Using Dab Paints

We have done all the hard work applying science and decorative skills to make your painting experience easy and enjoyable. Follow these simple steps below to achieve a professional finish, and continue reading for some more detailed advice...


CLEAN the item with a slightly damp cloth
SHAKE the paint tin (leave the lid on for optimal result)
DIP your brush in, covering approx 1 third of the bristle height
BRUSH on the paint, ideally in the direction of the wood grain
DRY Allow 1-2 hours between coats
RECYCLE the tin once empty
PLANT the complimentary seeds into your cardboard packaging and help us paint the planet happy
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Dab paints have superior coverage qualities, covering 15m² per litre. This means you can comfortably double coat a large piece of furniture, such as a wardrobe or a dresser, with just one 500ml pot.

Drying Times

The average drying time between coats is between 1-2 hours. Depending on conditions.

Warm, dry & airflow = good   -  Opposite = not as good.

Your second coat should go on as easy as the first, if you feel like the brush is dragging a little, then you've been too keen. Make a cuppa and give it a little more time.

Like many paints, Dabs fully cured time is around 21 days. A fully cured paint finish means all of the paint has set, and its transition from a liquid to a solid has fully completed. A fully cured paint finish is far more durable, so where possible, especially on items that are used heavily, give the paint the time it needs to do its thing! 


Painting Raw Wood

Raw Softwoods (e.g. Pine): 

Softwoods will absorb a great deal of your first coat. It's not a problem, it just means with the lighter colours especially, you may require an additional coat than you were expecting.
Another very important thing to think about with pine, is the knots. They will need to be primed with a primer or knotting solution prior to painting as there is a chance they will bleed sap into your lovely paint finish.

Raw Hardwood (e.g. Oak):

Hardwoods are lovely to paint, and tend to require less coats than the softwoods, however drying time can sometimes be a little longer.

Raw red coloured woods (e.g. Mahogany):

It is worth doing a small test section on the red toned woods, as in some cases the pigment of the wood can affect the colour of the paint finish, especially the lighter tones. If this occurs, then a primer coat will need to be applied prior.

Painting High-Gloss Surfaces

Dab paints has fantastic adhesion qualities and will stick well when applied to a high gloss surface, but there are a couple of things you can do to give it a helping hand.
High gloss/smooth surfaces need to be cleaned well prior to painting, otherwise the paint will only stick to the dirt/grease which is the main cause of flaking paint.
If you do have a spare few minutes, a little prep with this really does go a long way, especially if this is an item that will be used heavily. A quick sand all over will "key" the surface, giving the paint a larger surface area to grip on to. Just make sure to use a mid to high number grit, and sand in one direction, just to minimise any sanding scratches showing through into your paint finish.

Painting High Traffic Surfaces

When painting items that are used on a regular basis, for durability, we find it is quite effective to apply slightly thinner coats than you normally would, slowly building up 3 - 4 coats, allowing plenty of drying time between coats, and then leaving the final finish to fully cure. Varnishes and waxes can be applied after for additional protection

Learn more in our tips & Tricks section...