2 –  Wax to seal…a little goes a long way

Wax is your topcoat and sealer, and a little goes a long way. Apply a thin layer of clear wax in small sections (you can use a rag, but a wax brush definitely is worth the investment) then immediately, and gently wipe off all excess with a clean, lint-free cloth. It’s probably going to seem like you’re wiping all the wax off, but you’re not. If your piece feels tacky at all, keep wiping, or switch to a new cloth, yours might be saturated with wax.

Think of it like skin moisturizer, you can only put on enough for it to soak in, too much and it just sits there.

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4 – Too thick?

If you find your paint is too thick, you can thin it with water!

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint is a touch thicker than latex paint, and is made to show brush strokes. It’s also how you can achieve so many different decorative finishes. If you prefer to thin your paint a bit before using it just add a little water.

This is also how to create a washed look with paint. For a more in-depth tutorial on color washes go here.

6 – No prep?

Every once in a while we’ll be working on a piece and for some reason the paint just doesn’t want to adhere in places. Most of the time when this occurs it has been cleaned with Pledge (which resists paint) or some other commercial furniture polish. Don;t panic, there’s an easy fix! Once the paint has dried in that area apply a thin coat of Zinsser Clear Shellac in that stubborn area. Clear shellac is best, not a primer with shellac in it. It dries in minutes, then you can paint right over top of it.

This product is also perfect for when you have bleed through coming through your paint. Some woods, such as 1940’s mahogany, are prone to bleeding. It comes through as a hot pink, or brown color. Apply two thin coats of the shellac, allowing it to dry in between coats (about 15 minutes), and then continue painting.

 

9 – Upkeep

If it’s a piece that gets a lot of traffic you may see a little wear on the finish. No worries, just reapply the wax! You can’t do that with other topcoats, which is one of the things that makes the waxes so versatile. Keep in mind that the wax takes up to 30 days to fully cure depending on temperature and humidity, so please use your piece a little “gently” until then. Any scuffs can usually be buffed out with a little more wax.

Try to stay away from commercial cleaners when cleaning your painted surfaces, a little soap and water usually does the trick. We’ve also had good results with natural cleaners if you need something with a bit more oompf.

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1-  No Priming, No Sanding, No Prep

Chalk Paint is often referred to as “no prep” paint.  And honest it really is. The paint will adhere to any surface you put it on with no problem. No sanding or stripping is necessary. We do suggest cleaning your piece before painting with a mild soap and water. Most things we find are dirty and greasy after years of use so take a scrubby sponge and some dish soap and water and get rid of the grime.

You should also check for loose veneer and other damage. If you need to fill them we suggest Wood Icing. Then just paint on two thin, even coats, letting them dry about 30 minutes, dependent upon humidity and temperature.

 

3 – Apply Clear Wax before Dark

If you’re going to finish your piece with Dark Wax you need to apply a coat of Clear Wax first. If you apply the Dark Wax alone it will sit in the pores of the paint and stain it. You’ll have a difficult time controlling how “dark” you make it as well. This works best if you use the Dark Wax immediately (or very shortly) after applying the Clear Wax.  The fresh Clear Wax makes it easier to move and control the Dark Wax.

If you put Dark Wax on, and decide it’s darker than you want, you can always rub or brush a little Clear Wax over the Dark and it will remove the Dark Wax.

5 – Don’t use wax on outdoor pieces

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can be used on outdoor pieces, but you should not wax them. They actually require no topcoats whatsoever. We have done several pieces have several pieces that have been outside for several years and the paint has not chipped or worn off.

Let the paint cure and harden for a full 24 hours before letting it out in the harsh elements for the best results.

8 – You’ve changed your mind

If you paint and wax a piece, then decide later you want to paint it a different color, you can paint a new coat of Chalk Paint directly over the existing wax. No stripping or sanding is needed so long as the wax is fully cured (which takes about 30 days). If it’s been less than 30 days simply wipe down your piece with odorless mineral spirits (available at any hardware store) and a clean cloth. Let it dry for about 45 minutes, and then get to painting!

 

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