How to Use Wise Owl One Hour Enamel


I know there are many DIYers out there that would love to give their furniture a makeover. I have had many people ask me how to apply Wise Owl One Hour Enamel (OHE) so I thought I would share with y’all the steps on how to paint with One Hour Enamel from start to finish.

I have a bedroom set that a client wanted painted in Wise Owl Paint- Snow Owl. Snow Owl is the whitest paint Wise Owl has in their paint line.

You can also use OHE for Kitchen cabinets


Original Queen Bedroom Set

Step 1: Prep the pieces. Any degreaser can be used. I use Krud Kutter. Why do you want to prep? This will remove any oils on a piece. If a piece has a shine there is a low chance the paint will adhere to it. I have made it a habit to prep all my pieces and I always advice my clients prepping is key to refinishing any piece of furniture.

Step 2: Wash down the pieces with water and wipe dry. You want to make sure that you have all of the degreaser taken off.

Step 3: Sand. I use a 220 grit sandpaper and scuff up all the surfaces. This will ensure proper adhesion.

Step 4: Wipe down all debris.

Step 5: Apply Wise Owl White Primer. This assures adhesion to the One Hour Enamel and blocks any tannin bleed. I put two coats and wait about 2 -3 hours before repainting. Drying time varies decoding on humidity. Before applying OHE I would let the primer dry/set overnight.


Wise Owl White Primer and ClingOn S50


One Coat of Primer


Second Coat of Primer


One Hour Enamel with ClingOn S50

Step 6: Now here is where the fun starts. Apply Wise Owl One Hour Enamel-Snow Owl.

What brush did I use? My personal favorite, ClingOn S50- it is very important to use a good quality brush for any project to reduce brush strokes.

Why not use the Chalk Synthesis Paint? With One Hour Enamel there is no top coat needed and the best part is OHE is it is self leveling and there is no harsh fumes. If I did decided to use the Chalk Synthesis Paint, I would have to use varnish to seal the pieces. Since I was going for a simple sleek look OHE was the best choice.

Key Steps:; Long brushstrokes is key when applying One Hour Enamel. For the next brush stroke overlap the previous brush stroke. Try not to go over the areas you have painted because One Hour Enamel dries super fast. If you miss a spot its okay. It will be taken care of in the next coat.

Take a look at the below video. I show how to apply the OHE on a vertical surface.

Tip: If you forget to catch a paint run, you can use a blade to take off the run. I usually sand and touch up the area.


Run that can be fixed with the blade.

Here is the final product. It took me about 3 coats of OHE and that was only because it was Snow Owl. Total amount of paint used was about 1.25 quarts of Snow Owl and 1 quart of primer for a queen size headboard, footboard, 2 nightstands, side rails, mirror and a 6 drawer dresser. I would say Wise Owl paint goes a long way.

Bonus: I didn’t have to seal the pieces because the top coat is built into the One Hour Enamel :).

Its that easy to paint with OHE. All of the pieces came out with a buttery flawless finish


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Finished Piece


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  • I have used one hour enamel in 2 projects now turned out beautifully. I am using the 0ne Hour Wise Owl Enamel in the color Carbon with a cling on brush and getting a few brush strokes. Is there snowing I can do?

    Catherine Walker

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