DISTRESSING TOOLS: Pearlworks uses many tools to distress a cabinet or furniture piece. In the photo we show just a few: Painted Scrapper, Flat Scrapper, Chain, Utility knife, Slag Hammer, and Wood Chisel.

PREPARATION: Clean all material with industrial grade virgin acetone when working with any Architectural Resin Ornamentation. This is a step that should not be missed, as oil from your hands can cause the finish to improperly bond. Always wear latex gloves during this step and for all following processes.

STEP 1- Primer: (BEIGE OR YELLOW) Apply tinted Primer/base coat. This primer step is used to even out the colors between the wood and resin. The base coat primer can be thinned if you desire a more transparent look or straight from the can for a more opaque look. This step is important because some finishers prefer more grain to show through, and some want a more uniform color. Once the primer is dry, sand all material to a smooth fine finish. Airless sprayer = no thinner needed Air gun sprayer = 5-10% thinner needed

STEP 2-Staining: Apply a coat of Stain, you can work with your local paint store to get a desired color. This Stain coat gives the area its base color. The key to applying the Stain is to get the color on evenly. Our Stains are specifically designed to dry slowly (1-2 hours) allowing plenty of working time.

STEP 3 -Antiquing/Glazing: Once you have sealed your color coat using Sanding Sealer, it is time for some of the antiquing techniques. Apply the antiquing glaze with a small brush making sure all cracks and crevices are filled. Next, take a towel and wipe off the glaze leaving the dark glaze mixture in the low areas. If you like the look you can stop here and seal with High-Gloss Top-Coat or continue to step 4.

STEP 4 -Dry Brushing (Optional): If Antiquing is not enough……. the next step is Dry-Brushing. Before you start dry brushing make sure you seal your last step with High-Gloss Clear Top Coat. Once this is complete, we can start dry brushing. Dab your brush making sure it’s not dripping wet but just moist. Now take your brush and lightly brush over the edges and raised parts of your project to coat them with this mixture. This technique highlights and enhances the detail of your project.

STEP 5 -Top Coats: Once these steps are done and you are pleased with the look apply your top coat and you are done! Please note that every step is sealed with high gloss clear; which allows for a milky free look. Sealing each step allows you to go back to that step and start over if something goes wrong. This simple technique saves a lot of time if one step in the process goes bad.

• Many finishers seal the individual steps with sanding sealer. Using sanding sealers and Top Coat clears other than High- Gloss contain talc powder. Talc powder is used in top coat clears to   achieve different sheens. Problems occur when applying multiple coats. It creates a milky and flat look to your finish. We recommend using sanding sealer only to seal the stain. We always     use high-gloss clear for our build-up coats then we shoot a single coat of satin or semi-gloss as our final top-coat sheen.

To see these Pearlworks Finishing steps in motion, please see our instructional videos under Concepts/How to tab on our website: www.pearlworksinc.com. We are available for questions on all your projects.