FX Australia® Product Information

FX French Wash


FX French Wash is a unique acrylic-based coating using modern technology to create a delicate, two-tone classic French Provincial look that’s matt when dry. Various application methods can produce a range of effects, and the coating can also be used to create traditional marble effects.

Product Description



Attractive Finish

Smooth Finish



Ease of application

Easy spreading

Easy clean-up


FX French Wash produces many different special effects on all prepared interior surfaces such as plaster and plasterboard, and on bagged and rendered walls.

Surface Preparation

All surfaces must be thoroughly cleaned and free of dirt, dust, grease, loose or flaking paint, and loose surface plaster. Efflorescence or mould on masonry or concrete surfaces must be treated. Flatten gloss surfaces by thoroughly sanding and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Then apply FX Lemon Tree Creek® Sealer Undercoat as required. Follow with two coats of FX Lemon Tree Creek® Semi-Gloss, white or tinted. Apply FX French Wash when base paint is completely dry.


Stir contents thoroughly before and during use with a broad, flat stirrer, using an upward action, or ideally use a power- driven mixing paddle.

Brush/Roller: Use a 75 mm or 100 mm brush or a short or long nap roller to apply the first coat. While still wet, use a rag rolling technique with a cheesecloth, sea sponge, or brush in a criss-cross motion to produce the desired effect. Several coats can be applied to achieve different finishes, but ensure first coat is dry before proceeding to further applications.

Note: Always keep a wet edge and work in a random, zigzag motion from top to bottom.

For a traditional marble effect, brush on two different colours in a random zigzag pattern. Smear the two colours together using a cheesecloth; this is the marble base. Next, dip a feather into a different colour and draw the tip diagonally over the surface to form veins. Repeat feathering until satisfied. Simple, uncomplicated feathering is best. We suggest that novice applicators practice this technique before commencing a project. To protect, apply one coat of FX Super Matt Clear.

Note: FX Scumble may be added to the paint to slow down drying time for large areas and during hot or humid weather

conditions. Add no more than 10%.

Approximate Spreading Rate:

16 square metres per litre, depending on application technique and surface roughness.

Approximate Film Thickness per coat:

Wet: 45 Microns; Dry: 20 Microns.


1 coat for a simple French Wash finish.


Not usually required.


Refer to colour chart for tinting specifications.


Brush, roller, sponge, rag rolling, cheesecloth or feather.

Drying Times (at 25 °C): Touch: (at 25 °C): Touch: 2 Hours; Recoat: Not usually required.

Clean-up: Water. Safety: Dust Mask. Gloss Level: Less than 5% at a 60° viewing angle.

Note: Do not apply paint if the air temperature or substrate temperature is below 10 °C or above 35 °C. The temperature should not fall below 10 °C during the drying process.

Safety and environmental care


Personal Protection:

Wear eye protection and dust mask when spraying, as splashes may cause eye irritation and inhalation of spray mist may cause respiratory irritation.

Asbestos cement sheeting:

Do not disturb, sand or scrub, and avoid any peripheral dust. If you do not have professional expertise in the handling/removal of asbestos sheeting, use a licensed asbestos removalist.

Refer to product labels, current FX Australia Safety Data Sheets or call FX Australia for detailed information.


Slippery when spilled·

Restrict access to area until clean-up is completed · When cleaning up spills, use personal protection equipment · Stop leak if safe to do so and contain spill with absorbent material such as sand, vermiculite or other inert material · Prevent spill from entering waterways · Collect and dispose of spilled material according to local regulations · Wash away remnants with liberal amounts of cold water.


Store in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place out of direct sunlight · Store away from strong acids and moisture · Keep containers closed at all times and check regularly for spills.


Refer to State/Territory Land Waste Management Authority: most authorities permit disposal at approved land waste sites.

Date of Issue: March 2014

About Us

Australian manufacturer of premium quality speciality paints, architectural & protective coatings and a range of innovative joint & topping compounds.

FX Australia is proudly Australian-owned and Australian-made. We’ve created unique, award-winning paint and plaster finishes for local and international top-drawer brands and design teams and turned many a professional’s concept into reality.


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