Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.
Interior of the car.
Painting a car interior with Fusion Mineral Paint.
Um yeh, I know it’s absurd! and right off I’d like to say that Fusion Mineral Paint was designed as a furniture paint. But the product is excellent and hardwearing and can be used on so many surfaces, so I’ll explain how we got our weirdest commission ….to date 😉
A few posts ago we did an interior revamp for a lovely client and ended up painting her leather armchair. It no longer went with her design and it was headed for the local landfill, so we thought why not! fast forward to a couple weeks ago and her husband who is a car dealer asked if we could spruce up the leather interior of a Mercedes convertible. You see he sits on that leather armchair night after night, the kids jump on it and so does the dog. His thinking was that if the paint held up to all that it should work just great in the car.
We explained to him that it wasn’t meant for this purpose and we couldn’t guarantee that it would have a long life, but he decided he wanted to go ahead.
Here is a before of the car interior.
Seat with yellow insert
We were asked to paint all the yellow parts of the interior, and he decided he wanted to go black. The seats we knew would be easy and durable but the dash board etc was made of a combintion of rubber type material and plastic.
It took a bit of time to prep and tape everything up, it was cleaned and prepped with a lttle sanding using our fabulous Sandi Hands. They came in useful in the hard to reach areas.
It’s all in the prep work
masking the door panels.
It probably took just as long to prep as it did to paint, but this wasnt the type of job you could just start over.
Hard at work
Starting the fun part.
Once all the prep was done and we were sure we had masked everything, it was time to start painting. We were so excited! and at one point we had maybe 5 men all standing around the car, arms folded shaking their heads and mumbling under their breath! sooo funny.
It took about 2-3 coats all over, a variety of different brushes were used including a roller for the leather seats.
First coat applied with a roller.
centre panel being painted.
Everything was given one to two thin coats the first day and left overnight. The third coat is were it all started coming together.
Looks better even after one coat!
The dashboard and door inserts after 3 light coats.
The car had to be kept inside on day 2 as it was raining and we needed the roof down , so the pics could be better but I think even in this light it’s clear there is a massive improvment.
nearly done, just the tape to remove and touch ups to be done.
After the 3 light coat the tape was removed and a few touch ups done and it was ready! We are dissapointed we haven’t got a beauty shot with the car all washed in some pretty location, but the weather had been real bad and before it cleared up the dealer sold it !
Still drying but a huge improvement from the banana yellow.
Finishing touch ups done.
In the picture above the chairs are still drying but the centre panels and dash has dryed to a lovely matte finish. It was a intricate job but we really enjoyed the challenge.
We often say in our trade that we would ‘paint anything’ and now we can tick a car off the list.
We would love to hear what you think , leave a coment and let us know.
to see the leather armchair painted in Fusion Mineral paint click here.
Painting leather with Fusion Mineral Paint
Waxing frustrations and tips.
Everyone who paints furniture has, at one time or another wanted to launch the tin of wax out the window! …It’s true, don’t deny it!
smudgy greasy marks, streaks, spots, dots and dull patches.
Now I’ve heard all sorts of tips and tricks since I began painting nearly a decade ago, most of them are just incorrect or unhelpful. I heard this one a couple years ago and I laughed and laughed and laughed…. ok that’s a bit mean but COME ON !!!!
‘waxing should be effortless and no exertion should be used’
AS Paris Grey waxed.
Emperors Silk AS chalk paint and Dark wax, buffed to a sheen.
Aubusson AS chalk paint Dark wax glazed
Anyone reading this who has waxed anything bigger than a postage stamp knows this is simply not true, I mean if you haven’t worked up a bit of a glow after waxing a chest or bedside I don’t know what to say ( which makes a change ).
All jesting aside, it did make me wonder if it contributes to the endless frustrations about waxing.
waxing frustrations and tips
You often see wax tutorials on Youtube where they are swirling the wax in a circular motion across the top of a table or sideboard, now all of this is only my humble opinion but, this is not the Karate Kid people! it’s not wax on wax off.
As with paint, it should be applied in the direction of the woodgrain and when all said and done you should not be able to see the manner in which it was applied.
#Top Tip 1
I use a dense sponge to apply wax and do a small section at a time, wiping the excess off in the direction of the wood before starting the next area. When the wax has had time to harden a little and the spirits to evaporate off, I buff with a lint-free cloth in the direction of the wood. Dark wax should be applied over clear wax, at least on porous painted furniture like Chalk or Milk.
#Top Tip 2
Put some dark wax and a little white spirits in an inexpensive squirty bottle, similar to the type your kitchen cleaner comes in. Let the dark wax dissolve until you have a liquid consistency then once your clear wax is dry, spray the liquid dark wax. Cover a small area and wipe off. It’s easier to control and because diluted, it sits nicely into the carvings and hard to reach nooks and crannies much easier. In essence, you are getting a wax glaze.
#Top Tip 3
Pick up the can of wax and…..
I have actually done that!
Only kidding, like with anything worth doing it just takes some practice, so don’t give up.
I must say that after using Annie Sloan wax for years and coming across these issues time and again I was skeptical when I was told of Homestead House’s wax, but after trying it I could not believe the difference! It’s smooth and creamy and buttery soft and melts into the paint so none of the above issues. If you have had troubles in the past with waxing and are ready to throw the towel in I highly recommend it giving these waxes a try. They come in 4 colours, a clear, Espresso, Black, and White.