Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Clark+Kensington Paint by Ace Hardware - A Review
Ace Hardware is having their Clark+Kensington paint on sale for 20% off this weekend. Since I've been painting up a storm with it over the summer, I thought I'd share my thoughts on it.
Please note that I have no relationship with Ace Hardware, and they have never asked me to review any of their products. However, hint, hint Ace Hardware, if you ever need someone who would get a kick out of testing your products.......I'm your girl!
I painted a plastic convex mirror with this paint.
The only prep I did was to clean it first.
This is the before.
Since last April, Ace has offered quarts of their Clark + Kensington Paint + Primer In One for free several times. This is almost better than a birthday present to me, and I have not been able to resist taking them up on their offers. One nice thing has been how much the paint folks at Ace have told me about this paint while they mixed my color. According to them, significant research has gone into this paint, and they are sold that it is truly the best stuff out there. Not only does the paint already have primer in it, but it also has ceramic mixed in for durability.
A close-up of the finished mirror.
After painting a variety of objects with it (no walls, yet), here are my thoughts:
1. This paint goes on very nicely, but it dries quickly on your brush or roller. A little Floetrol helps with that, plus the Floetrol gives a smoother finish with less brush strokes, especially when painting furniture. I don't always use Floetrol, but I find it helpful when covering larger areas.
2. When painting something with much detail, I've found a stiff brush works best.
3. This paint seems to be extremely durable after it has cured for a few days. I have painted smooth metal, metallic wood frames, and even plastic with this paint. When I did a scratch test after 1 day, I could scratch some paint off. When I tested after 2 weeks, I could not. Both tests were performed on painted pieces that did not have a protective finish added. In my next post, I will show you a metal cake stand that I painted with this paint. I thought for sure when I did a scratch test on it the paint would come off, but it didn't. Awesome!
This frame was painted with Light Navaho White in flat.
It does not have any wax or protective finish on it.
4. The flat finish is gorgeous! I don't know how to describe it except rich and luxurious. It is really, really pretty. I have only tried the flat, since that is what the free samples were offered in.
To antique the paint, I used this wax mixed 1/2 and 1/2 with brown shoe polish.
5. The paint takes wax quite well and, therefore, is great for antiquing or distressing.
6. Ace sells this paint in a multitude of colors, but they can also color match to meet your needs.
7. At about $29 (before the 20% discount) a gallon, the price is competitive with the higher end paints just about anywhere.
8. It has almost no odor, is water based, and cleans up pretty easily.
After - much better
That's about all I can think of right now. If you have questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer.
My only reason for promoting this paint is I am just so impressed with it. I like the results and thought you might, too.
If you have tried this paint, I'd love to hear your thoughts.
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