FAQs

We've compiled answers to all of your frequently asked questions, including where to buy, product safety, working with Jolie products, and troubleshooting.

General:

WHERE CAN I BUY JOLIE PRODUCTS?

Jolie products are available through approved Jolie Retailers. To find the Retailer closest to you, please visit the Locations page of our website.

Products can also be purchased through JolieHome.com and select online retailers.

DON’T SEE A JOLIE RETAILER NEAR ENOUGH TO YOU? Learn more about the Jolie Referral Program and how you can earn money when your favorite shop becomes a Jolie Retailer.

ARE YOUR PRODUCTS SOLD INTERNATIONALLY?

Jolie products are currently available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. If you are located in country outside of our current service areas and would like to place an order, please contact us directly by emailing info@joliehome.com.

ARE PAINT SWATCHES AND SAMPLES AVAILALBE?

Yes, Jolie Paint is available for purchase in 4 ounce sample sizes. Jolie Color Cards with color swatches of the whole pre-tinted color range are available through Jolie Retailers.

DO YOU OFFER CLASSES OR WORKSHOPS?

Many Jolie Retailers offer classes and workshops that will teach you how to create various finishes with Jolie Paint. Sign up for one of their Jolie Academy classes to learn our favorite techniques and finishes, or take a custom workshop to complete unique seasonal projects. To find a retailer near you, please visit the Locations page of our website.

We have also created step-by-step video tutorials to help guide you through the painting process. All of our video tutorials are available on our YouTube Channel. Download and/or print a copy of our written guides (Everyday Guide and Embellishment Guide) to follow along as you complete your project.

HOW DO I BECOME A JOLIE RETAILER?

If you are interested in becoming a Jolie Retailer, please fill out our Retailer Application. We will confirm receipt of your application within one business day. If we are looking for a Retailer in your area, we will set up a teleconference with you to learn more about your shop and tell you all about what Jolie Home can offer you as one of its Retailers.  

We are looking for applicants that have a physical retail presence and value customer service. If you are approved as a Jolie Retailer, you will be required to attend training at one of our studios in New Orleans, LA (USA) or Melbourne, VIC (AUS).

WHAT IS THE JOLIE INFLUENCER PROGRAM?

Jolie Home is seeking influencers to complete beautiful projects, take gorgeous photography and videography, and be an inspirational superstar in exchange for product perks, social collaborations, and early access to new products. If you are interested in getting involved, please fill out a Jolie Influencer Application and a Jolie team member will get back to you shortly.

Product Safety:

HOW SAFE ARE JOLIE PRODUCTS?

Jolie Products are non-toxic, low-VOC, low-odor and non-hazardous. For safety information on each of our products, view our Safety Data Sheets.

CAN I USE JOLIE PRODUCTS ON A CRIB OR FURNITURE FOR MY CHILD?

Yes, Jolie Paint and Finishing Waxes are considered food and baby safe after they have had 14 days to cure.

CAN I USE JOLIE PRODUCTS WHILE PREGNANT OR NURSING?

Although Jolie products are non-toxic, we do recommend consulting with your doctor to see if Jolie products are appropriate to use during your pregnancy. Safety Data Sheets are available for each of our products.

Jolie Paint:

WHERE IS JOLIE PAINT MADE?

Jolie Paint is proudly manufactured in the United States.

WHAT KIND OF PAINT IS JOLIE PAINT?

Jolie Paint is a water-based decorative paint with an ultra matte finish. It is 100% acrylic emulsion, containing calcium carbonate and other binders to give it exceptional adhesion properties. Jolie Paint is specifically designed to perform well with a variety of techniques. For more information on the versatility of Jolie Paint, download The Everyday Guide.

WHAT SHOULD I DO BEFORE I BEGIN PAINTING?

Jolie Paint adheres to most surfaces without sanding or priming. We recommend applying Jolie Paint to a clean, dry surface. Use a biodegradable cleaner to scrub the surface to be painted, then rinse thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before painting.

Certain surfaces may require additional prep work. Continue reading these FAQs for information regarding painting paint-resistant surfaces, such as melamine or laminate, rusted surfaces, raw wood, or surfaces with loose or peeling paint.

TIP: Shellac can be used to seal up ODORS from musty or smoky furniture. Spraying shellac is an easy way to coat the interiors of large case goods.

Jolie Paint should always be shaken and thoroughly stirred prior to use.

Pour your paint into a separate container while working and clean the rim of your paint can as soon as possible. This will make it easier to properly close the can when you are done.

FOR MORE TEXTURE in your finish, you can leave your paint container open for about 30 minutes before painting. This will allow some of the water to evaporate and thicken the paint.

Jolie Paint is water-based, which means that you always have the option to THIN OUT YOUR PAINT by adding water. We recommend doing this in a separate mixing container and adding water slowly in controlled increments. Never add water directly into the can - it can contaminate the paint.

For more information on what to do before painting, download The Everyday Guide.

WHAT SURFACES AND MATERIALS CAN BE PAINTED WITH JOLIE PAINT?

Jolie Paint adheres to most surfaces, including wood (raw, waxed, oil-based, lacquered and stained finishes), metal, matte plastics, brick, concrete and stone. There are, however, certain surfaces that do not accept paint and should not be painted. These include oily woods such as teak and eucalyptus, powder-coated metal, thermofoil cabinetry and furniture, kitchen and bathroom countertops, and many types of tile. When in doubt or on large projects, we always recommend testing in small areas before painting the entire piece.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON UNFINISHED WOOD?

Yes, Jolie Paint works beautifully over raw wood; however, some woods require additional surface prep.

Some woods contain tannins that may bleed through the paint as it dries, leaving orange or pinkish stains. OAK and MAHOGANY are the most likely offenders. To avoid bleed through, use shellac, a non-toxic sealer, to seal up any knots or wood-filled areas prior to painting. If you have already begun painting and notice stains, apply shellac, allow it to dry, and then apply an additional coat of paint.

If you are painting over raw wood, you may notice RAISED WOOD GRAIN after the first coat. To achieve a smoother finish, sand after the first coat of paint.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON MELAMINE, LAMINATE AND OTHER NON-POROUS SURFACES?

Jolie Paint will adhere to some “paint-resistant” surfaces, such as melamine and laminate, with extra preparation. Clean the surface, sand it with fine (180-220 grit) sandpaper, and wipe away the dust. Apply one thin coat of Jolie Paint and allow it to dry for 48 hours. The curing process will begin during this time, ensuring that the paint will adhere to the surface. You can then apply the second coat of paint and proceed normally with your project.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON FABRIC?

Jolie Paint can be used on some fabrics; however, NATURAL FABRICS and LEATHERS work best. Add up to 40% water to the paint in a separate mixing container and apply the paint in thin layers, allowing it to dry completely (preferably overnight) between coats. Sand the paint between coats to prevent it from forming a crust, which may crack when weight is applied to it. This technique is best executed on upholstery where the fabric is pulled taut. On furniture with a lot of give, you may notice cracks over time. Jolie Finishing Wax can be used to seal and protect the painted fabric.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON A SURFACE WITH RUST OR PEELING PAINT?

If you paint over RUST, it will likely return through your finish. This may or may not be your desired look. To control the rust, sand off as much of it as possible and treat the surface with a rust inhibitor or a rusty metal primer before painting.

Always sand away any loose or PEELING PAINT before applying fresh paint over it.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED OUTDOORS?

Yes, Jolie Paint is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. However, if you are using the paint for an exterior application, you should not seal your surface; you want to let moisture pass through the paint to allow it to weather naturally. After painting and before exposing your piece to the outdoor elements, allow the paint to dry overnight. You can also wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to slightly polish the finish.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON CABINETS?

Yes, painting cabinets with Jolie Paint is a great way to transform your kitchen, bathroom, or storage spaces. However, not all types of cabinets are good candidates for painting. Before you begin, confirm what material your cabinets are made out of and how they have been previously treated or finished.

Jolie Paint will adhere to most surfaces, including OIL-BASED PAINT, LACQUER and POLYURETHANE. Very SHINY SURFACES should be lightly sanded prior to painting to promote adhesion. Most SOLID WOOD cabinets can be painted successfully. Some types of woods, such as OAK and MAHOGANY, may require a primer coat of shellac, a non-toxic sealer, to block stains that may be pulled through the wood grain.

Even though MELAMINE or LAMINATE cabinets are not usually intended to be painted, Jolie Paint will adhere to the surface with a little sanding and some patience. Jolie Paint adheres better to difficult surfaces if allowed to dry a day or two between coats.

Cabinets finished with THERMOFOIL should not be painted. Thermofoil is a thin layer of synthetic materials (paper and resin wrap that may mimic wood grain) that are heat-wrapped around a base of engineered wood. A thermofoil surface will not accept paint long-term. Some older styles of thermofoil can be peeled away and removed with the help of a heat gun. If you have doubts about the material of your cabinets, your cabinet manufacturer may be able to provide a product description.

As with any large job, do some testing in an inconspicuous place, such as the inside of a door, before proceeding with the entire project.

PREPPING YOUR CABINETS

Once you are ready to paint, begin by removing the hardware and giving the cabinets a thorough cleaning to remove any dirt or grease. This is particularly important in kitchens, as grease and oil residue leftover from cooking can prevent Jolie Paint from adhering. Use a biodegradable cleaner to scrub the surface, then rinse it thoroughly and allow it to dry completely before painting.

TIPS:

When painting cabinet doors and drawers, watch out for excess paint pooling in the corners and along the edges of raised panels. Use a small Artist Brush to clean out these areas before drying.

Allow each coat of paint to dry completely before applying the next. Between coats, inspect the surface for loose bristles, drips or unwanted texture and sand these away with a Jolie Sanding Pad before applying subsequent coats.

SEALING AND FINISHING YOUR CABINETS

Seal your newly painted cabinets with two or three coats of Jolie Finishing Wax in Clear, working in manageable sections at a time. Two thin coats is often best for the first pass. Apply the next coat after 8 hours.

On hard wearing surfaces such as kitchen cabinets, we recommend that you confine the use of darker Finishing Waxes to crevices and alongside moldings. A finish with an all-over application of darker Finishing Waxes will show more wear and tear, and will be trickier to repair or refresh over time with a new coat of Finishing Wax.

Be gentle with your cabinetry as the new finish will require at least two weeks to harden and cure. Clean your finished cabinets with a soft cloth and mild soap and water.

For more information on painting cabinets, watch our video tutorial on Updating Cabinets with Jolie Paint.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON COUNTERTOPS?

We do not recommend painting kitchen or bathroom countertops. A painted and sealed surface may be porous and could harbor bacteria that is harmful to ingest.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON WALLS?

Yes, Jolie Paint can be used on walls. It will provide a beautiful matte finish.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED ON A FIREPLACE?

In most cases, yes. We recommend checking your local building codes to confirm if there are any restrictions on painting near a firebox. NOTE: Jolie Wax is not heat-resistant and should not be used if the area being painted will experience high temperatures.

CAN JOLIE PAINT BE USED IN A PAINT SPRAYER?

Jolie Paint can be applied through a paint sprayer, but it will need to be thinned with approximately 25-30% water (check your sprayer’s requirements) prior to spraying.

HOW MUCH PAINT DO I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?

Jolie Paint is currently sold in quarts (946 ml) and 4 ounce (118 ml) samples. One quart will cover approximately 150 square feet (13.9 square meters). One 4 oz sample will cover about 18.8 square feet (1.7 square meters). When calculating how much paint you need, make sure to consider the number of coats you will be applying to your surface. For example, with two coats, a quart of paint will cover 75 square feet of surface area.

TIP: Some colors cover better than others. Jolie reds, yellows and whites, especially Pure White, have the least amount of coverage. “Workhorse” colors with great coverage include French Grey, Uptown Ecru and Farmhouse Beige. Consider applying one of the workhorse colors before Pure White to cut down on the number of coats required.

DO YOU OFFER CUSTOM COLORS?

Jolie Paint is available in 42 pre-tinted colors which mix beautifully to create custom hues. Jolie Paint is highly pigmented and most colors are made with little or no black, which allows you to make gorgeous mixtures without losing intensity.

Refer to the Jolie Everyday Guide or watch our video tutorial on Color Mixing with Jolie Paint for more information and tips on mixing custom colors.

CAN I COMPLETE MY PROJECT INDOORS OR SHOULD I PAINT OUTSIDE?

Jolie Paint is water-based, non-toxic, low VOC and fast-drying, so it is not necessary to complete projects outside. Jolie Paint should always be applied in ambient temperatures (55-85° F or 13-29° C). If you do choose to paint outdoors, we recommend avoiding extreme heat or cold.

HOW LONG DOES JOLIE PAINT TAKE TO DRY?

Jolie Paint dries in about 30-45 minutes or when the surface no longer feels cool to the touch. Dry time may vary depending on your climate and the thickness of application. The second coat will dry faster than the first coat, and more heavily pigmented colors (darker and/or brighter) will take longer to dry.

When freshly painted, your finish will feel quite soft. This is the best time to manipulate it with techniques such as distressing, applying Finishing Wax, etc. As the paint cures (a process which takes approximately two weeks), it becomes much harder and more difficult to manipulate. Force drying the paint with heat, such as a hairdryer, makes it dry harder.

HOW SHOULD I STORE MY PAINT?

Since Jolie Paint dries so quickly, it is best to keep as much paint as possible out of the rim of the can so that the lid can be securely replaced. Pour the paint you need into a separate container to use for painting and clean out the rim of the can as soon as possible.

Use a rubber mallet to gently pound down the lid on the can, being careful not to damage the delicate rim. A sheet of a cling wrap over the top of the closed lid will help to ensure an airtight seal.

Store your paint in a cool, dry place. Jolie Paint does not contain antifreeze and should be protected from freezing temperatures.

Jolie Finishing Wax:

WHERE IS JOLIE FINISHING WAX MADE?

Jolie Finishing Wax is imported from Europe.

WHEN SHOULD I USE JOLIE FINISHING WAX?

Jolie Finishing Wax is a non-toxic and non-yellowing wax that can be used to both protect and seal interior furniture, cabinets, and home accessories. Use it on pieces that have been painted with Jolie Paint, raw or stained wood, or other painted finishes. Jolie Finishing Wax should be used on interior projects only. Do not use any other kind of protective coat after you have applied Jolie Finishing Wax.

HOW MUCH WAX DO I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?

Jolie Finishing Wax is available in two sizes: 500 ml and 120 ml. One 500 ml can covers approximately the same surface area as 2-3 quarts of Jolie Paint. Actual coverage will vary depending on the thickness of the application. Make sure to save a small amount of Finishing Wax for occasional touch ups. Recommended amounts for colored Finishing Waxes vary based on technique and desired level of color embellishment over Jolie Paint.

HOW DO I APPLY JOLIE FINISHING WAX?

Before applying Jolie Finishing Wax, ensure that your paint is completely dry and no longer feels cool to the touch. It’s best to apply Finishing Wax in an ambient working temperature of 55-85° F (13-29° C).

In most cases and particularly over lighter paint colors, you should first apply a coat of Clear Finishing Wax to your surface to seal the paint. This will give you more control if you choose to apply a more heavily-pigmented colored Finishing Wax, such as Brown or Black, which could otherwise stain the paint. Because White Finishing Wax does not contain as much pigment, it can be applied directly to the paint in the same manner as Clear Finishing Wax to slightly soften the color. White Finishing Wax will gather in any texture or crevices and bring out the grain.

Use a Jolie Wax Brush to apply Clear Finishing Wax in workable areas of approximately 2-3 square feet at a time or on a section such as a drawer front, side panel, etc. Use a gentle sweeping motion to work the Clear Finishing Wax into the paint. Work in every direction, just as you did with your paint brushstrokes. You will notice that the wax will slightly darken the underlying color and make it richer.

Use a clean, absorbent, lint-free cloth to remove the excess wax. Use gentle pressure and be sure to keep turning the cloth to a clean spot so that it can continue to remove the excess wax rather than simply move it around on your surface. Once the cloth becomes saturated with wax, you will need to replace it with a fresh cloth. Do not press too hard or “scrub” the surface with the cloth; instead, allow the paint to absorb the amount of wax that it needs and gently remove the excess.

Move on to an adjacent area and continue to apply the Clear Finishing Wax in the same manner.

After waxing and wiping individual sections, go back to any large areas and apply another thin coat of Finishing Wax from end to end and wipe it back in the same manner to prevent any stop and start marks. On surfaces that may need added protection, such as table tops or cabinets, wait at least 8 hours before applying a second thin coat of Clear Finishing Wax.

For more information on using Jolie Finishing Waxes, download The Everyday Guide or watch a video tutorial on Applying Jolie Finishing Wax.

HOW DO I USE THE COLORED FINISHING WAXES?

Jolie Finishing Wax not only protects your painted surfaces or raw woods, but is also available in a variety of colors to assist in creating character and depth in your finish. For full instructions on how to use Colored Finishing Wax, download the Jolie Embellishment Guide or watch our video tutorial on How to Embellish with Jolie Waxes.

CAN I USE JOLIE FINISHING WAX OUTSIDE?

No, Jolie Finishing Wax is for INTERIOR USE ONLY. If you are using Jolie Paint for an exterior application, do not seal your surface; you want to let moisture pass through the paint to allow it to weather naturally. After painting and before exposing your piece to the outdoor elements, allow the paint to dry overnight, then wipe down the surface with a damp cloth to slightly polish the finish.

CAN I USE THE FINISHING WAX OVER UNPAINTED SURFACES, SUCH AS UNFINISHED OR STAINED WOOD?

Yes, Jolie Finishing Wax can be applied to unpainted wood surfaces.

CAN I USE JOLIE FINISHING WAX OVER OTHER PAINTS (I.E. LATEX, OIL-BASED)?

Yes, Jolie Finishing Waxes can be applied over other paint products. We always recommend doing a test spot before beginning your project.

CAN I APPLY PAINT OVER JOLIE FINISHING WAX?

Jolie Paint can be applied directly over Jolie Finishing Wax; however, other paints and topcoats will not adhere to Jolie Finishing Wax. Use mineral spirits to remove the wax or paint over it with another coat of Jolie Paint if you want to apply another product.

CAN I APPLY OTHER TOPCOAT PRODUCTS OVER JOLIE FINISHING WAX? 

Once you have applied Jolie Finishing Wax to a surface, it cannot be top coated with any product other than Jolie Paint. Use mineral spirits to remove the wax or paint over it with another coat of Jolie Paint if you want to apply another product.

WILL JOLIE FINISHING WAX ADD SHINE TO MY FINISH?

Jolie Finishing Wax naturally has a matte finish, but it can be buffed with a lint-free cloth to bring out some shine 30 minutes to two hours after application. The wax should be completely dry and no longer feel cool to the touch before buffing. A cloth with a bit of “tooth”, a horsehair buffing brush, or even a bit of very fine grit sandpaper will bring out even more shine. Buffing too soon will result in an uneven shine.

I'M USING JOLIE PAINT ON MY WALLS. CAN I SEAL THEM WITH JOLIE FINISHING WAX?

Yes, Jolie Finishing Wax can be used on walls. However, keep in mind that if you wax your walls with Finishing Wax, you will not be able to repaint with any product other than Jolie Paint.

HOW LONG DOES JOLIE FINISHING WAX TAKE TO DRY?

Jolie Finishing Wax dries quickly in 1-2 hours, and fully cures in approximately two weeks. Warmer and dryer conditions will shorten the curing time, while colder and more humid conditions may extend it. Be gentle with your pieces during that time.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY WAXED FINISH?

When caring for waxed pieces, dust with a soft cloth and clean if needed with a bit of gentle soap on a damp rag. Rinse well. Don’t use degreasing soaps or furniture polish on a waxed finish. To refresh a “tired” finish that can no longer be buffed to a shine, apply a quick coat of Clear Finishing Wax.

Once you have applied Jolie Finishing Wax to a surface, it cannot be top coated with any product other than Jolie Paint. Use mineral spirits to remove the wax or paint over it with another coat of Jolie Paint if you want to apply another product.

CAN I REPAIR OR TOUCH-UP MY WAXED FINISH?

To give your piece a quick refresh and improve its sheen, you may add an additional light coat of Finishing Wax at any point. If your finish becomes scratched, stained, or blemished, as can happen to any protective coating, utilize the remedying properties of Clear Finishing Wax by working it into the affected area and wiping away the excess. Be sure to allow the ample time for drying and curing.

Jolie Floor Varnish:

WHEN SHOULD I USE JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH?

Jolie Floor Varnish is a durable, water-based, clear coat that creates a hard-wearing finish with a satin sheen for added strength. Use it on surfaces that have been painted with Jolie Paint or on raw wood that will see a lot of wear, such as floors and stairs. NOTE: if you use Jolie Floor Varnish, you should NOT apply Finishing Wax before or after use. Floor Varnish is easy to use and dries quickly. It is not suited for exterior use or in areas with high water use such as bathrooms.

HOW MUCH JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH DO I NEED FOR MY PROJECT?

Jolie Floor Varnish is sold by the quart. One quart will cover approximately 100-125 square feet (9.3-11.5 square meters).

HOW DO I APPLY JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH?

Jolie Floor Varnish contains some flattening agents which may accumulate on the bottom of the can. Turning the can upside down for a few hours before opening will help to redistribute them. Do not shake the can as it can cause bubbles to form in your finish. Use a stir stick to thoroughly stir the varnish, taking special care to pull up any of the solids from the bottom of the can. If more than one quart is required for your project, stir all the cans individually, and then “batch” them together in one container to ensure an even sheen. Continue to stir the Floor Varnish occasionally as you use it.

If you are planning to paint a wooden floor, particularly oak, pine, or other open-grained woods, we strongly recommend that you test several areas in various locations with Jolie Paint and Jolie Floor Varnish before getting started.

Jolie Floor Varnish is a strong, penetrating varnish that drills down through the paint for the most durability. As it dries, Floor Varnish has been known to pull tannins through the paint, resulting in unsightly stains on the newly painted floor. Should this occur, the only recourse is to seal and repaint the floor. Starting with a few sample patches of Jolie Paint and Floor Varnish can save you a lot of time and money! If you see any evidence of tannin bleed-through in the patches, seal the entire floor with two thin coats of shellac prior to applying any paint. To be on the safe side and for peace of mind, it might be easiest to apply shellac to any wood floor prior to painting, particularly if you are wanting a flawless finish.

Jolie Floor Varnish is best applied in ambient temperatures (55-85° F/13-29° C) and in conditions with low humidity. Thin the first coat with about 10-20% water and apply it to the floor with a high quality, shed-resistant, medium nap roller (3/8”-1/2”). Use a Jolie Flat Brush to cut in along the edges. Load the roller and apply the varnish to the floor with confident strokes. Do not push too hard or continue to roll back over the varnish as this can create an uneven finish. Let this coat dry for 8 hours.

Roll the second coat at full strength (no water added) in the opposite direction of the first coat to produce an even sheen and minimize roller marks. Allow the final coat to dry overnight before walking on it. Clean brushes and rollers immediately with hot, soapy water.

Jolie Floor Varnish will take approximately 30 days to harden and cure. Be gentle with your finish during this time. Clean the surface with a biodegradable cleaner and avoid harsh chemicals.

TIP: It is much better to apply two thin coats of Floor Varnish than one thick one. The flattening agents in the Floor Varnish can produce a cloudy finish if it is applied too thickly (most noticeable over darker colors).

For more information on Jolie Floor Varnish and painting floors, download The Everyday Guide.

CAN I APPLY JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH TO TILE FLOORS?

Proceed with caution as success will depend on the type of tile and how the room is used. High traffic areas and areas that are likely to see a lot of water, such as bathrooms and kitchens, will not be good candidates for Jolie Paint and Floor Varnish. The paint is more likely to stick to an unsealed matte tile than a sealed tile, and probably will not hold up very well on a shiny tile.

CAN I USE JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH OUTSIDE?

No, Jolie Floor Varnish is intended for interior use only.

Jolie Embellishment Products:

HOW DO I USE JOLIE GILDING WAXES?

Jolie Gilding Wax is an easy way to give metallic highlights to carvings, appliqués, or hardware. Consider using it to add some reflection to your matte, painted finish, especially on surfaces that were originally metal. Jolie Gilding Waxes can be applied with a brush or a fingertip to add metallic shine to details. Apply Clear Finishing Wax to your surface first for the most control.

For complete instructions on how to use Gilding Wax, download the Jolie Embellishment Guide or watch our video tutorial on How to Embellish with Jolie Waxes.

HOW DO I USE JOLIE GOLD SIZE AND METAL LEAF?

Apply a thin, even coat of Gold Size with an artist brush to the areas to be covered with Jolie Metal Leaf. The size will go on white and dry clear. It should be ready to accept the metal leaf after 10-20 minutes of dry time and will remain tacky indefinitely. On a porous surface, apply a second coat of size after about 15 minutes. Wash your brush in hot soapy water as soon as possible. If you are gilding over a piece painted with Jolie Paint, make sure to apply your Gold Size and Metal Leaf before the Jolie Finishing Wax as the Gold Size will not stick to already waxed surfaces.

Jolie Metal Leaf comes in three colors: Gold, silver and copper. Gently apply the Jolie Metal Leaf over the sized areas, using a soft, dry brush to push the leaf onto the surface. Continue until all the areas where you applied Gold Size have been covered with Metal Leaf.

Use a soft brush to remove any loose, excess leaf, being careful not to scratch the surface of the leaf. Use a soft cloth to help remove any last little pieces.

Apply Clear Finishing Wax to seal and protect the Metal Leaf. If you are using a water-based topcoat instead of Finishing Wax, apply a coat of shellac before your topcoat.

Gold Size and Metal Leaf are intended for interior use only.

For complete instructions on how to use Gold Size and Metal Leaf, download the Jolie Embellishment Guide or watch our video tutorial on How to Apply Jolie Gold Size and Metal Leaf to Furniture.

Jolie Brushes:

WHERE ARE JOLIE BRUSHES MADE?

Jolie Brushes are created by one of the world’s premier brush manufacturers and imported from Italy (with the exception of the Chip Brush, which is imported from Indonesia).

WHAT ARE JOLIE BRUSHES MADE OF?

Jolie Brushes are handcrafted with high-quality materials so that they will perform project after project.

Jolie Brushes use a mix of synthetic and natural bristles and are designed with comfortable, ergonomic handles with holes for easy hanging after washing. Stainless Steel (INOX) ferrules prevent rust.

HOW SHOULD I CARE FOR MY BRUSHES?

Clean brushes with warm water and a grease-cutting detergent and hang or prop to dry with the bristles pointing downward. With proper care, these brushes should last for years.

Troubleshooting:

JOLIE PAINT

PAINT SEPARATING ON SURFACE

At times, Jolie Paint may have trouble adhering to a surface, and will immediately separate into a web-like pattern when applied. This can happen when painting non-porous, paint-resistant surfaces, or surfaces that have been cleaned with furniture polishes containing silicone. NOTE: This will also happen when applying paint to Thermofoil or some engineered wood. We do not recommend painting thermofoil, as this surface will not accept paint long-term.

THE SOLUTION: Clean the surface, sand it with fine (180-220 grit) sandpaper, and wipe away the dust. Apply one thin coat of Jolie Paint and allow it to dry for 48 hours. The curing process will begin during this time, making it easier for the next coat of paint to adhere to the surface. You can then apply the second coat of paint and proceed normally with your project.

STAINS AFTER PAINTING

Stains can show up as the paint dries as orange or pinkish spots. This is usually caused by tannins that are bleeding out of an open-grained wood into the fresh paint. Oak and mahogany are the most likely offenders. Stains can also be caused by oils bleeding out of wood filler or previous oily spills.

THE SOLUTION: Wipe on one or two thin coats of shellac, a non-toxic sealer found in most hardware and paint stores. The easiest way to apply shellac is to dip a cloth into the can of shellac and wipe it across the stained areas. Be sure to wear gloves! Because shellac has a relatively short shelf life and is ruined if it is exposed to warm temperatures, using a fresh can will be the most effective. After the shellac dries (in a matter of minutes), you can then repaint the area with Jolie Paint. If you use a brush to apply shellac, clean it with either denatured alcohol or ammonia.

TIP: Do not sand mahogany furniture prior to painting. This will remove the existing topcoat which can encourage bleed through.

CRACKS IN FINISH

Cracking can occur for a number of different reasons: if the paint was applied too thickly and caused uneven surface expansion or contraction, if you paint a second coat or expose the surface to moisture before the first coat is completely dry, if the surface is exposed to a heat source such as strong sunshine or warm air from a hair dryer or heat vent (seen most often on lighter colors), if harsh cleaners, such as trisodium phosphate, were used and not rinsed appropriately, if the surface was previously cleaned with a spray furniture polish containing silicone, or if the surface was sealed with shellac that was applied too thickly or was past its shelf life.

THE SOLUTION: Lightly sand the affected areas with medium grit sandpaper and apply a coat or two of fresh shellac. Re-apply Jolie Paint.

SMELLY OR MOLDY PAINT

Smelly or moldy paint is usually caused by contaminants found in water. Never add water directly to a can of paint. Even a brush that’s wet with water can contaminate a can of paint.

THE SOLUTION: It’s best to decant the paint into another container to use while painting.

RUSTY CANS

Hammering a lid onto the can too hard can damage the epoxy liner inside the can and expose the metal, which then rusts.

THE SOLUTION: Be diligent about cleaning out the rim of the paint can and use a rubber mallet to gently replace the lid.

DRIED OUT PAINT

Failing to create an airtight seal on the paint after use can lead to dried out paint.

THE SOLUTION: Covering up the top of the can with cling wrap is an easy way to create an airtight seal, particularly when the seal has been compromised by dried paint in the rim of the can.

PAINT WITH COTTAGE CHEESE CONSISTENCY

This is usually caused by the paint freezing and thawing.

THE SOLUTION: Always store the paint in a temperature controlled environment.

JOLIE FINISHING WAX

DRIED OUT FINISHING WAX

Dried out Finishing Wax can be the result of not securing the lid tightly onto the can.

THE SOLUTION: A few drops of mineral spirits can rejuvenate the wax and restore the creamy consistency.

SPLOTCHY CLEAR FINISHING WAX

When Clear Finishing Wax is not applied evenly, it may appear splotchy on your surface.

THE SOLUTION: Try applying another coat of Clear Finishing Wax to even it out.

FINGERPRINTS

If you see fingerprints in the waxed surface, it signals that the wax was handled while it was still wet or there is too much wax on the surface.

THE SOLUTION: Buff the surface with a textured cloth or some steel wool to remove the excess.

COLOR ON THE WAX BRUSH OR CLOTH

It is not unusual to see some color on the Wax Brush or wiping cloth when waxing over highly pigmented colors, particularly when the paint is fresh.

THE SOLUTION: This will become less apparent as the paint cures and hardens. Be sure to allow for adequate cure time when using these types of highly pigmented colors, especially on chair seats, to ensure that the color doesn’t transfer onto clothing.

JOLIE FLOOR VARNISH

THICK CLUMPS ON THE BOTTOM OF THE CAN

Flattening agents, which keep the Floor Varnish from being too shiny, can create thick clumps on the bottom of the can.

THE SOLUTION: Turn over your cans of Floor Varnish periodically to keep the flattening agents from settling on the bottom.

UNEVEN SHEEN

An uneven sheen can be caused by using more than one can of Floor Varnish for a single project or by pressing too hard on the roller and back rolling into fresh varnish.

THE SOLUTION: Batch the cans of Floor Varnish and continue to stir the batched varnish throughout the application process. Use a larger roller and use confident strokes. The shinier areas may be minimized by lightly sanding with a fine grit sandpaper.

TANNINS AND STAIN

When the Floor Varnish dries, tannins and stain can be pulled out of wood and through the paint.

THE SOLUTION: Always do test spots with Jolie Paint and Floor Varnish before proceeding with a project. There is no fix other than repainting.