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Furniture Paints
Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I buy a full-size can?

Full-size cans (750ml) are available from a selection of online retailers, many offering next day delivery. View our STOCKIST page here

Which sachet should I buy for testing Furniture Paint colours?

Our new Colour Tester sachets are the perfect way to test colour only with 100% accuracy. These colours are then available in a range of different sheens, including Chalky, Matt, Satin and Gloss Furniture Paints.

How do I use the sachet?

Our tester sachets are super easy to use. View our helpful guide here.

How much paint is in the sachet?

The sachets contain 10ML of paint which is enough for a 30cm x 30cm sample.

What is the difference between the Rust-Oleum Furniture Paints?

Matt Furniture Paint

Do you find shabby chic shabbier than chic? 

If so, Rust-Oleum Matt Finish Furniture Paint is just what you need. It’s not intended for a distressed look but for a no-nonsense matt appearance instead for interior furniture, doors and trims.

There’s no need for a primer* or topcoat, so you can upcycle chairs and update doors without upheaval. The paint is downright hard-wearing and water-resistant too.  

It’s also Certified Toy Safe, meaning it’s ideal for the nursery and playroom too.

Chalky Finish Furniture Paint

Distress without stress with Chalky Finish Furniture Paint.

Revive interior furniture, brick, stone and plaster with a chalky matt finish in just one highly concentrated coat. 

Simply brush onto the bare surface or over the old paint or varnish, then sand or scour when dry. This paint can also be layered with multiple contrasting colours to reveal multiple tones when sanded. 

And for the finishing touch, you must add a layer of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax or Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer to protect the paintwork. 

Easy on the eye. Easy as pie.

Satin Furniture Paint

Make sheening examples of your interior furniture, doors and trims with Rust-Oleum Satin Finish Furniture Paint.

This water-based paint adds a timeless mid-sheen finish. It’s also Certified Toy Safe, meaning it’s ideal for the nursery and playroom too.

No priming or sanding necessary on most surfaces. And no need to wax or lacquer your finished paint work. The result is lustre without fluster.

Gloss Furniture Paint

Make interior furniture, doors and trims sleek and chic, with Rust-Oleum Gloss Finish Furniture Paint.

The water-based paint adds a glossy finish. It’s also Certified Toy Safe, meaning it’s ideal for the nursery and playroom too.

No priming or sanding necessary on most surfaces. And no need to wax or lacquer your finished paint work. It is, quite literally, brilliant. 

Can I use Rust-Oleum Furniture Paints to paint my woodwork and trim?

Matt, Satin and Gloss Furniture Paints are all perfect for woodwork and trim. Whether you want to go for a matching shade or a contrasting statement, update doors and skirting boards without upheaval. No primer or topcoat needed. The paint is downright hard-wearing and water-resistant too.

Do I need to prime the surface before applying Rust-Oleum Satin, Matt or Gloss Furniture Paint?

There is often no need to apply a separate primer when using our Satin, Matt or Gloss Furniture Paint, they will achieve an excellent key to most suitably prepared surfaces.

For best results ensure the surface is clean, dry and free from any surface contamination. Glossy surfaces should be lightly abraded and all dust removed before applying the paint direct to the prepared surface. 

A primer will be required if there is likely to be any staining from the substrate – such as Zinsser B-I-N Primer to block a knot in softwood or Zinsser Cover Stain to block any potential tannin bleed from hardwood timber.

Can Rust-Oleum Furniture Paints be applied over varnished timber?

Yes. Furniture Paint can be applied direct to varnish. For best results make sure the surface is prepared well by:

  • Removing any loose, flaking or suspect varnish back to a sound surface.
  • Cleaning the surface thoroughly with Zinsser Universal Degreaser Cleaner to remove all traces of dirt, oils, wax, polish etc. Rinse the cleaned surface well with warm water. Allow the surface to dry thoroughly.
  • When painting older furniture, the surface may have a coating of polish or wax. It is always a good idea to check you’ve removed any build up by cleaning the surface well and testing the furniture paint on a small area before applying to the entire surface.
  • Lightly abrading glossy surfaces and removing all traces of dust.

I would like to repaint a baby's cot. Which one of your products would be best to use?

Our Satin, Gloss or Matt Furniture Paints are ideal for freshening up a cot ready for the new arrival. All are water-based with low odour and provide a tough and durable coating that is certified Toy Safe (to EN71-3:2019) and available in a choice of 110 colours.

  • Clean the surface thoroughly with Zinsser Universal Degreaser Cleaner to remove all traces of dirt, oils, wax, polish etc. Rinse the cleaned surface well with warm water and allow the surface to dry thoroughly.
  • Lightly abrade glossy surfaces and remove all traces of dust.
  • Apply two coats of Satin, Matt or Gloss Furniture Paint.

Do I need to apply a protective varnish over the Matt, Satin or Gloss Furniture Paint?

The Matt, Satin and Gloss Furniture Paints provide a tough durable finish when applied to a suitably prepared surface. There is no requirement to purchase a separate product to protect the finish. 

Our Chalky Finish Furniture Paint is designed so that it can be easily distressed and requires a protective coating of Rust-Oleum Furniture Finishing Wax or Rust-Oleum Furniture Lacquer.

How do I clean my brush?

Clean your brush immediately after use with warm water and liquid detergent.

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