dilution before attempting on a piece.
Paint sprayer pressure: 1500-2500 psi
Paint sprayer nozzle: 0.013 - 0.017
Do Artisan Enhancements™ Transfer Gel image transfers and decoupage need to be sealed?Artisan Enhancements
Yes. Images and decoupage materials applied using Transfer Gel need to be sealed to protect the finish. We recommend sealing with Transfer Gel, Clear Topcoat, or Clear Finish. Make sure to use a proper varnish brush when applying Transfer Gel as a varnish. Transfer Gel as a varnish is thicker than Clear Finish and Clear Topcoat making brush strokes more visible and harder to control. Transfer Gel has a semi-gloss – glossy finish when used as a varnish. For a more consistent, even, or matte sheen - we recommend using Clear Topcoat or Clear Finish. See Tip Sheets for Clear Topcoat and Clear Finish for application instructions.
Note: Wax and Scumble maybe used over Transfer Gel techniques. To add an additional layer of wax or Scumble, first seal the image transfer or decoupaged surface with one thin coat of Clear Topcoat sealer. Allow the surface to cure a minimum of 72 hours before wax or Scumble application – for best results allow 1 week of Clear Topcoat cure time before wax or Scumble application. Follow wax manufacturer’s instructions for wax applications. Follow Scumble Tip Sheet for Scumble applications.
Do surfaces need to be sealed before applying transfer images with Artisan Enhancements™ Transfer Gel?Artisan Enhancements
If painting/staining/layering before application, make sure the basecoat of paint/stain/layers are completely dry before application of Transfer Gel. For best results let surfaces dry overnight before Transfer Gel application. Note: Raw, stone, and untreated surfaces may need to be sealed with Artisan Enhancements™ Clear Topcoat prior to Transfer Gel application. These types of surfaces absorb too much of the medium resulting in a weaker bond between the surface, gel, and image. Additionally, some paint formulas re-open readily with the reintroduction of moisture. If you’re concerned about the paint re-opening, seal the painted surface with Artisan Enhancements™ Clear Topcoat or Clear Finish prior to Transfer Gel application.
Does a technique with Crackle Tex need to be sealed?Artisan EnhancementsYes. Seal with Artisan Enhancements™ sealers or wax.
Note: If creating a multi layered finish - adding more layers of paint, plaster, glaze, or a color wash - once crackle layer of paint is dry, a thin layer of Artisan Enhancements™ Clear Topcoat may be needed to protect the crackle paint/plaster layer from reopening with moisture.
Does Artisan Enhancements™ Leaf and Foil Size need to be sealed?Artisan Enhancements
Yes. Once Leaf and Foil Size has been applied to a surface it remains tacky indefinitely if not sealed. Seal metallic surfaces with Artisan Enhancements™ sealers Clear Topcoat or Clear Finish. For dusted foils we recommend a “Matte” sheen of our sealers. For glossy foils we recommend a “Gloss” sheen for our sealers. If using traditional metal leaf, do a sample piece to determine the desired sheen.
Note: Wax and Scumble glaze maybe used over foiled surfaces. To add an additional layer of wax or Scumble glaze, first seal the foiled surface with one thin coat of Clear Topcoat sealer. Allow the surface to cure a minimum of 72 hours before wax or Scumble application – for best results allow 1 week of Clear Topcoat cure time before wax or Scumble application. Follow wax manufacturer’s instructions for wax applications. Follow Scumble Tip Sheet for Scumble application.
Does Artisan Enhancements™ Scumble need to be sealed?Artisan Enhancements
Yes. Once fully dry, we recommend sealing all Scumble applications with Artisan Enhancements™ sealers. If the Scumble technique is left unsealed it can re-open and re-activate if exposed to moisture. Note: Wax maybe used over surfaces with Scumble Glazes. To add an additional layer of wax, first seal the surface with one thin coat of Clear Topcoat sealer. After 72 hours of dry-time, additional colored waxes can be layered over the Clear Topcoat sealed surface. Follow wax manufacturer’s instructions for wax applications.
Does Nature’s Wood Stain™ require an additional sealer?Artisan Enhancements
Due to the unique formulation of Nature’s Wood Stain™, a surface stained in Nature’s Wood Stain™ does not require an additional sealer if two coats of stain are applied for full coverage. If only applying one coat of stain or a diluted coat of stain, we recommend applying one thin coat of Clear Topcoat sealer before use.
If desired, additional sealers and wax can be applied to fully cured stained surfaces to increase sheen and smoothness of finish. Allow stained surface to dry for a minimum of 72 hours before applying sealers or wax. After 72 hours the surface can be sealed with Artisan Enhancements™ sealers Clear Topcoat or Clear Finish (See Sealer Tip Sheet for proper sealer application). After 72 hours of dry-time, additional colored waxes can be layered over the stained surface.
How do I achieve an ultra-smooth finish with Clear Topcoat Sealer or Clear Finish?Artisan EnhancementsIf painting, for an ultra-smooth finish, first make sure your paint layer is painted using a brush designed for a smooth application such as our Flat Brush or Oval Brush. If the paint layer is not smooth, the sealer and varnishes will highlight any inconsistency and texture in the paint.
For a super ultra-smooth paint layer use a finishing sandpaper (500 - 1000 grit) and very lightly sand the painted surface by hand to remove texture before sealing.
Apply sealers using a high-quality varnish brush like our 37mm Flat Brush or 37mm Oval Brush. Both brushes were designed for smooth application and are fine tipped to lessen the chance of brush strokes.
How do I clean tools after application of Nature’s Wood Stain™?Artisan Enhancements
Easy clean up with soap and water.