UTC is not paint, but an additive used to tint all types of
paint. In fact, it’s used in the machine at the paint store to
color paint. UTC comes in small tubes or pint sizes; buy the
smallest tube, as it is a very powerful color agent. In
addition to tinting paint, it also tints varnishes. UTCs never
dry on their own, so wipe up spills quickly or the UTC will
spread over everything. UTCs are transparent until added to
After applying a coat of oil-based or water- based paint, but
before it sets up, use an off-loaded brush to gently brush in
a cross hatch pattern over the top of the paint. This softly
blends paint and knocks down paintbrush ridges.
This technique spreads the paint over the surface quickly with
total coverage. Apply the paint in a crisscross fashion,
arcing in and around and ending with an upstroke off the
surface. Use either a straight or angled-edge paintbrush.
Apply glaze or paint using the French brush technique and
while it’s wet, tap perpen-diculady on the surface with a 2”
(5.1 cm) oval sash paintbrush using moderate pres sure. This
technique gives you a very tight “dotted” surface. The end
result should look even, but a slight variation here and there
is okay. This is a good way to blend two colors together.
To fold a glaze means to soften the texture and to reduce
contrast and pattern, usually by lightly patting the surface
with a pad of 90-weight cheesecloth.
The example shown below is the appropriate shape of a
90-weight cheesecloth pad. The side that touches the paint
surface is fairly smooth, without wrinkles or little tails.
To keep a wet edge means that the outside section of the
applied paint is not allowed to dry. Thus, when applying more
paint, you may work wet paint into wet paint, which will
create a smoother paint surface.
It is always a more beautiful paint job if you take a minute
to caulk along moldings and trim after priming and before
applying the finish coat of paint. Run a bead of paintable
caulk, dip your finger in some water, and smooth the caulk out
with your wet finger.
Traditionally, natural woodwork
is not caulked; only caulk a painted surface to a painted
Always pull the tape away from the freshly painted surface at
a 45° angle. If the fresh paint is wet, this will ensure that
you do not pull the tape across the fresh paint; if the fresh
paint is dry, this will put less “stress” on the paint.