Saltwash Tips | DIY Projects Using Saltwash Paint Additive

Sanding is Key!

A very important tip in my opinion, is the sanding step. Sanding is the “ta-da” moment when all of the fabulous Saltwash® layers are revealed so this is a really important step. To really create the authentic look, you want to think “how would this piece or surface naturally wear over time”, and maybe give a little extra attention with the sander in this area. For instance, on the top of a dresser by the front edge you can imagine that it would get more worn over time from possible hands or items rubbing over it and wearing away at it. The same could be imagined around door knobs , drawer pulls or the corners of a piece, where it would get a lot of natural distressing from being pulled at and possibly bumped into over the years.

When Mixing…

Mix Saltwash powder in an approximate 1:1 ratio, depending on your paint of choice.  See ratio mixing grid below.  For best results, pour paint into a mixing container first and gradually add your Saltwash® powder until it is of an “icing-like” consistency.  We suggest to begin mixing with smaller quantities of paint, 16-oz is a great starting point, and to stir your Saltwash® powder mixture every 2-4 scoops.

When applying your Saltwash powder mixture…

As a Saltwash powder beginner, we recommend applying your Saltwash powder mixture with light to medium thickness.  As you get more advanced and familiar with the Saltwash® powder you will find your ideal application and consistency.

When Sanding…

Now for the fun part, sanding Saltwash paint.  It's time to reveal all of your fabulous Saltwash powder layers.  We recommend an electric sander, especially for larger pieces, but hand sanding will do as long as you have some elbow grease behind it.  Typically 100 Grit Sand paper works best to expose just the right amount of your Saltwash® powder base layer of paint.

Take the weathered, aged look to the next level…

After sanding Saltwash paint layers, and if you want to create an aged patina with just a little more authenticity, try applying a dark wax stain to your piece. Simply wipe wax stain across the surface of your piece allowing the dark wax to settle in the crevasses of your Saltwash® powder layers.  Wipe off excess wax with a clean soft rag.