How to Use Chalk Paint® F.A.Q
How do I know how much Chalk Paint® to use?
- One litre of Chalk Paint® covers approximately 13 square metres, or the equivalent of a small dresser.
How many coats of Paint are recommended?
- One to two coats of paint are usually enough.
- Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, and there is rarely any need to sand or prime before painting.
How do I prepare the Paint for use?
- To get started, tip the paint pot upside down and shake before use. Then open and stir well. If paint is too thick just add a little water and stir.
- For the best results, we recommend a Chalk Paint® Brush to apply the paint.
Can I mix different colours to create my own?
- Yes! We recommend Annie Sloan's Instructional Books.
What do I use for a finish/protective layer?
- Always finish Chalk Paint® with either Chalk Paint® Wax or Lacquer for protection.
- You can paint Chalk Paint® straight over Chalk Paint® Wax without removing the prior finish.
Is Chalk Paint® a good solution for total beginners?
- Yes! Chalk Paint® is an incredibly versatile and accessible product that even beginners can use.
- We also host an array of Chalk Paint Workshops and Classes including Beginners Chalk Paint® Workshops, Paint your Own Piece of Furniture Workshops and Decorative Paint Classes. Learn more here.
TIPS FOR USING CHALK PAINT ON DIFFERENT SURFACES
- Use a large brush to apply Chalk Paint® to walls; such as the Large Flat Brush No. 60.
- You can then wax the wall or leave it – bedroom walls look great with a soft, matte unwaxed finish.
- Chalk Paint® can re-invigorate old brass and other metal fixtures and fittings.
- Any rusting areas should be sanded and treated with a rust inhibitor before painting.
- Chalk Paint® can transform old concrete and wooden floors, even if they’re varnished.
- Always test the paint and lacquer together on a few areas of the floor before you start, to check whether any stains will bleed through.
- Apply two or three coats of Chalk Paint® and finish with Chalk Paint® Lacquer for durability.
- On horizontal surfaces and garden furniture, use Chalk Paint® Lacquer.
- Depending on the look you want and the site-specific conditions you may find it needs a fresh coat periodically as it is a water-based decorative paint.
- Make sure Cabinets are very clean without using harsh chemicals before painting. Any residue oils left from kitchen-use will affect the finish.
- Apply at least two coats of paint, and then two or three coats of Chalk Paint® Wax or Chalk Paint® Lacquer to seal and protect them.
- Test your cabinets first with both paint and lacquer.
Please note - all information here is resourced from Annie Sloan Interiors LTD Chalk Paint.