FAQs Chalk Paint® Decorative Paint by Annie Sloan

Chalk Paint® decorative paint

Chalk Paint® decorative paint is an amazing paint and extremely fun and easy to work with, but everyone has questions.

We’ve done our best to answer some of the most common Chalk Paint® questions here.

Q. Should I sand my piece before painting with Chalk Paint®?

A. Only in rare situations where you need to remove loose paint, rust or other debris from the surface. Other than that you can expect Chalk Paint® to adhere to almost any surface without the need for any sanding or priming. Also, make sure you clean the piece well before you begin painting.

Q.What type of paint brush should I use with Chalk Paint®?

A. You’re going to want to use a good quality brush. For best results use a long and flexible pure bristle brush. This type of brush will allow you to be more expressive with your work and the paint will flow well, minimizing brush strokes. The medium sized round Annie Sloan paint brush is an extremely durable, versatile brush which we use frequently and recommend.

Q. Can you offer any color mixing suggestions for my project?

A. Stop in and visit our Shoppe at 2 Market Sq. Newburyport, MA and we’ll be glad to help you decide on the perfect color(s) for project. If you don’t live close to us you might want to check out this great paint mixing tool. Simply choose 2-3 Chalk Paint® colors you are thinking of mixing and it will give you an approximate outcome.

Q. Do I need to take any special steps when preparing to paint unfinished furniture?

A. If you plan to paint over new, untreated wood, you need to beware any wood knots or open grains. These wood knots and open grains contain tannins, which will continue to bleed through your paint layers. To prevent this from happening, simply go over the untreated wood with a coat or two of clear shellac. Once the shellac dries you can begin applying layers of Chalk Paint®.

Q. Can Chalk Paint® be applied to walls?

A. Absolutely! Chalk Paint® is a great way to make your space more interesting by adding depth to your walls with different color combinations or a bit of texture. You can apply the paint with a roller or brush just as you would with a latex paint. It is fine to let the paint dry and simply leave it as is, but if you are looking for a more polished look you can apply a thin layer of clear soft wax.

Q. Can Chalk Paint® be used over finishing products such as linseed oil?

A. Any product that is used to restore natural moisture to wood without covering the grain might not be receptive to new paint unless it has completely worn off over time. To be safe first apply one or two coats of clear shellac, which is a non-toxic natural sealer. Once the shellac dries you can safely apply Chalk Paint®.

Q. Is it safe to paint the counter tops and back splash in my kitchen with Chalk Paint®?

A. When you think of counter tops and back splashes you really want a surface that is 100 percent non-porous to prevent cross contamination. Because of this it is not recommended that Chalk Paint® be used in these places even with a coat of Annie Sloan Soft Wax. Even when the wax is fully cured it will never be 100 percent non-porous and even though it may look clean, it probably isn’t.

Q.How do I prevent the original stain on my piece from bleeding through my new paint layer?

A. This is actually a common occurrence especially when painting over old pieces of furniture from the 1930s or 1940s. What has happened is that the original finish has worn off leaving the underlying stain exposed. The stain will continue to bleed through your paint layers regardless of how many coats you apply. If you have already started painting and notice this is happening, stop painting and allow the last layer to dry. Then apply one or two coats of clear shellac over the areas that are giving you trouble. Allow the shellac to dry and then continue with your layers of Chalk Paint®.

Q.Is it possible to paint over the layer of Soft Wax if I change my mind about the color later?

A. Absolutely! You can change your mind anytime, regardless of whether or not you’ve applied Soft Wax. One of the great things about Chalk Paint® decorative paint and products like Annie Sloan Soft Wax is that you can change your mind anytime. Just apply one or two layers of Chalk Paint® over the wax finish and then reseal with a new layer of Soft Wax to finish.

Q.I’m painting my kitchen furniture, but the paint doesn’t seem to be bonding in some areas. What am I doing wrong?

A. As with any other paint product, having a clean surface is extremely important. Consider that furniture in your kitchen is exposed to much more dirt and grime than other areas of your house. You can use mineral spirits on a rag to remove greasy, waxy residues from the surface prior to applying Chalk Paint®. However, we prefer to use denatured alcohol. Denatured alcohol is better at removing really tough spots of built up dirt and grime and it dries almost instantly. Denatured alcohol will also help you determine if there is any need to apply clear shellac to your piece before beginning your paint project. If the original finish is worn off you’ll notice stain on your rag indicating that the original finish is worn off. Make sure to wear a good pair of latex gloves when handling denatured alcohol because it is toxic. You can find denatured alcohol in any hardware store.

Q.How should I clean my brush when I’m finished painting?

A. Cleaning your brush after painting is very easy. To clean after using Chalk Paint® decorative paint, simply use dish soap and cold water. Never let your brush soak in water. Just clean the brush and dry with a towel. The brush will be damp for a while. Just set it aside and allow it to air dry.
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