Guilder Paste can be applied as-is to clean, dry, oil-free surfaces with a cloth, cotton swab, sponge, your finger… or thin it with paint thinner to create a paste, paint, stain or wash. Smooth surfaces should be slightly roughened with fine grit sandpaper or steel wool before application. Gilders Paste dries to the touch in 10-15 minutes and completely dries in 12 hours with no tacky residue. One tin of Gilders Paste covers over 30 square feet of surface area. Choose from 9 UV resistant colors which can be layered to create stunning & unique finishes & textures!