What is the difference between FAT Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint and which one should I use on my project?
You have decided to tackle the tired dresser that has been sitting sadly in the basement, but uncertain what paint to chose? My two favorite brands are FAT Paint and Fusion Mineral Paint. Both are high quality, easy to use and Canadian-made…which we love. FAT and Fusion paint are very different paints but you get amazing results with both.
FAT paint is a chalk-style paint that adheres to most surfaces without needing to prime or a heavy duty sanding. FAT paint dries super fast; typically within 30 to 45 minutes depending on the humidity. FAT paint being porous needs to be protected with either FAT wax (which is soooo easy to use) or FAT Clear Coat to protect and seal it. Click here to see a video to find out when to use Wax or Clear Coat and here to see a video on how to apply Clear Coat. Click here to read our blog to learn more about FAT chalk-style paint.
Mid Century Modern console painted in FAT paint Casacadia, Lemongrass, Shop Door and Can't See Me Camo
Dresser painted in FAT paint Navy State of Mind from the Amanda Forrest Collection
Fusion Mineral paint does adhere to most wood finishes but I recommend using the Ultra Grip first on furniture that is veneered, laminate or metal (always do a test spot first somewhere inconspicuous if you are not sure) click here to see a video on how to apply Ultra Grip. Fusion has a built-in top coat, that’s right… no topcoat or wax is needed and is self-leveling when applied properly. Click here to read our blog to find out more about Fusion Mineral Paint.
Fusion Mineral Paint Park Bench is the perfect contrast with this gorgeous hardware
Mid Century Dresser painted in Casement, Azure, Little Lamb, Copper, Renfrew Blue, Little Teapot and Laurentien.
So which paint should you use for your project? Both paints will transform your tired furniture but I have a few points for my clients to consider when they are deciding. Fusion does not require a top coat but needs a few hours in between coats to ensure it fully dries. FAT Paint dries typically within 30 minutes and requires either their FAT wax or Clear Coat. However, one of the most important points to consider is finding the perfect colour for your furniture. Both FAT paint and Fusion Mineral Paint are high quality, easy to use paints, are Canadian-made and have gorgeous colour palettes that you can’t go wrong with. Check out Fusion Mineral paint colours here and FAT paint colours here.
Can’t decide between a FAT and Fusion colour, then use both!
This hutch has been paint in FAT paint Gull Grey and paired perfectly with Fusion Mineral Paint Metallic Pale Gold
This is a question that I get asked often by my clients. What is Fusion Mineral Paint and can’t I just use wall paint instead to refinish my furniture? You can, however using Fusion makes the process much faster and no heavy duty sanding or priming is needed. Fusion is very versatile, high quality product that leaves a beautiful finish.
Mid Century Modern Gibbard Dresser painted in Fusion's Casement, Little Lamb, Little Teapot, Renfrew Blue, Copper and Laurentien with a strained and stained stripe in the middle.
Fusion is Canadian made, has no VOC’s and has a gorgeous line of colours that work with any design style. Click here to see Fusion’s colour palette. No priming is needed when using Fusion, just a quick prep and you can get to the good stuff…painting! Click here to see a video on how to properly prep your furniture before painting.
After painted in Little Lamb
Fusion has great adhesion on wood but when painting veneer, glass or metal surfaces use Fusion’s Ultra Grip first. Ultra Grip is similar to a primer to help your paint adhere but dries clear, perfect if you are looking to distress you furniture.
Creating Seaglass out of thrift store glass. First using Ultra Grip for good adhesion and Fusion Mineral Paint
Fusion goes on quite smooth when using a good quality brush and can be almost self-leveling if applied properly. One of the great qualities of Fusion that gets my clients excited is that it has a built in top-coat and requires NO waxing or top coat! That’s right! Fusion typically requires two coats of paint with a recommended drying time of up to 12 hours (depended upon the humidity) but once you have applied you final coat your done. You now have upcycled a tired piece of furniture into a beautiful work of art! Click here to find out what is upcycling and why you should do it. Fusion is quite durable but if you are looking for more durability for higher traffic areas such as dinning room tables, chairs or kitchen cabinets try Fusion’s Tough Coat wipe on matte poly.
Fusion has a fantastic range of products from high quality brushes, metallic waxes, stencils, glazes, everything you need to really up your furniture refinishing game and create the perfect piece. Click here to see Fusion’s line of products. So that tired piece that you have sitting in the basement that you don’t know what to do with…Fusion is the perfect solution. Click here for our location and hours and stop by to see Fusion’s products to get started on your project. Interested in a workshop? Click here to see and register for our workshops. Happy painting!