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How is FolkArt® Outdoor™ different from Apple Barrel Gloss™?
FolkArt® Outdoor™ paints are formulated with rich and creamy consistencies in true artists palettes that deliver high hide with UV protection and weather resistance that makes this paint the perfect paint for outdoor use. It is self-sealing, no primers, sealers or varnishes are required. FolkArt® Outdoor paints can be applied on a variety of surfaces such as metal, terra cotta, wood, concrete, galvanized tin and more. It dries to a satin finish and is waterbased so clean up is easy with mild soap and water.
Apple Barrel Gloss paints offer a bright and clean color palette. They too are formulated to be weather resistant, can be used outdoors, and work well on the same types of surfaces. However, Apple Barrel Gloss paints dry with strong colors and a high gloss finish.
What brushes are important to One Stroke® Painting?
Two of the most used Brush Types are Flat Brushes and Scruffy Brushes. These brushes, when combined with the paint, instructions and worksheets, make painting fun and easy!

• One Stroke Flat Brushes have longer bristles and less thickness than other flat brushes, so they have a much sharper chisel edge. A sharp chisel edge is essential as strokes start and end on the chisel edge. Flat brushes are used for painting roses, flowers, leaves, and ribbons.

For the beginning painter, it’s easier to work with larger brushes, for example a ¾” or #12 Flat, than smaller brushes. Dampen the brush in water and pat dry.

Technique Tip: Double Loading is an easy way to mix two colors of paint together on a palette to create a variety of color within a single brush stroke.

1. Dip a corner of the brush into each of two colors, allowing the paint to meet in the middle of the bristles.
2. On the palette, stroke the brush back and forth, spreading the paint out and also pulling more paint into the brush.
3. Re-dip each corner with the same color paint, and get ready to paint!

To clean Flat Brushes, rake the bristles gently across the bottom of the Brush Caddy, or wash with warm soapy water. Pat dry.

• One Stroke Scruffy Brushes are a lot of fun to use. Remove the brush from the package and gently pull the bristles into an oval shape. Then, twist the bristles gently in the palm of your hand, while maintaining the oval shape.

Technique Tip: This brush is not used with water. To clean after painting is finished, gently pounce the bristles in the Brush Caddy - don’t rake them, as the bristles can break. Allow brush to dry completely before using again.

Loading the Scruffy Brush: follow the same instructions as double loading the flat brush, but, instead of stroking the brush back and forth, pounce the Scruffy Brush up and down to spread out and pull in more paint – and push hard!

When painting your project, be careful not to pounce too hard, so that colors remain separate – not muddy.
What kinds of paint should I use on a clay pot?
For outdoor use, use FolkArt® Outdoor™ colors. For indoor use, and of our all purpose craft paints, like FolkArt® or Apple Barrel® will work great.
How long does it take FolkArt® Outdoor™ brush-on paint to cure?
48 hours.
How long does it take FolkArt® Outdoor™ dimensional paint to cure?
72 hours.
Does FolkArt® Outdoor™ really work?
Absolutely. FolkArt® Outdoor™ is formulated as a permanent outdoor paint. It is both UV and weather resistant. Self-sealing when properly cured, (48 hours for brush-on, 72 hours for dimensional) it is scuff and scratch resistant under normal handling conditions. FolkArt® Outdoor™ dries to a satin sheen.
What are the ideal surfaces for FolkArt® Outdoor™ paints?
Uncoated and Enameled Metal, Galvanized Tin, Wood, Rusted Metal, Terra Cotta, concrete and bricks.
Can FolkArt® Outdoor™ paints be used on wicker?
Yes, for decorative purposes or spot designs on functional pieces, such as a chair.
Is a sealer or varnish needed with FolkArt® Outdoor™ paint?
No, unless used on a water saturated surface, such as a bird bath. The FolkArt® lacquers are ideal for outdoor use and are compatible with FolkArt® Outdoor™ paint.
Can I basecoat with FolkArt® Outdoor™ paint?
Yes.
If you are basecoating concrete, for example for a bird bath or statue, a lime neutralizer is needed. Household vinegar works fine. Coat the concrete with vinegar, let it dry, wash it off, dry thoroughly, then it's ready to paint.
It is not ideal to basecoat a large concrete area to walk on (ie: a patio).
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