Frequently Asked Questions:

What is Good Bones paint?

Good Bones is a high-quality, DIY-friendly, eco-conscious finishing product for many types of surfaces. It has been formulated by a team of designers, artists, chemists and experienced, commercial painters to perform as not only an introductory paint for curious Do It Yourself-ers but also for professional painters and contractors alike.


What makes Good Bones so special?

Good Bones is that sweet combo of brawn and beauty.

  • Superior bonding capabilities (No sanding or priming required!)

  • Dynamic, custom designed color palette

  • Cures to a durable finish (No top-coat or sealer needed!)

  • Zero VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound)

  • Dries quickly

  • Designed and made in Virginia


Is Good Bones ‘chalk paint’?

Sort of. But better.

We have been working with ‘chalk-type’ paints for some time and kept finding things about it that we loved and things we wanted to – ahem - change. Good Bones has that lovely, ultra-matte, chalk finish and the body of ‘chalk-type’ paints. But… Good Bones is made with high-tech polymers that are made to stick and withstand some abuse once cured. Good Bones also has 0 VOC’s, unlike other, similar products. All this being said, if you like working with ‘chalk-type’ paints, you will love Good Bones! 


How do I use Good Bones?

First you open the can. Then, stir it up. Brush or smear or spray or dip or spatter or wipe on or however you choose to apply the paint*.

Let dry.

You’re done.

Good job, you!

*Good Bones can be applied using a variety of techniques. We recommend using a synthetic bristle brush and a reasonable amount of paint brushed on in a rational manner for optimum results. But hey, it’s your paint, go crazy.


What do I need to do before I start painting my furniture/walls/floor/face?

Well, first off, don’t use Good Bones on your face. It’s going to be really hard to wash off. And it might be uncomfortable. Also, it’s not made for faces or any skin-type surfaces, for that matter.

You may want to spread out a drop cloth to protect the things you don’t want paint on. (Did I mention it’s hard to wash off?)

Good Bones can be used inside and it won’t add any VOC’s to your air. However, we still recommend some fresh air while you’re painting.

Clean whatever you are painting with a mild soap and water solution. Good Bones will stick to pretty much anything and this includes the dust and dirt that’s on top of the wood/metal/plaster that you want painted. So, if you'd like it to stick to the good stuff underneath, clean off the grime. 

If you are painting something really glossy and slick, you may want to scuff sand with 220 grit sandpaper for added bonding amazement. This especially applies to floors. You don’t have to sand, but it might be wise in some circumstances (shiny plastic, thick urethane, powder-coated metal, glossy ceramic – you get the idea).

And remember, if you scrape, sand, or remove old paint, you may release lead dust. LEAD IS TOXIC. EXPOSURE TO LEAD DUST CAN CAUSE SERIOUS ILLNESS, SUCH AS BRAIN DAMAGE, ESPECIALLY IN CHILDREN. PREGNANT WOMEN SHOULD ALSO AVOID EXPOSURE. Wear a NIOSH approved respirator to control lead exposure. Clean up carefully with a HEPA vacuum and a wet mop. Before you start, find out how to protect yourself and your family by contacting the National Lead Information Hotline at 1-800-424-LEAD or log on to

We also suggest that you have some water and a rag on hand to wipe up stray paint while it’s still wet.

Oh- and you may want to wait on the glitter party until the paint is dry because glitter gets into everything. Everything.


What do I need to do while I am actively painting with Good Bones?

Other than have fun? I suppose you’ll want to keep your brush or rag moving…

Maybe put on some Black Keys or something.

Seriously though, experiment with techniques and you’ll find what works for you and the look you’re going for. If you miss a spot, it’s really easy to come back and touch it up.

Good Bones dries quickly –depending on conditions– so if you need a second coat, we recommend waiting half an hour (sometimes less is ok). That said, if you need to step away from your project, put your brush in some water or wrap it in a damp rag.

If you want your paint to go on thinner or function more like a ‘wash’, decant some paint into a suitable container and add water until desired consistency is reached. (Adding water may affect adhesion.)


What do I need to do after I am done painting?

Admire your handiwork!

If you spot some drippy bits, you can sand them down with 220 or 400 grit sandpaper and touch up the area.

If you want to glaze or add a glossy topcoat or wax your piece, we recommend waiting 4-6 hours before application.

It is important to note that Good Bones is self-sealing; It does not need any topcoat to be durable and highly water-resistant.

Good Bones dries quickly but may take up to three weeks to fully cure. Please bear this in mind when you’re putting your piece into use!


Can I paint something that’s going to stay outside?

Yes! Good Bones is formulated to be suitable for both exterior and interior applications. That said, Good Bones does not contain any fungicides typically found in exterior-grade paints. And because it cures super-hard, it may not expand and contract to the extent that some woods require when exposed to varying humidity outside. Our paint is made from the same main ingredient as train railcars, so it’s tough stuff!


What about painting something that’s going to stay inside?

That’s great too! Good Bones isn’t going to off-gas any harmful VOC’s and is ready for heavy use after it is fully cured (typically 20 days).

Also, you get to appreciate it everyday and that’s really what Good Bones is made for!


Should I let my kids get near this stuff?

We do. Not that it matters because we are those kinds of parents: letting our kids get dirty, make messes and paint their own furniture and whatnot.

Kids seem to really enjoy painting and with appropriate supervision, it could be a total family moment.

Our lawyers would like us to remind you at this juncture that we at Good Bones shall in no event be liable for indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages, so the limitations or exclusions contained in the below warranty* may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights which vary from state to state.

So, we can’t recommend that you let your kids go nuts with the paint and we can’t assume any responsibility if they paint themselves and the dog. Or eat the paint- which is not a healthy or safe choice.


How do I pick the perfect color?

Our color designer has formulated an amazing tried and true palette of fabulous colors. Our dealers have 8 in-stock colors and most can custom tint from our full Good Bones palette.

Good Bones can be custom-matched to just about any color. Just bring a color swatch or color name and number from almost any paint company, and our dealers can work with you to create your perfect color match. Most will also be able to match Good Bones to fabric, print material, or mystery paint!

At this time, we offer Good Bones in quart sizes only.


Where can I buy this stuff?

From these fine folks!


Where is Good Bones made?

Virginia. The same state where some other revolutionary, life-changing things were created, like the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. NBD.

Good Bones has teamed up with local chemists, designers, painting contractors, and a Virginia-based industrial paint manufacturer to develop what we think is the best paint out there. Our packaging and all of our marketing materials are designed in Virginia as well. Many of our colors have been inspired by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


And last, but not least, why is it called “Good Bones”?

So glad you asked.

Often designers, decorators, builders and architects talk about structures and furniture that have ‘good bones’. Meaning that if something is well-made from quality materials and embodies good design it has value and is often worth preserving. Good Bones paint is a high-quality paint that has been designed to to enhance those things that have ‘good bones’ themselves. Also, one of the main ingredients in Good Bones is, in fact, a bone-strengthening dietary supplement! (But seriously, don’t eat the paint.)



*Our Warranty:

We warrant satisfactory results if used according to manufacturer’s directions. If not satisfied, return the unused portion to place of purchase with sales receipt. Material will be replaced or purchase price will be refunded. Since we have no control over surface preparation or application, THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT INCLUDE THE COST OF LABOR FOR APPLICATION OF PAINT.