Autentico FAQs

What is Vintage Chalk Paint?

Chalk paint – it's all in the name – a descriptive term for paint with chalk as an important ingredient.

Together with water, pigment and resins, chalk is a filler which when added to water, pigments and resins creates a proud structure which is great to use for decorative techniques such as sanding through, crackling and many other ageing techniques.

Just like other products, the quality of the ingredients makes all the difference; Autentico Vintage is simply the best paint for all decorative techniques. Comprised of a palette of more than 150 colours with outstanding coverage and adherence, Autentico Vintage has been the leader in “chalk paints” for many years.


Do I need to use primer?

As much as we love painting furniture, sometimes the furniture we want to paint was never meant to be painted! These pieces need to be primed with Autentico Stain Blocking Primer or Autentico Undercoat.

If the piece of furniture is of a dark wood, large knots or has a shiny/melamine surface, a primer is recommended.

If your project is on the larger scale for example walls and ceilings make sure you understand the surface you are tackling. If you have concerns about uneven suction or adherence, use Autentico Primer to prepare your project properly. For more detailed application advice please read our product sheets.

Do I need to prepare the furniture?

All our products have a fantastic adherence, however we recommend giving the furniture a light scruff sand to give your piece some grit, this will help your paint adhere. After sanding, clean with Autentico Omniclean or hot soapy water to remove any dirt and grease and ensure the surface is completely dry before painting.

If the furniture is a very dark, old wood, flaky or has a shiny surface you may need to sand more to take the top coat off. Some projects and products prefer a base coat of Undercoat or Primer. We recommend applying a coat of Primer prior to painting with Autentico Eggshell.


What should I do if I haven’t used my paint for a while?

The first thing you do before applying the paint is to give the tin a good shake and stir. If you haven’t used the paint for a while, turn the tin upside down and leave for 20 minutes, then stir before using. Autentico Paints have a two year shelf life once opened. Always decant your paint and never work straight from the can, this avoids contamination.


Are Autentico paints child safe?

Our Autentico Vintage, Velvet, Versante Matt and Versante Eggshell ranges are EN71-3 compliant which means our paints are safe to use on children furniture and other juvenile products. Please take care when choosing a sealant as not all are compliant/child safe.


What if I don’t like the colour I choose?

Whilst every care is taken to represent colours as accurately as possible on our website, it is not recommended that you choose colours from looking at a computer screen or monitor.

Computer screens do not accurately represent colours and should be used as a guide only. I have spent several hours collating images from artists around the world who have used each of Autentico's colours to help make your choice in colours easier. 

Always choose colours from our hand painted colour charts, brush-outs, or order a tester pot to check the colour prior to placing a large order for paint as we do not refund or exchange for change of mind or wrong colour selection.

When swatching a colour out from a tester pot, make sure the paint is completely dry and you look at the painted area at different times of the day, as lighting will affect the shade of the colour.


Should I Wax, Varnish, or Seal?

Versante Eggshell has a built-in sealant which forms its own protective layer, so no need to add a sealer!

Autentico Vintage is a soft, porous paint which creates an open system perfect for decorative techniques. As it is an open system it needs closing with a wax or a varnish.

 You can use any sealer, wax, oil or vanish you like, however when using a different brand sealant with Autentico paints we strongly recommend that you test a small section first to ensure they are compatible. 


Paint Coverage Guidelines

To minimise the chances of buying too little or too much paint here is a paint calculator to help you. 

All calculations are based on flat surfaces as surfaces with detailing can differ on the amount of paint used. 

With furniture, there are various preparations that need to be made before hand. Walls that are porous or freshly plastered are likely to require additional coats. You may notice immense colour transformations when painting light to dark or dark to light and may need additional coats. This can be minimised by using the correct primer or undercoat.  

The below table offers guidance to the maximum coverage for all of our paint finishes. Coverage is also dependent of the thickness of application, tool used and surface. Please note this calculator is only suitable for calculating paint for walls and flat surfaces but it can be used as an approximate guide for furniture. 

Paint Name
Paint Type
Size Available
Approx Coverage Typical No. of Coats Drying Time  Shelf Life
Autentico Vintage

100ml & 500ml

1L - available via special order only.

Covers 8-13m2 per 1L 2 Touch dry in 30 minutes.  Allow Minimum of 1 hour drying time between coats.  (Drying times may dependent on temperature and surface) 2 Years

100ml & 500ml

1L - available via special order only.

Covers 8-13m2 per 1L 2 Touch dry in 30 minutes.  Allow Minimum of 4 hour drying time between coats.  (Drying times may dependent on temperature and surface) 2 Years
(available via special order only)

2.5L - available via special order only.

Covers 8-13m2 per 1L 2 Touch dry in 30 minutes.  Allow minimum of 2 hours drying time between coats. 2 Years
(available via special order only)

1L - available via special order only.

Covers 8-13m2 per 1L. 2 8 hours between coats.  A third coat could be required after another 8 hours of drying time with certain colours.  2 Years