I first heard the word Teflon while watching a certain television shopping network at home. The hosts were describing the non-stick coating ability of a pan. I was beyond amazed. Eggs just slid around the pan and spaghetti sauce can easily be removed with water. In my mind, I think, “that is a breakthrough product for us, assigned dishwashers.“ I was eleven, don’t judge. Learning that the same surface protector technology can be used on walls to easily wipe off stains and food splatters, now that I’m an adult, I was more thrilled than I was ten years ago.
Yes, you read that right. If you’re tired of constantly repainting your walls due to hard-to-remove stains, Virtuoso is here to help.
Virtuoso Silk Touch is a 100% acrylic water-based paint that dries up to a luxurious silk finish thanks to its Teflon surface protector technology. Since it is water-based, it is low-odor and has low-VOC. More importantly, it is lead-free, helping the environment to cut down on unnecessary toxins. Working from inside the home, its antibacterial formula also helps protect walls from potentially harmful bacteria such as E. coli and Salmonella, so you have one less thing to worry about.
Virtuoso is best for areas with concrete or drywall surfaces in need of stain resistance, and makes it is easy to clean and has outstanding color retention as well.
How does the Teflon surface protector technology work?
With its Teflon surface protector technology, oil and dirt cannot easily stick to the walls, making it easy to wipe off common everyday stains. But how does it work? Let’s get technical. Taking notes from the Virtuoso website, this is how:
Because the molecules that make up Teflon have a strong bond, other molecules are unable to stick to it. Because of this property, various dirt and stains stay on the painted substrate’s surface, making them easy to remove. Furthermore, Teflon molecules continually migrate to the surface, making the technology work for years. As a result, Virtuoso Silk Touch maintains its attractive, rich-looking finish even after many cleaning cycles.
How about its antibacterial formulation?
When the applied paint coating has fully cured, the antibacterial additive provides microscopic needles that pierce through the bacteria cell wall that comes in contact with the surface, killing it immediately. Because this action is physical rather than chemical, the bacterial mutation does not progress, thus creating a healthy living space for you and your family.
How to use Virtuoso Silk Touch
A quick recap of the first and most important step before painting: proper surface preparation. Identify what kind of surface you’re going to paint, check its condition, and take it from there. We have written articles on how to prepare specific surfaces. Click on the link below to learn more.
Take note: Virtuoso is intended to use for interior surfaces such as concrete and drywall surfaces only.
For bare concrete:
For previously painted concrete:
For drywall surfaces:
Once you are done with the surface preparation, proceed to paint. Prime first the surface with Boysen Permacoat Flat Latex B-701, EcoPrimer B-105, or Chalk Blocker B-7304 as necessary. Wait two full hours for it to dry. Use Boysen Masonry Putty B-7311 to fill shallow holes and hairline cracks on the wall. For deeper imperfections up to 2mm thick, use Boysen PermaPutty . The putty will give the surface a smooth and even canvas so it’ll be easier for you to apply the topcoat later on. Finally, get your brush, roller, or airless spray and apply at least two coats of Virtuoso Silk Touch in your chosen color, with an hour interval in between coats. Allow two more hours for drying. To reach full stain resistance, let it cure for at least 7 days, untouched.
Use Virtuoso Silk Touch as supplied but if necessary, you may thin it with not more than 1/2 Liter of clean water per 4-Liter can.
Available Virtuoso Colors
Here are Virtuoso’s readily-available colors. But if you can’t find your preferred color here, you may mix it with Boysen Latex Colors at a maximum ratio of 1/4 Liter per 4-Liter can of paint. You may also visit the nearest Mix & Match paint mixing station and let the paint professionals do it for you once you feel safe to go out.
Now that you have a silk-like, easy to clean wall, you don’t have to worry about stains and splatters on your wall. Just take a used cloth and water or any household cleaner, and then wipe stains off with moderate pressure. And voila! It’s like nothing happened.
Are you excited to paint your walls with the silk touch of Virtuoso? Visit your nearest hardware store now! But don’t forget to wear your mask and face shield, okay? Stay safe!