Chalk Paint® FAQ
What is Chalk Paint®?
Chalk Paint® is a line of beautiful, highly sought-after, decorative paint created by Annie Sloan.
What makes Chalk Paint® so special?
Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint® is special for many reasons!
One of our favorite Chalk Paint® facts is that no stripping, priming, or sanding is usually necessary before beginning your painting project. Chalk Paint® will easily adhere over wax, polys and varnish, so no need to worry! Just a simple dusting or cleaning is normally the only prep you will need to do prior to painting. (Occasionally, certain pieces might require a little sanding, especially if there are jagged edges, rust, or other surface debris.)
Another great feature is that Chalk Paint® is not exclusively for furniture. Try it out on metal, brick, leather, even fabric! For walls, on floors, furniture, home decor items -- this high-quality and versatile paint is the perfect match for nearly all surfaces!
Painting with Chalk Paint® is effortless, fun, and very rewarding. Do-It-Yourself Chalk Paint® projects are not only huge money-savers, but are also very enjoyable!
We always feel great after completing our Chalk Paint® projects because the finishes are durable and beautiful.
How many Chalk Paint® colors are there?
Chalk Paint® is currently offered in 35 gorgeous colors. Don’t see the exact color you’d like? Not a problem! Chalk Paint® can easily be blended to create any custom color. The color-blending possibilities are endless!
*Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by our store if you need color consulting. We have been trained in the Annie Sloan Method and are happy to help in your color-making decisions!
What is the best way to apply Chalk Paint®?
Chalk Paint® is typically applied liberally by brush. Visible brush strokes in the finish is a common Chalk Paint® look.
Tip the can upside down and shake before use. To get started, open and stir well. If the paint is too thick, just add a little water by spritzing with a spray bottle of water. We recommend that the Chalk Paint® is the consistency of milk, if it thicken up when exposed to air, just spritz in some water and stir.
How much Chalk Paint® do I need for my next project?
As a rough guide, one quart of Chalk Paint® covers approximately 150 square feet, or the equivalent of a small dresser. Of course, this will vary depending on how many coats of paint you use to cover your piece. A sample size jar will cover about 15 square feet, but also is a great choice when you want to create another color with leftover paint.
Why am I having trouble covering my furniture/decor item with the Chalk Paint® color Pure White?
Pure White may require more than two coats to ensure sufficient coverage. Pure White lacks pigment therefore might require a couple more layers in order to successfully transform your project. We suggest applying a base coat of one of the colors that cover really well (like Country Grey, Old Ochre or Paris Grey) before using Pure White, especially over darker or brighter colors.
Is Graphite Chalk Paint® a true black?
The Chalk Paint® palette doesn’t include a true black. Graphite is nearly black, but less simple and hard, and more mellow and sophisticated. You can create a darker appearance to Graphite by first applying a layer of Aubusson Blue. Follow with a coat of Graphite. When the paint is dry, apply Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax.
Tip: Mix a bit of Aubusson Blue into the wax to make it appear more black than brown.
What is the easiest way to distress my finish for a more aged look?
With Chalk Paint®, distressing is no longer an arduous chore. Most finishes are best when just a bit of paint is evenly rubbed away here and there using fine grit sandpaper. This will be easier to do if you apply Annie Sloan Soft Wax first. The Soft Wax will reduce any sanding dust, and help keep your workspace clean.
Why is my Chalk Paint® finish is cracking? What do I do?
While cracking and/or blistering of a Chalk Paint® finish is not a common occurrence, it can happen. The main reasons for paint failure after application tend to be the applicator or improper treatment of the surface. Peeling or blistering of the paint can be attributed to harsh cleaners or consistent moisture in both the substrate and environment. To prevent the Chalk Paint® from peeling, avoid using any strong chemical cleaners and make sure that your piece is in an atmosphere that would allow the finish to dry. Cracking tends to occur when the coats of paint are not allowed to dry completely before the next coat is applied. Exposing the finish to high heat, like strong sunshine or a blow dryer, can also result in cracking. On the other side of the spectrum, cold weather can crack the Chalk Paint®'s surface. Cracking is also caused when the surface was previously cleaned with a spray furniture polish containing dimethicone (a silicone that can cause cracks to appear in paint layers). For all causes, the solution to these issues is to sand the affected areas, seal the surface with one or two thin coats of shellac, then once dry, reapply your Chalk Paint® layer.
Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax safe for use on children's furniture?
Absolutely! Both Chalk Paint® and Annie Sloan Soft Wax are safe to use on furniture meant for baby and child use. However, before putting the furniture to use, please allow the Soft Wax to cure for a minimum of 14 days. Samples of Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax have been independently tested and certified as "Toy Safe" according to strict European regulations (BS EN 71-3:2013).
Annie Sloan cares about your health. While there are no inherently harmful ingredients in Soft Wax, as an extra precautionary measure, we advise that expectant mothers have someone else apply the Soft Wax.