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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  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! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Holly says:

    Iโ€™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 itโ€™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? Iโ€™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. Tammy says:

    Hi, my db bronze patina paint dried out in the container. Itโ€™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!

  9. 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?
    Thanks.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

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

  10. 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?

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