Good Bones Paint

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.

1. Superior bonding capabilities 

2. Dynamic, custom-designed color palette

3. Cures to a durable finish

4. Fast drying (but allow approximately 20 days to fully cure)

5. Zero VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compound)

6. 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 (again, this takes about 20 days.) 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!

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.

What do you mean ‘no priming’?

Because Good Bones was designed well and has great coverage, you can paint on *raw wood, metal, and most other surfaces. Have at it. Good Bones is not a stain-blocking primer, although for most surfaces it is self-priming.

Old wood can have tannins, water damage, and even nicotine stains, among other things. Very rarely, an old stain can bleed through your wet paint. If this happens, a stain-blocking primer is then recommended. If you’re not sure, do a small test on an inconspicuous place.

What about raw wood?

Good Bones can absolutely cover raw wood, but you need to do a light wash of color first. The wash is simple: add a little bit of paint to some water (looking for a milky consistency), lightly wipe over the raw wood, and let dry.

This will bond to the raw wood, allowing you to do a full coat after, which should be sufficient. No need to buy an extra primer.  

Truly no sanding?

Nope! Good Bones was designed to STICK.

On high gloss surfaces you can do light sanding, which will allow the paint to “grab on” faster. However, it’s not necessary if you give it longer to dry before using. High gloss = longer drying time.

For the smoothest finish possible, you can sand lightly with a fine grit between coats. But in general, nope on sanding: only if you want to distress that thing or are going for a specific look.

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!

You may purchase Good Bones Paint in my shop or online.

Shangri-La Lane Wildflower Headboard
Vintage Headboard Refinished with Frond, by Good Bones Paint.
Good Bones Paint