Black Dog Salvage Paint Fact Sheet

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Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint Fact Sheet

1. Water Based: Our paint is a water based acrylic/latex paint. It cleans up easily with soap and water. Do not shake the paint. Stir gently.


2. Low VOC’s: (Volatile Organic Compounds) Our paint has low to no odor and is exceptionally environmentally friendly. Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be used indoors, around children and pets. The paint contains no harmful chemicals or odors.


3. High Adhesion and Coverage Rate: Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint will adhere to other paint, varnish, lacquer, poly, plastic, metal, unfinished wood, water based or oil stains, glass and ceramic.  Coverage: 75-80 sq. ft. per pint, 150+ sq. ft. per quart.


4. Prep Before Painting: Our paint can be used over most CLEAN surfaces. You must clean your piece before painting. We suggest TSP (Tri-Sodium Phosphate) or any good degreasing, degriming, general cleaner. Do not use a cleaner that contains any petroleum products or silicones. No stripping or priming is required. Sanding is only necessary if you have “chippy”, peeling, glossy or blemished areas. We do not suggest our paint be used on furniture that has been oiled continuously such as Teak or Scandinavian style furniture.  


5. Interior Paint: Our paint is an interior furniture paint that must be sealed. It is not wall paint. Our paint can be used on outside furniture, doors, etc. as long as it is top coated with and exterior topcoat. We sell “Crab Coat” which is an exterior, marine grade, water based poly top coat in a satin finish for exterior applications. 


6. Paint Application: Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint can be brushed or sprayed. You may use the brush of your choice, synthetic or natural bristle. We do not suggest the use of foam brushes with the paint. If spraying, follow the thinning suggestions of your sprayer’s operating manual.


7. Top Coat Application: Our paint must be top coated in order to protect the painted surface. Guard Dog Furniture Paint Protector was created for this purpose. Guard Dog is a water-based polyurethane. It comes in a satin or matte finish. Guard Dog can be sprayed or brushed. Apply a minimum of two coats. We suggest allowing the paint to cure for 24 hours before top coating. If working in a non air-conditioned space in high humidity allow for extra drying time. As with all polyurethane products Do Not Shake, Gently Stir. If you like a waxed finish you most certainly can use wax over our paint. Wax will darken the color. Wax is not water or solvent safe. Wax is not a stable topcoat.


8. Mixable Palette: The paint is completely customizable. You can mix the colors to create your own custom hue. Our white-“Clean Canvas” is a true white. It can be mixed with any of the colors to create a TINT (lighter hue of a color). Our black-“Black Dog” can be mixed with any color to create a SHADE (darker hue of a color).  We will be posting color “Recipes” on the website. There are no limits to the colors that can be created. If you create a new color please let us know!


9. Bleed Through: If you have a pink, yellow, orange or brown color bleeding through the paint you have a condition called “Bleed Through”. A substance used on manufactured furniture during the 1940’s to the late 1960’s causes Bleed Through. If this happens, quit painting. Allow the paint to dry and paint the affected area with clear shellac. Allow to dry and paint over the shellac. The shellac seals the affected area.


10. Paint Won’t Adhere: If you are having problems with the paint adhering it is most likely due to one of the following:

a. The piece is not clean or you used a cleaner that contains silicone or petroleum substances. Cleaners that contain petroleum or silicone substances will repel the paint. We have found TSP to be a good all around cleaner for preparing your piece for paint.

b. The piece has been highly oiled. The paint will not adhere to teak or Scandinavian style furniture that has been consistently oiled. Sorry…no paint will adhere to these surfaces.


11. Classes: YES! We offer classes that will allow you to learn everything you need to know about Black Dog Salvage Furniture Paint. Check our website or talk to a sales associate for a description and schedule of our classes. A 10% discount on all paint products is afforded all students on the day of their class.


If you did not find the answer to your question on this sheet please email: or call

Woodcraft at: 1-800-535-4482. 

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