FAQ

Below is the answers to the most asked questions regarding our products.

  • What is the difference between Silk Finish & Chalk Finish?

    Our Chalk Finish is a smooth creamy chalk & clay based paint, perfect for creating blended, texture and distressed looks. Like traditional chalk paints, it dries to a soft matte finish and needs sealing with either our Beeswax Polish, Hemp Oil or one of our Clear Sealers. 
    Our Silk Finish is a beautiful silky mineral paint that dries to a eggshell shine (between matte and satin) it does not need sealing and gives a gorgeous easy clean surface. Silk Finish is perfect if you love clean, modern and elegant looks. Chalk Finish is recommended if you love shabby chic, farmhouse and multi colour blended looks. 
  • Do you need to prime?

    Our Chalk Finish does not need priming unless you believe there may be tannin bleed through, we do recommend giving your project a scuff sand to remove any sheen. Chalk Finish Method - scuff sand/paint/seal.
    Our Silk Finish is best used with a primer, we recommend using our Base & Blocker as a base coat. Silk Finish Method - scuff sand/prime/paint.

  • Which primer should I use when?

    Pureco has a primer called Base & Blocker, it comes in two colours - White & Grey.
    We recommend using our primer underneath our Silk Finish.

    White Base & Blocker is best used under Whites and Pastels - Snow, Porcelain, Cotton, Cloud, Seashell, Calico, Fossil, Macadamia, Gumnut, Sugarcane, Pistachio, Meadow, Blush, Chiffon, Buttercup, Summer, Surf, Morning, Protea, Jacaranda, Mist & our Neons.

    Grey Base & Blocker is best used under Brights & Darks - Fawn, Mrytle, Colonial, Reef, Harbour, Ironbark, Rainforest, Bergamot, Turmeric, Firebird, Rosewood, Mulberry, Dandelion, Peppercorn, Brick, Denim, Petal, Bluebell, Capri, Periwinkle, Alpine, Sunset, Fern, Lagoon, Chino, Carbon, Forest, Peacock, Ochre, Lead, Engine, Eucalypt, Inkwell, Mermaid and Cranberry.

    These are only best recommended uses, you can use either of our Base & Blocker colours underneath or any brand but the above will produce the best results.

  • Do I have to seal?

    Pureco Chalk Finish like any chalk/clay based paint does require sealing. We recommend any of our Sealers and Waxes for use over our Chalk Finish depending on the sheen level and final look you are after.

    Pureco Silk Finish does not require sealing, however if your piece is for outdoor use we recommend our Semi Gloss or Gloss sealers over the top. Also an addition sealer can be applied on top surfacese of your piece if in a high traffic area or high usage.

    Our Beeswax, Liquid wax and Hemp oil are not recommended for use over Silk Finish unless using a wet sanding method to polish the surface. The Silk Finish does not absorb the waxes as the Chalk Finish does.
  • Which Sealers are the toughest?

    Our toughest sealers are our Semi Gloss, Gloss and Hemp Oil. 

    Both our Semi Gloss and Gloss Sealers are exterior grade. Can be used for outdoor furniture and decor. Our Matte, Satin Sealers and Beeswax Polish are for interior use only.

    Beeswax Polish once cured (up to 1 month) is a great option for sealing our Chalk Finish and is surprisingly tough. We do recommend using coasters etc on table tops that are waxed.

    Our Hemp Finishing Oil is a polymizer which means it dries to a tough hardened water proof sealer.

    It will harden and become one with the surface (cure) and reach its strongest finish and bond once it has fully dried, lending its strengthening property to the finish of paint and wood. This can take between 14 to 35 days depending on environmental temperature and humidity. You may still use your piece finished with hemp oil but we suggest you protect it from water and heavy wear and tear until it has cured. Hemp oil is suitable for outdoor use, after it has cured gives water resistance finish.
  • How much paint do I need?

    Below gives you an idea of how far our paints can go. Note - it does vary depending on the colours chosen, type of surface and areas painted.
  • Why do some colours need extra coats?

    Sometimes depending on the colour you may need to apply an extra coat to achieve full opaque coverage. This is due to the paint bases used to achieve an individual colour. There are 3 most common bases White, Light/Deep and Ultra Light/Deep. 

    To achieve most bright colours we need to use an Ultra Light Base or Clear base, which means extra coats are necessary to get full coverage.

    If you think like this - If you had 3 glasses, 1 with milk, 1 with milky water and 1 with water. Drop some red food colouring in each. You are left with the glass with milk will be pale pink, the glass with milky water will be a mid pink and the water will be red.

    So the base makes a big difference in the final colour but also will affect the amount of coats needed. You will find that you get the best coverage with our tinted whites, pastels, neutrals and dark colours, mid range colours and brights are the most affected as they are made on a Light Base and contain no black tint. 

    To make it easier for you to determine which base is used with what colour we have added an * indicator next to the colour name. Colours with * have been made on a light base and may need an extra coat to obtain full coverage, colours with ** are made on a clear base and will need an extra colour or two to obtain full coverage.

    We understand that you may not think it is ideal but we want to offer an awesome range of colours and in all honesty most pieces are not painted in such bright colours and regular painters of bright colours, may already be aware of the coverage difference from experience using them.
  • How do I get a smooth brush stroke free finish?

    Our Silk Finish paint is so silky smooth (hence the name) and has amazing self levelling properties which means you can easily achieve a beautiful smooth finish.
    If you are using our Silk Finish for the first time we suggest dipping your brush in the paint and just wiping off the excess from only 1 side, as coats that are too thin will affect the self levelling properties, this paint needs a little extra to perform its magic levelling properties.

    Our Chalk Finish paint is  a beautiful velvety custard consistency and loves to be used for textured looks but if you prefer chalk paints we have a few tips. You can use a damp brush or use a mister spray to help move the paint more, this will give you a longer working time to softly smooth out any brush strokes. Alternatively you can easily sand your final coat smooth with a 240+ sandpaper.

About Pureco (said Pure Eco)

We are an Australian owned family run company producing high quality eco-friendly paints and finishes specifically for furniture artists. We make every effort to produce safe, sustainable products made for Australian conditions. Our products are low or zero VOC (volatile organic compounds). High VOC cause ozone and smog and contribute to harmful health effects. Our aim is to use the best Australian ingredients to produce affordable, high quality, easy to use products to take your painted furniture business or your most loved out of date pieces to the next level.

We sell wholesale only to small business not huge companies as we believe small business take a more personal approach to service and support of their customers. We love the idea of supplying the actual owners of the business and getting to know them as a part of our team. Eco is not just the contents of our products but our practices every day, everything is either reused, recycled or disposed of thoughtfully.

We want to make as little impact on the earth as possible. We encourage you to reuse your containers as well, our plastic packaging is PET and recyclable, our wax tins are reusable once empty. We reuse all boxes sent to us and use recyclable bubble wrap and fillers. Not only are we Australian made and owned, we strive to, wherever possible use other awesome Australian products or businesses when creating all our products. We use Australian suppliers for all our ingredients, packaging, labelling etc and use small businesses as much as we can. We hope you enjoy using our products as much as we enjoy making them for you.