Frequently Asked Questions about Chalk Paint™
What is Chalk Paint™?
Take a look at our About Chalk Paint™ page.
Does Chalk Paint™ really stick to everything?
You will be amazed at what Chalk Paint™ can stick to! You can achieve amazing results on all kinds of surfaces, such as wood, plastic, glass, metal, etc., without the usual preparation of priming and sanding required with other paints.
We like to say that Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint™ will stick to "virtually" every surface. On occasion, you may encounter a surface that gives you some trouble. Usually a good wipe or a quick layer of shellac will take care of any issue you are having, and you can continue on with your painting.
Is Chalk Paint™ made with chalk?
No. Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan is called Chalk Paint™ because of it's matte finish, not because of it's ingredients.
Is Chalk Paint™ the same as chalkboard paint?
No. You can certainly write on Chalk Paint™ with chalk if you would like to, but it was not created with the intention of solely creating chalkboard finishes.
Is Chalk Paint™ worth the cost?
It really is. We don't just say this because we sell Chalk Paint™, we say this because we use it on a daily basis and have been continually impressed with it's results in comparison to other paints. A one quart tin of Chalk Paint™ costs $49.95 and covers 150 square feet. Our sample pots, which are only 4 fl. ounces cover approximately 18 square feet, and are only $15.00 each. Chalk Paint™ dries quickly, covers extensively, is safe for the environment, and has extremely low VOC's and virtually no odor.
You also save money on primer, sanding supplies and stripping agents by using Chalk Paint™, rather than ordinary paint. We think that all of these features make Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan a product that has incredibly high value for it's price point.
Can I repaint my piece if I change my mind on colour or finish?
Absolutely! You can always repaint your piece with a new colour of Chalk Paint™ - you can paint right over the wax or the paint itself.
Do I have to wax my piece?
Some pieces should be waxed, some shouldn't, and some don't need to be. As a rule of thumb, we recommend waxing pieces to give them a protective finish - this is great for pieces that you know will be handled, get grubby, and need a regular wipe down.
We don't recommend waxing outdoor projects - the wax can melt in the heat of the sun. Chalk Paint™ is tough enough on it's own when it's cured to withstand rain, sleet, snow, and sun.
You can choose to wax or not wax based on the look, feel, and finish you want for your project. The best way to learn about Wax and Chalk Paint™ decorative paint Wax by Annie Sloan is to come into the studio and take a workshop with us.
Is it difficult to use the wax?
Waxing should be easy, it shouldn't feel like a lot of work. Most people want to use too much wax in the beginning. We suggest brushing or wiping a small amount of clear wax onto your piece, then wiping away the excess wax with a clean, lint-free cloth. Don't overwork the wax - simply wipe off the excess using very little pressure. You can buff or brush your wax to the desired sheen after you've removed excess wax. Work in small sections so that you can keep track of where you've waxed and where you haven't. Less is more! Your project should not feel sticky, wet, or tacky after your finished waxing.
This is a very brief introduction to using wax - book a workshop to learn more.
How long does the paint and wax take to cure?
Different conditions, such as temperature, humidity, and application technique, will effect how long the paint and wax take to dry. The paint dries within 20 minutes, so you can do multiple coats in a short period of time. We suggest leaving wax overnight, before applying your second coat. The wax and paint will fully cure within approximately 28 days, providing a safe, durable finish.
Do I need to use clear wax before I apply dark wax?
Clear wax seals your paint colour and helps you control how much dark wax you want on your piece. If you put dark wax on unsealed Chalk Paint™ it will permanently stain and change the original colour of your paint. If you have a base of clear wax, underneath your dark wax, you can use clear wax to remove any excess dark wax you may have applied. This technique gives you the opportunity to play with the coverage and styling you want for your dark wax.
I'm seeing bleed-through on my project, what should I do?
There are times when you may encounter bleed-through with a project. This is easy to fix. You can just use shellac, like Zinsser Bullseye, to block stains and bleed-through. You can either shellac your entire piece or just the areas where you're experiencing bleed-through. Shellac will also help block out funky smells that you may not want. Once the shellac is dry, continue painting as you were.
Can I create a modern, smooth finish with Chalk Paint™?
Yes! Chalk Paint™ is incredible in it's versatility and it's possible to create modern, smooth finishes without brush marks. Feel free to book a workshop if you'd like to learn more about this technique.
Can I paint fabric with Chalk Paint™?
Yes, you can! Because Chalk Paint™ is heavily pigmented it can be used to paint and dye fabric with amazing results. Painting and dying fabric will give you two different results. We usually suggest dying porous fabrics and painting non or less-porous fabrics.
You can paint and wax your fabric if you prefer a leather-like look and feel. Simply paint and wax as you would your regular pieces, but be aware that it may take a little more paint than usual as the paint will soak into the fabric.
To dye your fabric, wet it first and then brush on your dilution of paint and water (mixed well). The paint will need to soak into the fabric and dry before applying your second coat (if desired). You can even throw fabrics into a bucket of paint and water and dye them that way.
Fabric dying is the perfect way to use up leftover Chalk Paint™, or even your dirty brush water!
What kind of brush do I need to use for Chalk Paint™?
Although you can use any paintbrush you'd like, we generally recommend using a good-quality, natural bristle brush for best results. Annie Sloan's Pure Bristle Brushes are an excellent choice for applying Chalk Paint™ and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Waxes. They give you the ability to paint expressively and freely as they hold lots of paint, are comfortable to hold and very easy to work with. We also carry a fabulous synthetic Annie Sloan brush that we often use to obtain flat, brush-stroke-free results.
We carry a variety of brushes and accessories to make it easy for you to use Chalk Paint™ to it's best potential. Please visit our collection for more product information.
For other FAQ's about Chalk Paint decorative paint by Annie Sloan please visit the official Chalk Paint™ website.