I've used these paints-in both regular and specialty finishes and my advice to those who have had a hard time or to those who would like to attempt it on their own-Just have some patience! If you've not painted a great deal, you may have some difficulty, as this paint is made for its effect and for its color depth, not primarily for its ease of use. It is not a 1-coat paint by any means. That being said, if you like the suede or river rock finishes, careful application over a couple of days will work MUCH better than throwing it on in huge glops in one day. Use thin coats, and you won't see the results in your first coat, but you also won't go through 5 gallons for one room. The suede paint took about 3 days, with one rolled-on coat and 2 x'd coats. The best way to do this is to let each coat dry, step back and "x" more in the thinner spots. The effect is gorgeous and warm and is worth the extra time.