How to Solve Painting Problems

Do you love Dixie Belle Paint? Are you a painting furniture pro? Well pro or no, we’ve got your back when it comes to big paint problems.

Don’t get too worried though! Big problems don’t mean impossible problems. We’ve got solutions! Check out these important tips and tricks to solve some common painting problems.

The biggest problem with painted furniture is that improper cleaning or application can lead to peeling, scratching and an overall unsatisfactory finished product. Always clean your piece with White Lightning before painting.

White Lightning is super easy to use!

Step One: Dissolve two heaping tablespoons per one gallon of hot water.

Step Two: Use gloves and squeeze access from cloth.

Step Three: Rinse with clean warm water and wipe after.

Step Four: Do not let puddles sit.

Ta-Da! Your piece is now clean of grime, grease and dirt.

It is important to allow your piece to dry before painting (after cleaning) and in between layers of paint or clear coat. Be patient! If you rush the process, you wont be satisfied with the results.

While your piece of furniture is drying, soak in the bathtub with a good book or binge watch a season of your favorite show. Did you plant spring flowers in your garden yet? No? Plant some flowers while your piece dries.

Now you’ve got some pretty flowers in your garden, you’ve finished a good book and watched too much TV. Its time to paint! But oh no, you’ve just applied too much paint to the piece!

This is definitely a common problem when it comes to painting furniture. People often apply too much product which can make the paint dry on the outside before on the inside. That certainly doesn’t sound like it’ll look good.

But no worries, there’s a solution here too. Just remember, a little bit of Dixie Belle Paint goes a long way. Start slow and small.

Finally, it is so important to start with a damp (not wet!) brush before painting. Do not forget because this makes all the difference in the outcome in your painted piece! A dry brush will soak up your product while a damp one will give you a smooth final look. Damp definitely extends your product further!

You are now armed with new knowledge and can proudly battle big paint problems with ease. We cant wait to see your latest designs using Dixie Belle Paint. Be sure to share them with us on social media.

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  1. Lindsay R. says:

    I absolutely LOVE Dixie Belle and all of its products but this article does not help us to solve these problems. Yes, it’s great information to have and can help PREVENT the problems from initially happening but what about in a case when it already has? Any tips for those issues? Here is one, for example… As I have seen in many tutorials, I mixed a small bit of Caviar with my Gator Hide for the top of a cabinet I am finishing up and rolled it on (also heeding advice of one of your expert Ambassadors). I now have dark lines on the top of the cabinet. It doesn’t look bad. It just doesn’t match the look of the piece at all. I sanded it, hoping to pull away some of the very visible lines, but it didn’t change almost at all and I don’t want to sand it too much and run the rush of cutting down through my paint. I thought about just adding more thin coats to try to even it out but I am afraid it may end up worse. Any help would be super appreciated. Help for the problem now that it is a problem, please. And thank you.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Lindsay, we’re so sorry you’re having difficulties with your project but we will be happy to help! We recommend repainting the top to get your desired look. You can seal with Gator Hide after the paint has dried completely. We recommend using a dry brush or a dry sponge with Gator Hide. You can tint the product when painting over darker colors, but its unnecessary and you may get better results with untinted Gator Hide. We also recently introduced Howdy-Do Hemp Seed Oil which is excellent for sealing over dark colors like Caviar to preserve its rich, matte finish. Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  2. Michele says:

    I put clear coat flat over a piece I painted with Dixie Belle paint and it has dried with a white haziness to it. Why and how do I fix it?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Michele, thanks for reaching out to Dixie Belle Paint! We would be happy to help you fix your project. There may be water trapped in between layers of Clear Coat. We recommend to use a damp or dry sponge, not wet. You can repaint and reseal your piece or sand lightly and reseal. Hopefully this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  3. Nicole says:

    Hello, I am a Dixie Belle newbie.. I just recently finished my first piece and I am sooo proud of how it came out! It has been sitting for 2 days in the mud room so it has been dry for some time now… My husband walked past it with an empty cardboard box and accidently rubbed against it. The paint scratched right off! He tried to fix it by rubbing it with his thumb and now there is even worse of a line… Now what? I did not expect the paint to scratch off so easily. I followed the directions exactly. Is there anything that I can do to fix this? Also, do I need a wax sealer to go over it to prevent this from happening again?
    Just an FYI: I cleaned it with White Lightening, then painted it with BOSS (white) since it was a dark wood piece. Lastly, I painted it a dark Yankee Blue color. Once it was scratched, the white BOSS showed through, not the original wood. I did find out that the piece was stained before I bought it (from a random lady off Facebook Marketplace) and I didn’t realized it was stain until I was mid-way painting it… Could that have something to do with it? Please help!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Nicole, we are so sorry this happened, but we have a few tips to get you back on track! You can lightly buff that area and repaint. Please remember the dry time between coats of BOSS is approximately one hour in addition to one hour before painting with Dixie Belle Paint. Our dry time is also different from cure time which takes 21-30 days. You do not need a wax sealer for the piece. Sealers in general are optional and after the paint cures, it will not come off. However you can definitely finish with Gator Hide or Clear Coat (Flat, Gloss or Satin) if you would like added protection or a sheen finish. Gator Hide is water repellent while Clear Coat is water resistant. Hopefully this helps! If you have additional questions, please use the live chat on the Dixie Belle Paint website. Happy painting!

  4. alyson hymes says:

    I recently re-finished my dining room table with General Finishes grey stain and let that dry for one week and then went over it with 3 thin coats of Gator Hide, dried about an hour between coats. I kept the table covered for about 10 days before using it. Today i got alcohol based hand sanitizer on it and it iedried to a white splotchy smear that will not come off even with a sponge and a multi-surface cleanser. What might be happening? Does it need to cure longer? should i sand and re-coat the table? Other then these weird stains, the finish is beautiful and seems durable. Please help!!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Alyson, thanks so much for reaching out! We don’t test our products with other paint so we’re not quite sure if those products are compatible. We recommend figuring out if the other brand is water-based or oil-based to get to the root of the issue. The majority of our products including Gator Hide are water-based so that could potentially be a factor. You could definitely try to sand off the stain. If you have any additional questions, please reach out to our live website chat!

  5. Terah says:

    I recently painted my dining table with Dixie Belle Yankee Blue. It turned out absolutely beautiful! However, when I attempted to wax with a clear wax the paint wiped off on my rag and left bare spots in the paint. Any ideas or suggestions?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Terah, thanks so much for reaching out to Dixie Belle Paint! We’re so sorry you’re having a problem with your project and would love to help! We recommend repainting the part that wiped off and making sure you give it enough time to really dry. Our paint does dry quickly, but let it sit at least overnight if you’re concerned. Dry time can also depend on temperature so if you’re in a hot area, it may need more time. Please keep in mind that our paint takes 21-30 days to fully cure. Hopefully this helps, happy painting! 🙂

  6. Holly says:

    I’m in the process of painting a hutch, I gave it 2 coats of BOSS letting each coat dry for an hour in between. I just went to paint it Cotton and in a few spots it’s almost like the coats of BOSS started to goo up and leave gloppy, raised smears, also it still looks like some of the tannins are starting to show through as well? My main concern is where the raised goo is? Has anyone else had this problem and what should I do? I’m feeling really defeated…. also I did clean with White Lighting before applying BOSSand let that dry overnight.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Holly, after the second coat of BOSS did you give it enough time to dry completely? We have not heard of issues with raised goo so we are not sure what may have caused it.

  7. Sandy says:

    I painted a dresser with Dixie belle caviar. I cleaned the dresser throughly and lightly sanded. I applied two coats of paint waiting 24 hours in between coats. I am getting ready to wax the dresser but have noticed when I touch it white marks appear. What caused this and what do I do to correct this? I am hesitant to wax until I correct this issue.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello Sandy, the chalky matte finish of the paint can cause marks before it has cured completely, which takes 21-30 days. You can seal with Howdy-Do Hemp Seed Oil, Best Dang Wax, or clear coat to prevent it from happening. You can also wipe it with a damp cloth to get rid of the marks. Hope this helps!

  8. Cindy says:

    So let me get this straight i have cleaned my dining table with White Lightening and I am using caviar- once the table is painted i cannot use it for 30 days (so it can cure) then use gator hyde and allow another 30 days to seal-

    I’ve already had the paint come off once- and had to restrip once

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cindy,

      You can use your table after applying Gator Hide. Just allow the designated drying time and be sure to still use a coaster for your drinks and place mats as well for your plates so it can cure as you’re still using it!

      Happy painting!

  9. Tammy says:

    Hi, my db bronze patina paint dried out in the container. It’s not completely hard. Is there anything that I can add to bring it back to life or Is it trash now? Thanks!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello, make sure you stir your paint vigorously if you can, if it’s still somewhat of a thicker texture than you can stipple it on to your piece, if not then no it is no longer savable!

  10. sharon says:

    Hi, I just finished a secretary desk in a mix of caviar and midnight sky. I’ll be using Prima transfers on it. Can the hemp oil be used over the transfers?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hello! Yes it can, just be sure to not over coat it!

  11. Cindy Hostetler says:

    Quick question about dixie wax. After 4 days I delivered a painted and waxed piece to a client. She left the piece outside in HOT weather and when touched…the wax smeared! What should I do to fix the smear mark?

  12. Tiffany Senter says:

    I am wondering why as I’m applying my black wax it is showing crumbling? Is the paint under neath not dry enough? I waited overnight almost 24 hours. Is my brush to rough? I am using a Purdy brush. Is this normal? I have 2 coats of Midnight Sky and a wet/water coat of Caviar on top.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Tiffany,

      It could be because of your brush, because you did allow the correct drying time! Try sealing with a Clear Coat or Gator Hide before Wax!

      Happy painting!

  13. Jodi Wilson says:

    I painted my kitchen cabinets. I used the Dixie Belle sanding sponge to tough up the surfaces, cleaned with White Lighting and rinsed with water. Dried over night, then applied 3 coats of Caviar paint. (Sanding lightly with the sanding sponge in between coats). The paint turned out amazing. I tried to seal with Gator Hide.
    I used a test board before I applied the Gator Hide to the cabinet doors. I tried several methods that I watched on You Tube and on Dixie Belle Facebook page.
    I decided the best looking application, was to tint the GH with about a tablespoon of Caviar Pant to 16 oz GH and used a Cling On! Synthetic brush to apply. I applied in thin coats, lightly sanding in between coats and wiping with a damp microfiber cloth, allowing to dry, before applying another coat of GH. There were no brush strokes, but the GH dried with a white cloudy/Haze.
    I even tried to sand and repaint and re apply GH and the same results 🙁
    I finally just put the cabinet doors back on and they are dull looking, not rich and dark, like I had hoped. If I touch the cabinet doors, they leave white marks and scratch easily.
    It has been extremely humid here in Michigan and I was sealing in my garage. I think it must have a lot to with my results?
    Is there any thing I can do, besides sand and repaint?
    Could I apply wax or hemp oil to give it a rich, darker finish?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi there!

      You can try wax or the hemp oil!

      I don’t think it will give darker results but I do know that you can also seal with those and they do have different outcomes than gator Hide.

      No need to sand and repaint either!

      Happy painting!

  14. Joy Martin says:

    Hi, I just painted my first piece w Dixie belle paint. I used cotton to cover a dated oak blanket chest. I’m not over the moon w the results tho, I feel like the paint isnt smooth enough and I can see the brushstrokes too much. What did I do wrong?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Joy,
      Before painting, always be sure to clean with our White Lightning. After that, if you need to you can sand down your piece (not too much unless you want to) to get an even smoother finish of the wood. Once complete with that, give another good wipe down and you can then apply either our BOSS or Slick Stick, both are primers. You can also sand in between coats and be sure to use light coats each time and dampen your brush by either misting your piece or your brush. I hope this helps.
      Happy painting!

  15. Viv Barker says:

    Hi I am not having much luck with crackle. Having watched several u tube videos of dixiebelle stickists where some apply paint while it’s still wet and some when it’s completely dry.

    When I let it dry overnight and applied a coat of rose gold in the morning it just dried out and nothing? Wasn’t even a hot day. Used brushes as advised. I did lightly spray with water and thought it was going to work but then just dried out flat after an hour.

    Applying paint while is was still wet just made a bumpy surface no crackles

    Cannt work out what I am doing wrong

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Viv! To use Crackle, first apply one coat of Dixie Belle Paint. Allow the paint to dry completely. Apply a thick layer of Crackle in one direction, and don’t overwork it. The thicker the application, the larger the cracks. Use a cross-hatch brush stroke to create erratic and wide cracks. Allow Crackle to dry completely for 30 minutes to overnight. Apply a top coat of any Dixie Belle Paint color. The cracking process begins as the paint dries. Let dry for 24 hours. Hope this helps! Happy painting!

  16. Melissa says:

    I painted a table in caviar. I waited a week before I applied Gator Hide. I used an applicator sponge wrapped in pantyhose. I tried to apply it in thin layers. After the first coat dried I noticed it had some streaks and haziness. I haven’t proceeded any further in the process. I did not tint the Gator Hide. Do you recommend I sand and apply a tint to the next two layers? Not sure where to go from here??? Help!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Melissa! Yes, you can tint the Gator Hide with a very small amount of Caviar. From what we can tell, you do not need to sand. ?

  17. Meg says:

    Hello! I’ve been painting my cabinets with Dixie Belle over the past week and a half. I’m nearing the end stages and am very pleased with how it’s looking. I did three coats of French Linen on the bottom (Fluff on the top cabinets) and went to put on the third top coat with Dixie Belle Satin today when I noticed some little TINY white specks in the French Linen (TINY). I should have just used the sanding sponge to get them or left them alone, they were TINY, but I just couldn’t. 🙁 So I took a small paint brush and touched them up. Voila! Tiny white specks gone.

    However, this was on top of the clear coat…and so it did not try the same color as what’s under the clear coat. I thought that when I put the satin on top of my touch ups, it would blend…but it didn’t. So now, I’m *almost* done with my project, am low on product (which is good, I didn’t want a lot left over) and have small spots in several areas that do not match. I am very irritated with myself.

    I promptly freaked out thinking I was going to have to redo the whole lower cabinets, but I’m sure there is a way to fix it that I’m just unaware of and unable to find online. My Dixie Belle retailer doesn’t open until Thursday so I can’t call her tomorrow and I don’t want to be twitching the next 36 hours.

    Can someone please give me guidance as to how to correct my ridiculous mistake without having to redo the entire base? I know you can paint over clear coat…I just didn’t realize it would alter the color of my “corrections.” :*****(

    Any advice is appreciated. Thank you!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Meg! How long did you allow the paint touchups to dry? You can reach out to us at for further help ?

  18. Sherry Aldridge says:

    Hello, I have painted my bathroom cabinets in the beautiful color “in the navy”. I love the depth of the color and the finish. I bought the easy peasy spray on wax. I was putting this on today 5 days after painting and my finger nail scratch the paint twice and the paint came off. I sanded lightly and painted again those areas. Should I use Gator hide over the entire cabinet to avoid the paint scratching off? Please help. I don’t want to have to keep touching up the scratches.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Sherry! For bathroom cabinets, we recommend using 3 thin coats of Gator Hide for a durable, water-repellant finish. ?

  19. Deb says:

    Hi. I have painted a very long table and up close it looks great but there are streaks that look dirty from one angle and light from the other. It looks like I painted some areas too thickly in some places. I did the full prep. White lightening. 2 coats of slick stick. 2 of paint wire 24 hours between everything. There is light coming from a window directly behind having a big impact. Will this still be obvious if I coat it with clear coat satin? Or what should I do?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Deb! We’d recommend doing a light sand and then an additional coat of paint to even it out. Any streaks will still be visible when Clear Coat is applied. Hope this helps! Happy painting!

  20. Ashton says:

    Hi there, I just finished painting a dresser in the caviar, the bottom of the dresser turned out perfect but after doing slight sand and another coat of caviar on the top it has a spotty look and not an Evan look. I have tried just a light damp brush with no luck on a fix. What kind of recommendations would you give?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Ashton! We’d recommend doing another coat of paint. Make sure you have enough paint on your brush to even it out. Hope this helps! Happy painting!

  21. Liz says:

    I have stained a kitchen table and used gator hide to seal it. The gator hide turned cloudy and you could see the lines. I then sanded it, restrained it, and used gator hide again, and applied it differently. This time I used quite a bit less, stroked in one direction and used a dense sponge. Still cloudy, not as bad as first time, but not the result I am looking for. Help??

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Liz!

      Did you use one of our stains? If it was a different brand, we can’t guarantee how Gator Hide will react with different brands of stain. You can email us at for more assistance.

  22. Julie says:

    Hello, I used caviar on a cart that I’m refinishing. I applied 3 coats and then used clear coat to seal it…I noticed that it seems a bit streaky, I actually noticed this before the clear coat and figured the clear coat would remedy the situation. It’s still a solid colour I can just notice the sponge roller lines. Going forward I would like to use this colour again. Are there any suggestions to stop painting lines? In the mean time can I use the easy peasy spray wax over top of the clear coat? I’m too nervous to try the gator hide . Thank you.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Julie! To avoid painting lines, we recommend misting your piece with water as you paint. This helps create a smooth finish. When applying clear coat, we recommend not over working the product and brushing thin, even coats. Yes, you can apply Easy Peasy Spray Wax over the clear coat once the clear coat is completely dry.

  23. Cynthia Murrah says:

    I cleaned my dresser, scuff sanded , cleaned off the dust and painted 2-3 coats of Bunker Hill Blue. Letting each dry completely between coats. At least one hour. I watched several videos on applying Gator Hide. Took a deep breath and used the application sponge to apply the GH. It pulled up my paint in 3 places. Why would this happen?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cynthia! Did you wipe back the White Lightning with water after cleaning?

  24. Lelah Sheldon says:

    I have watched videos from dixie bell and you tube videos on gator hide and I have a few questions. With gator hide used over chalk paint is it best to put it on once the paint dries or should I let the paint cure 21-30 days before applying the gator hide. Also should the gator hide sponge be damp to apply it or should the sponge be dried. On my last project I used damp sponge as suggested in some you tube videos and thought I had a very thin layer on sponge but I ended up with drips. Would you let me know what way is best. Thank you !

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Lelah! We recommend waiting 24 hours for the Chalk Mineral Paint to dry before applying Gator Hide. For best results, we’d recommend using a dry sponge. ?

  25. Sara says:

    Cleaned with Dixie Belle cleaner, sanded cupboards (even though advertised as not needing to be done) painted – let dry -lightly sanded, painted second coat and let dry. Re-hung cupboard doors and now the paint is pulling off where the doors touch the frame. Disappointed and seeking advice on how to fix. I would have used primer had I known Dixie Belle wasn’t as advertised.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Sara! We are sorry to hear that. Please email us at with pictures of your cupboard as well as some information about the surface of your piece (laminate, wood, slick surface, etc.) We would be happy to help you.

  26. Hanaa says:

    I just recently a packaged brand new golden gemstone mousse and when I opened it….the mousse was completely hard and went on like dirt. I am really upset because I wanted to do a redo on my bed frame and now I do not know what to do. Is there any way to fix the mousse?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Hanaa, We are sorry to hear that. We’d love to help you. Please give us a call at 813-909-1962 or email us at 🙂

  27. Tracy says:

    I was thinning and added to much water. How can I thicken paint? Please help!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Tracy! You can leave the lid off for a little while and it will thicken 😊

  28. Jade says:

    I sealed my piece with two coats of Dixie Belle flat clear top coat. I waited a day between coats. The paint below is two coats chalk and three coats primer (I painted bare wood). Its been a couple weeks since the last top coat was applied and the whole piece is very tacky. How do I fix that?

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