Chalk paint is relatively easy to apply and is widely used in a variety of surfaces from extensive makeovers to even small projects. It is an easy to handle paint with minimal complications and for starters, the following tips from professional painting experts will be very helpful to getting it correctly the first time.
A no-prep paint.
In as much as this proves true, it useful to bear in mind that the result largely depends on the base work. It is possible to apply paint on walls or ceiling without preparation work. Dirt filled surfaces may also lead to a non-adherence of the paint on the wall. The prep work is a good base for the chalk paint to realize significant results and hence always a recommendation, but it is possible to get away with not engaging in the prep work at all.
A Little bit of waxing is appropriate.
Waxing the surfaces in the process of application of Chalk paint does the job well. Be sure to have the wax scooped on a paper plate to avoid contamination of the other portion with bristles or paint itself. Apply clear wax in tiny amounts by employing the use of a wax brush the removing the excess wax from the surfaces. For waxing before chalk paint, there are no limitations to the clear wax in surface sealing. Wax is the most commonly talked about sealer but for stronger sellers there exist other varieties of sealers.
Clear wax proceeds the darker wax.
Dark wax alone is capable of contaminating the surface making it difficult to control the resultant dark look. Therefore, when the wax is necessary, the paint goes first followed by the clear wax and eventually the dark wax. For great results, the dark wax should follow the clear wax almost immediately because of the ease to control the black wax after that. In case the black wax happens to be difficult, application of clear wax and then rubbing helps tone down on the darkness.
Thinning thick paint with water
Chalk paint is naturally thick and made to expose brush strokes as well. For homeowners who prefer thin coats, the addition of water helps solve the thickness issue.
No Wax on outside wall surfaces.
The paint does well on the outside surfaces but not the wax aspect of it. The color experts advise on leaving the chalk paint unsealed after the paint application. However, for extreme weather conditions, it is advisable to employ the use of an outdoor finisher to increase the durability of the chalk paint but not the wax, as it is not likely to stay long enough.
The Do’s of a non-sticking paint.
Occasionally, the paint might not be adhering to the surfaces to which it is applied, usually occurs due to different reasons, some of which could be the original underlying color is just not acting nicely to the modern paint or the surfaces might have been cleaned with agents that do not handle new paint.
The solution is simple, and it involves spraying of the stubborn surface spot with the Zinsser Bulls Eye Shellac. It is very efficient in spots primed. It dries fast and painting continues just frequently. If a large surface happens to be stubborn, then sanding does a larger spray primer such as the Zinsser Bulls Eye 123. However, not a very common occurrence.
Painting over the wax is impossible.
It is impractical and impossible to apply another chalk paint over the already painted and waxed surface, calling for certainty in the type of chalk paint color before deciding on it. Sanding and stripping are unnecessary as long as the wax is dry.
Sealing with wax calls for occasional waxing.
The reality about waxing is that it is not a permanent finish for respective surfaces. If the surface worsens, one experiences a lot of traffic.
Buffing for a shiny finish.
After waxing and the desire for a more glossy finish is still insatiable, buffing does the job. Use a piece of cloth or a soft brush to buff the surface back and forth until it shines as desired.