FUSION™ MINERAL PAINT FAQ
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What is so great about Fusion™ Mineral Paint?
Fusion™ has taken us (Homestead House Paint Co.) over 25 years to develop, test and refine, and our hard work has truly paid off.
Fusion™’s results are nothing less than spectacular, providing furniture painters and decorative artists a best-in-class paint that features; an environmentally conscious formulation, virtually zero VOCs, superior durability, easy one-step self-leveling application and significantly improved adhesion and strength.
Delivering an exceptional matte finish, this 100% acrylic paint requires minimal prep and no top coat!
Is Fusion™ the same as a Chalk-like Paint?
The “mineral” in Fusion™ MINERAL PAINT refers to the pigments used which are harvested from the earth.
Using natural rather than synthetic pigments allows for greater depth in colour and better durability to UV light and time. Once cured, a surface painted with Fusion™ is both water and stain proof. No primer or top coat required, making it more of a one-step kind of paint.
Blogger Melanie of Lost & Found gives us an excellent breakdown about the differences between FUSION MINERAL PAINT™ and chalk-like paints here.
What is 100% Acrylic Paint?
Our Fusion™ is made up of 100% Acrylic resin and nothing less! This results in one consistent and cohesive surface across your piece.
So what exactly does that mean? With Fusion™ you will have a perfectly sound surface that is not porous, meaning that you do not have to apply a top coat unless you want a special effect.
Other paints on the market such as latex, or anything less than 100% acrylic are using low quality and highly toxic vinyl and latex as they are inexpensive filers. Our products are made up of only the highest quality materials resulting in a virtually zero VOC highly quality paint.
Not only are they low VOC, they are also free from many other chemicals currently in other lines of paints such as ammonia and formaldehyde.
Fusion™ contains none of these.
How long does it take to dry?
Drying and curing are two different things.
Dry time usually refers to the touch or tackiness. Fusion™ should dry to the touch within an hour or two. High heat temperatures and high humidity play a factor making it sometimes slightly longer to dry.
Cure time is approximately 21 days, once again depending on the weather, similar to all waterbased paints on the market. What does this mean? You can still use your piece gently, however the paint will be at it’s strongest to resist any marks the longer it has to cure.
Once the Fusion™ line has cured, the durability is unrivaled.
Our Fusion™ line is water resistant.
What can I use Fusion™ on?
The question is what can’t you use Fusion™ Mineral Paint on?
The options are endless, keep in mind the surface prep that may be necessary depending on the condition of your particular project.
Can I use Fusion™ Outside?
Yes you can! Our premium formulation allows for the use outside, on metal doors, on Adirondack Chairs, you name it!
Monique of Front Porch Mercantile painted her Adirondack chairs with Fusion™. They stand up to sun shine, rain, and sea spray. From left to right: Prairie Sunset, Fort York Red, Ceramic, Liberty Blue
Can I use Fusion™ on Metal or Glass?
Yes you can! Add our Ultra Grip™ first for the best results.
These metal flower pots got a Fusion™ makeover
Can I use Fusion™ on my Kitchen Cabinets or Bathroom Vanity?
Yes absolutely! Fusion™ Mineral Paint is the best paint for your cabinets with it’s built in top coat, it is so easy to paint!
How should I prep my piece?
No Prep? No problem—not always true!
A paint will only perform as well as the surface that it’s going on allows. No matter what product you use, if you apply your paint to an unstable surface, the paint will flake, peel, and eventually fail on you.
Many surfaces have been previously finished with lacquers or high gloss preparations that were chemically constructed to resist anything adhering to it. So, a little prep goes a long way.
If your surface is glossy, take 5 minutes and lightly sand it down to remove some of that gloss, allow the paint some tooth to really soak in and bind with the surface. Our Ultra Grip™ makes it possible to paint over laminate, Ikea cabinets, you name it! You can now use our Fusion™ line on virtually any surface with excellent results!
How to Prep?
We’re not saying take out your power sander and book half the day off to sand your entire piece down, no, simply take a 220 grit, and give your piece a gentle rub and de-gloss your surface.
How much paint do I need for my projects?
Fusion™ has an excellent coverage, which allows us to offer Fusion™ in Pints and tester sizes. A Pint covers approximately 75 sq ft (7m²).
Most projects only require a Pint, however having to buy a Quart leaves you with wasted paint and money.
We are offering excellent quality and coverage, in sizes you will use, resulting in less environmental waste.
Can you really paint any surface with Fusion™ Mineral Paint?
Yes, our Ultra Grip™ allows for Fusion™ to adhere to surfaces that are typically not for painting such as a lacquered surface, metal or glass.
You can now use our Fusion™ line on virtually any surface (Ikea cabinets, laminate, you name it!) with excellent results!
Can I distress or get a layered look?
Yes you can get a distressed or layered look!
Because of Fusion™’s supreme adhesion, distressing can be tough once the paint is cured. If you would like to do some distressing, we recommend doing it soon after the paint dries or by using our wax block resist.
Press the wax block along the edges where you would like to see the distressed effect between layers of paint. Anything that is applied on top of the waxed areas will resist the paint. You will notice this resist once you are giving your piece a light sanding at the end of your application of all layers of paint. So many times when distressing it is easy to sand right through all the layers- this prevents this from happening!
The paint underneath the wax will remain in place, and any paint applied on top of the wax will come off effortlessly, allowing for the perfect distressed look.
Do I have to finish my piece with wax?
No, you don’t have to finish your piece, because Fusion™ was formulated with a built in top coat.
Once Fusion™ has cured, it yields a highly durable and a washable finish, with no need for a top coat. If you choose, you can of course achieve a beautiful lustre by adding a wax on top.
We have a whole array of beautiful decorative and faux finishing products to choose from, to give your piece that little extra.
When do I use Fusion™ Tough Coat™?
Fusion™ Tough Coat™ was developed for those high traffic surfaces such as table tops, seating, and kitchen cabinets.
Tough Coat™ is non-yellowing and provides extra durability against general wear and tear, water damage and food stains.
What’s the shelf life of Fusion™ Mineral Paint?
Our packaging is made out of the highest grade PET, which means that the paint inside will not dry out or go bad.
The screw top lids offer a highly secure closure, and do not allow for air pockets to enter. Some of our products come in squeeze bottles for easy application and the products inside the containers stay uncontaminated.
The shelf life is up to 7 years when the lid is closed properly, the paint will remain in perfect condition, will not separate or go crusty and hard.
This is due to a combination of very high quality ingredients, and excellent packaging perfect for keeping paints and finishes in excellent condition.
Our PET containers are hand made in North America, and contain 30% recycled material.
*Fun Fact – Did you know that all containers are hand filled and hand labelled? We employ people not machines!
Can you use Fusion™ for exterior surfaces?
Yes! Fusion™ is a high quality 100% Acrylic resin and can withstand the elements on the sun, rain, snow, you name it!
Please pay close attention to proper prep as your substrate will be very important to the adhesion, durability and longevity of Fusion™.
Use Fusion™ to give your front door a fresh pop of colour.
Photo courtesy of Lori from Pure boutique.
Is it UV-resistant?
Can I use Fusion™ for interior areas with increased humidity?
Because Fusion™ creates a consistent barrier with the highest quality resins, water and humidity will not have an adverse effect on the paint.
Ideal for bathroom vanity makeovers.
Where can I buy Fusion™ Mineral Paint?