Furniture Painting & Craft Tutorial. – Unique Options

Common Questions About Unique Options Furniture & Decor Paint

Q: Do I need to strip a project before painting it?

A: Preparation is a very important part of getting a quality, long lasting finish for your project.

Flaking paint or Laquer should be removed along with Dirt & Dust. Lacquer in good order need not be removed.

Splintered wood should be sanded smooth and damaged areas should be filled with quality filler and sanded smooth.

Hardware, Doors, Drawers should be removed and painted separately, re-attached after project is finished


Furniture Prepared For Painting

A: How Do I Apply Unique Options Furniture Paint?

Q: Unique Options Furniture Paint is a high quality, easy to apply formula.

No need to sand between coats.

Apply first coat in long even THIN strokes & the second coat in the same manner. 

After the First Coat, you might think the paint seems "Transparent" or "see through"


The first coat acts as a primer / base coat  the second coat will cover and provide full colour.

A light sand all over with 240grit sandpaper will provide a smooth finish (feels like China).

To Distress, apply firmer pressure with sandpaper on edges, corners or where a distressed look is desired.

Paint can be applied with a Soft Brush, Foam Roller or a Microfibre Roller.

Blue French Style Dresser

Q: How Do I Seal My Project?

A: Unique Options has a UV, heat resistant Sealer, in Satin or Gloss. Both are water based.

Oil Based Sealer can be used over UO Paint but as Oil Based products tend to yellow, it is best used over Stain wood or Darker Unique Options Colours.

Sealing with a sealer rather than a wax provides a durable, protective finish that can be used anywhere in the home, such as Kitchens, Laundries and outdoor spaces, where Wax does not provide the durability for these areas and is not easy care.

Products finished with UO Sealer can be cleaned using any furniture cleaning methods.

Apply with a Soft Brush. Two or Three coats, No sanding between coats are after finish, unless dust ect has contaminated the sealer. If this happens lightly sand to smooth & Re-coat.

Q: Can I use Coloured Wax over Sealer to Antique or bring out detail?

A: Yes, You could, BUT...

Coloured waxes are not durable, making cleaning difficult and limiting where the piece can go, i.e.: not in bathrooms, laundries, Kitchens or outside.

Unique Options Glazes are made to provide an Authentic look of age, is durable in it's own right, can be sealed over the top and cleaned in any cleaning manner.

Glazes come in Antique, White & Black.

Applied with a soft brush, wipe excess with a damp cloth, ages your piece instantly, no rubbing or buffing.

Antique Glaze Used Below.

Glazed Garden Pots

Q: What Is Transfer Fluid?

A: Transfer fluid is a fluid that transfers images printed or photocopied from a laser printer. 

Made from Australian oils, it's not toxic. Transfers can be black, sepia or any colour.

While some Transfer Image can be achieved using Acetone & Similar products, the results are very poor. Acetone will discolour paint in a short period of time, as will the cleaning products sometimes used.

Transfer Fluid provides a clear, defined image that can be sanded to achieve an older worn look. 

Unfortunately our Transfer Fluid breaks down paint that contains, chalk, powder or similar products. A test patch is necessary  when using on other paints.

Transfer Images

Q: What Is Unique Options Quick Weather?

A: While there are lots of crackling mediums out there that are very good, Unique Options Quick Weather has been designed for UO Paint. We are all about thin, smooth & Durable!

Quick Weather is a thin formula, brushed on thin, fast drying & a top coat of UO Paint in any colour will crack immediately.

crackle paint

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced painter, we think you will be delighted with our Australian made and Tested Products!

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  • Hi. I have used the transfer liquid on regular latex paint. Without success I know it doesn’t work on chalk paint so what type of pain is needed for the transfer liquid to work?

    Thank you

    Marylou cantrella on
  • But what is the location of these classes?

    Barbara Cullen on

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