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Q: How shall I prepare my surface for decoupaging?
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Surface preparation will vary based on the surface you're using. Keep reading to learn how to prepare surfaces such as wood, paper mache, tin/metal, terra cotta, glass and ceramics, and fabrics for use with Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage.
  • Wood: Sand smooth with fine grit sandpaper, wipe away sawdust, apply one or two coats of Martha Stewart Multi-Surface Paints allowing drying time between applications. Sand smooth if necessary.
  • Paper Mache: Wipe clean with damp cloth and apply basecoat. Allow to dry and reapply if necessary.
  • Tin/Metal: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with white vinegar dampened cloth and let dry. (Optional: apply metal primer) Apply basecoat; allow to dry and reapply if needed.
  • Terra Cotta: Wipe clean. Seal pot interior with two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Sprayable Satin or Gloss Enamel Finish. Basecoat exterior with desired color; allow to dry and reapply.
  • Canvas: Wipe primed canvas clean. If unprimed, apply two coats of Martha Stewart Crafts Gesso Primer.
  • Glass/Ceramics: Wash with soap and water. Wipe with rubbing alcohol dampened cloth and let dry. Once prepared, neatly apply Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Acrylic Craft Paint in color and finish desired; let dry. Do not use on surfaces that come in contact with food or beverages.
  • Fabric: Prewash in soap and water according to fabric label. Dry thoroughly without fabric softener or using a dryer sheet. Iron if necessary (without starch).

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