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Easy-to-use paint!

Traditional Empire is a paint for wooden furniture in interior spaces. Empire is easy to apply and levels well. When smooth, it forms a beautiful semi-matt surface.

The paint is solvent-borneTool: sprayTool: brush
The coverage of the paint on rough surfaces
The coverage of the paint on smooth surfaces

Beautiful surface

Gelatinous Empire is particularly suitable for brush application. It does not sag and levels well.  When smooth, it forms a beautiful semi-matt surface.

Pick your colour

Empire is designed for interior use on wood, chipboard, and hardboard surfaces. The product can be tinted according to Tikkurila’s interior colour cards; standard black is also available.

Tikkurila Oyj
(Previous date 31.10.2006)

Empire - Furniture Paint

Thixotropic alkyd paint for interior use.
Product features
For interior use. Empire levels well and ensures a smooth finish. Empire is ideal for brush application.
Recommended uses
Free-standing interior furniture. Wood, chipboard, fibreboard and hardboard surfaces according to instructions.

The paint is semi-matt The paint is solvent-borne Tool: spray Tool: brush
The coverage of the paint on rough surfaces
The coverage of the paint on smooth surfaces
Base paints
A and C
Colour Range
Tikkurila Symphony 2436 colour card.
Gloss grade
10-12 m2/l.
Can sizes
Base paints: 0,225 l, 0,9 l, 2,7 l, 9 l
Empire Black: 1 l, 1/3 l
White Spirit 1050 and Spray Thinner 1032
Application method
Brush or spray.
Drying time at 23°C and 50% relative air humidity

 Dust dry after 3 hours, re-coatable after 24 hours.

Wash resistance
Good with all ordinary cleaning detergents.
Chemical resistance
Resists Turpentine, White Spirit and Methylated Spirit, does not resist e.g. Thinner.
Oil and grease resistance
Resists vegetable and animal fats, lubricating oils and greases.
Solids volume
50 % White
1.2 kg/l White, ISO 2811
Unaffected by cold storage or transportation. Badly closed or short cans endure badly long-time storage.
Product code

Application conditions
The surface to be painted must be dry, the temperature of the air at least +5°C, and the relative humidity of the air below 80%.
New unpainted surfaces:
Clean dirt, dust and grease from unpainted surfaces. Prime with Jehu Wood Primer or Otex Primer.

Previously painted surfaces:
Wash down previously painted surfaces with Cleaning Agent (Maalipesu), rinse carefully with water and allow to dry well. Remove loose paint with scraper and sand the whole surface. Remove sanding dust. Fill holes and cracks with Presto Furniture Putty or Alkyd Putty. Prime, if necessary, with Jehu Wood Primer or Otex Primer.
Empire does not need to be stirred before use. If you have to stir Empire - e.g. when thinning - let the paint become gelatinous before application. For brush application, thin Empire with White Spirit 1050 and for spray application with Spray Thinner 1032. Apply by brush or spray 1-2 times.
Cleaning of tools
Clean tools with White Spirit 1050 or Tikkurila Pensselipesu (Tool Cleaner).
Maintenance instructions
Earliest after one month from painting: Clean dirty surfaces with a neutral detergent solution (pH 6-8) using for example a brush, sponge or a cleaning cloth. For very dirty surfaces use weak alkaline detergent solution (pH 8-10) using a sponge or a cleaning cloth. Rinse the surface well.

The surface achieves its final hardness and durability after one month under normal conditions, therefore the surface should be handled with care during that time. If the surfaces need to be cleaned soon after finishing, use a smooth brush or a damp cloth to clean the surface.

The surface achieves its final hardness and durability after one month under normal conditions, therefore the surface should be handled with care during that time. Use smooth brush, damp cloth or mop to clean the surface, if it is necessary.
Maintenance treatment
Maintenance painting:
Surfaces painted with Empire can be maintenance painted with same kind of solvent-borne paint. See Preparation.

according to Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008
Contains: Naphtha, hydro-treated heavy FLAMMABLE. Use only in well-ventilated areas. Do not breathe vapour/spray. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show this container or label. Keep out of the reach of children. Contains ethyl methyl ketoxime and cobalt octoate. May produce an allergic reaction.A Safety Data Sheet is available on request.
Safety data sheet

Avoid spillage into drains, water systems and soil. Recycle empty, dry cans or dispose them of in accordance with local regulations. Destroy liquid waste according to the local regulations for hazardous waste. Ympäristöseloste
ADR/RID: 3 III Drums/vessels < 450 litres: not subject to ADR because of high viscosity
sre300412 / niear020512 / lko291006 / 550-s


Feel the Color colour card

This colour card shows the 263 colours of the Tikkurila Feel the Color collection. The colour names are evocative and lead your selection.

Feelings colour chips

Our popular Feelings colour chip selection offers an inspiring framework for selecting the colours for your home. Interior design and colour professionals have created basic styles that differ from one another and through which you can reflect your personality and test what feels right for you. It is easy to approach interior design through the style you select. Now you can use colour to decorate like a professional.

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Consumption varies depending on the surface to be treated and its condition. Absorption is affected e.g. by the surface roughness, moisture content level of timber and porosity. For example, log surface that has been untreated for a long time takes a lot more wood finish than a new surface to be treated.

When calculating the consumption, note that the consumption for round logs is 1.5 times higher than normal. Please also note the corner joints in the surface area.

Rounding up

As the filling rate is usually 90% (space for tinting), it is good to round up the liter amounts and reserve enough of the product so that the work is not interrupted unnecessarily, and colour will be even.