How to Use BOSS

What is BOSS?

BOSS Blocks Odors, Stains, Stops Bleed thru!

BOSS contains odor eliminating and stain blocking technology for exceptional coverage. This creamy formula glides on smooth and dries in about an hour.

BOSS prevents bleed thru of wood tannins and varnishes, allowing you to transform any piece to a crisp, light color with ease. This product will completely mask odors on old furniture that may have been exposed to smoke, pets, or other circumstances that contribute to odors.

In two coats, BOSS tackles tough set in stains including permanent marker, water stains, and much more. BOSS even masks smoke odors and nicotine smells. BOSS is a water based formula that mimics an oil based or shellac product. That means easy soap and water clean-up!

Check out this quick tutorial video!

Here’s a step by step on BOSS!


Step One

Before you get started, make sure your surface is free of dust, grease, wax, peeling paint, mold, and mildew. For laminate or high gloss finish, you will want to sand the surface thoroughly. Clean first with White Lightning, rinse, and allow to dry. It is important to avoid humidity when using the product. Your piece must be dry prior to painting.

Step Two

Apply one coat and allow to dry for 1 hour.

Step Three

Apply a second coat and allow to dry for 24 hours.

Step Four

After your second coat of BOSS has dried for at least 24 hours, you can then paint with Dixie Belle Paint.

Now you can choose your favorite color of Dixie Belle Paint and completely cover the surface. The final step is to finish with Clear Coat or Gator Hide and rest assured that stains and odors will not seep through your beautiful piece!

BOSS is available in Clear, White, and Gray! It comes in 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz and gallon.

“Great product for that mahogany bleed through you inevitably get when painting old furniture. Apply BOSS before you paint. I allowed BOSS to dry overnight and never got any bleed through at all. Unheard of with any other primer – and I’ve tried them all including lacquer. Ample drying time is the secret.” – Sandy P.

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  1. Michele Schmitt says:

    Good morning, I am painting a 40 year old Tell City Mable table and chairs….I know I am already regretting painting the chairs, but too late now!
    My chairs have been cleaned with white lightening, but there are spots, like the tops of the chairs where people would rest their hands that are worn down to the natural wood and will not come clean, or should I say the tannins from the wood are still washing off. Can I just apply Boss to those areas? Or do I have to paint the whole chair…I know it may sound like a silly question, but one thing is I don’t have enough for the whole chair, and if I only paint Boss on certain areas will that change the way the paint will look or feel when I am all done?
    Thank you,
    Michele Schmitt
    Poseyville, IN

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Michele, yes you can apply BOSS to those spots. It will not change the look of the paint. If you have additional questions, please visit our website live chat ( M-F 8AM-5PM or call our office at 813-909-1962. Happy painting! 🙂

  2. Lynnze says:

    Does B.O.S.S. as a primer on fabric? I need to paint a recliner I bought and I am thinking it would help to make sure smells don’t come through but don’t want to make the fabric hard either.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Lynnze, we have had some artists use this technique before to block odors and it was successful, but the product was not intended for fabric. Hopefully this helps! If you need additional assistance, call our office at 813-909-1962. Happy painting! 🙂

  3. Miranda says:

    Can you use boss prior to staining? I inherited some furniture from a heavy smoker and I’m having a hard time getting the smell out.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Miranda, we recommend staining first and then using Big Mama’s Butta to help with the smell. If you use BOSS, it will change how the stain absorbs into the wood. Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  4. Jane says:

    Can I use Dixie Bell Boss before I use Dixie Bell gel stain? I need to cover some deep stains on an old table I’m doing for a friend

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Jane, if you use BOSS before staining it will show through the gel stain and affect how the gel stain absorbs into the wood. We recommend you try to sand down the stains on the piece or layer on a lot of the product to make it darker. Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  5. Christina says:

    Hi. Most water based stain blocking primers still show tannin bleed through etc. How is Dixie Belle primer not going to do the same since it’s water based? I generally use a shellac based primer that works really well but wearing a mask gets to be a pain!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Christina, BOSS is a water based odor and stain blocker. It is specifically formulated to tackle tough stains including bleed thru, smoke, nicotine, felt tip marker, tannins, and more. BOSS also seals smoke odors. We really recommend you try it out! It is the perfect problem solving product! Hope this helps! Happy painting! 🙂

  6. Addie says:

    I just tried White Boss and I loved the coverage…..can I just stop there or do I have to paint it again with a cover paint? I want my piece to be white in the end and I really like it with just the Boss.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Addie, we’re so excited for your project! Yes we recommend always painting after applying BOSS. Chalk mineral paint has a beautiful, matte finish that is different than BOSS which is used only to block odors, stains, and stop bleed thru. The paint is also self leveling and self sealing. Happy painting! 🙂

  7. Jennifer says:

    I used Dixie Bell Boss white on my kitchen cabinets and it was amazing! But I’m doing some other cabinets too. Is there an application where white is better than clear or vice versa?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Jennifer, usually people use BOSS in Clear when they want to distress down to the natural wood without worrying about bleed through. White tends to be used more often when you are just painting over it because it gives more solid color coverage. Hope this helps!

  8. James Metzger says:

    Hello! I’m getting really bad brush marks with the boss. I’m attempting to sand between coats on my next piece. Would having a wet brush help in getting it to lay flatter? It’s pretty much all of the strokes from the boss are coming through onto my paint

    Love your products and color selections.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi there! Having the brush wet does help, but don’t have it completely soaked! Just use a mister bottle to mist lightly with water and you can also mist the piece to help spread the paint a little more!

  9. Marcela winter says:

    Hi, I used boss on my furniture piece. It seemed dry and I waited an hour. Applied a second coat. It’s been a few weeks and feels tacky. What do I do?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Marcela,
      Be sure to allow your piece to fully cure before use!
      Happy painting!

  10. Cristy says:

    Hello, if i have sanded down my furniture to remove any previous stain or varnish, is it necessary to use Boss or a primer before painting?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cristy,
      You would want to use either one to prevent bleed through on your piece.
      Happy painting!

  11. Michelle says:

    Hello, I used BOSS with an expensive natural bristle brush on an old sewing machine desk. After painting it with the BOSS I am having a hard time cleaning it out of my brush. I used soap and water and when that didn’t work, I used mineral spirits. That didn’t work either as there is a glue like line on the brush throughout the bristles. The second coat I used a synthetic brush and that cleaned well with the soap and water. How do I clean the natural bristle brush and get rid of the glue like line? I have been keeping the brush wet until I can figure out how to clean it. Thanks.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Michelle! When using BOSS, we recommend soaking it promptly after use to prevent it from drying on the brush. Perhaps you can try soaking your brush in our White Lightning Cleaner. Hope this helps! ?

  12. Holly says:

    Hello! I am tackling a 16 piece mahogany bedroom set that needs to be bossed. It is definitely a bleeder. I am painting it black and distressing. Since it is not a light color, do i have to add a second coat still?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Holly! Typically, darker colors only need one coat. ?

  13. William Dawson says:

    Hi, we have moved into a new house with odor issues in bathroom and kitchen cabinets. As a test, I want to block the odor from a bathroom vanity. I think the odors there are a combination of perfumes and heavily scented air fresheners stored in the drawers and under the sink over a long period of time. I am not particularly concerned with appearance and don’t plan to keep the vanity long term, just want to contain odors so we can use that bathroom. (1) Would a single (or double coat) of clear BOSS over the painted vanity–all surfaces inside and out–be a reasonable approach? (2) Are there odors from BOSS during application? VOCs? Thanks very much!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi William! We recommend applying one coat of BOSS, allow it to dry for an hour, and then apply a second coat. Use in a well ventilated area. ?

  14. Susanna Grilli says:

    Can I sand my piece, in between coats of BOSS for a smoother finish?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Susanna! We do not recommend sanding between coats of BOSS.

  15. LeenBerry says:

    I sanded down to bare wood on a pine table. I stained the table with VooDoo gel stains and a wash of Coffee Bean. I have acquired the look I want. I have put on 2 coats of clear Boss as when I finish with Gator Hide I want to make sure pine tannins do not seep through and change my work to yellow/pine orange. My question is… 2 coats of Boss is dry and I’m ready to put 3 coats of Gator Hide. Do I sand the Boss before I begin the Gator Hide process?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi there! We do not recommend sanding the BOSS.

  16. Jean says:

    Hello! Can you tell me what the VOC level is for the BOSS, in g/L? Thank you!

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Jean! Please email us at ?

  17. Cathy McClive says:


    I want to repaint a desk that already has blue chalk paint in white. Do I need to use Boss and slick stick after cleaning with white lightening? Thanks

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cathy! No, you do not need to use Boss or Slick Stick after cleaning.

  18. Heather says:

    Hi! I’m new to chalk painting so I’m still learning the ins and outs. I chalk painted a small shelf and of course I’m getting lots of bleed through! Can I use Boss over my two layers of chalk paint and then paint again over that?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Heather! Yes, you can. ?

  19. Rose Kovalchik says:

    What is the level of VOC in Boss? Also, what is the VOC level in the Silk line of paint.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Rose! You can email and they will be in touch ?

  20. Cate says:

    Hello, I don’t know what is on the furniture I want to paint. It does have a smooth fell and shine. Can I use boss over that?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Cate! If the surface is slick, we’d recommend using Slick Stick to help the paint adhere.

  21. Annette Taylor says:

    Can I use Boss in my paint sprayer? If yes do I add water?
    Thank you

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Annette! Yes, you can use BOSS in a paint sprayer and there is no need to add water 🙂

  22. Deb says:

    The article states that after painting the final step is to finish with clear coat or gator hide. I thought Dixie Belle didn’t need a top coat.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Deb! Our Chalk Mineral Paint has a matte, chalky finish and cures in 21-30 days. Using a top coat is optional. If you’d like a different finish or additional durability for your furniture, we recommend using one of our Clear Coats. 🙂

  23. Michelle says:

    I have a jar of BOSS and Slick Stick. I used both products once. Now I’m starting another project and neither bottle can be opened. Not even using a strong man!! How can I get these new jars open?! Thanks.

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Michelle! You can try running the product under warm water and then try opening it. Or, you can use a screwdriver to gently get up under the lid to break the seal. When using these products, we recommend wiping the container off after using it to prevent it from being difficult to open. 🙂

  24. Robyn says:

    Hoping you can help me. I have never painted before. I have what I think is a pine veneer dresser. Only cheap, and probably cheaper to purchase another set than paint, but I’m itching to try my luck at painting with your silk line. Mostly, the cabinet appears smooth, but unsure if it’s a blender. To be on the safe side, can I apply the slip stick and then boss, before painting with the silk paint? It will be choosing a light cream coloured paint.
    I look forward to hearing back from you. Kind regards

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi Robyn! If your dresser has a slick surface, you can use Slick Stick. However, do not use Slick Stick and Boss together. Silk Paint has a built-in stain blocker. 😊

  25. MB Candre says:

    If I applied Boss the leg of my dresser and then changed my mind about painting them and rather leave them as is, how do I get the clear boss off without ruining the finish of the legs?

    1. Dixie Belle Paint Company says:

      Hi there! The only way to remove the BOSS would be to sand it off. This would most likely ruin the finish of the legs underneath. Our suggestion would be to leave the BOSS on there, since it’s clear. Hope this helps!

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