Chalk paint is wonderful to use, so versatile, and I love the results of the matte finish. I was attracted to the idea of no stripping, sanding, or priming. I have taken some classes from our local stockist and have learned a few tips and tricks that I want to share. One thing that I learned is that cleaning the surface of your project is one of the most important steps. I have painted several pieces of furniture and I have found these steps to be the most important ones for superior results with Chalk Painting.
Nothing is worse than spending all the time and money on painting a pieces of furniture only to find that paint didn’t adhere correctly and your piece is a mess. Save yourself all the frustration and tears by following these three simple steps.
First step : Clean with a Scotch Brite Pad (the blue pad) cut in half so you have a nice size piece to work with, it makes it easier to get into corners. Soak the pad in mineral spirits (low oder) squeeze out the excess and scrub using the teflon side to remove grease and dirt
Second step: Spray with Krud Kuttter (can purchase at Home Depot in the paint department) or Simple Green to remove any left over grease and dirt.
Third Step: Mix a solution of half vinegar and water using equal parts of each. With a terry towel wipe your piece down to remove all the residue from the first two steps. This is important to do, I usually wipe it down twice with this solution and let it dry overnight before I start painting.
These 3 steps will ensure optimal adhesion, and save a lot of headaches and disappointment. Do it right the first time and you will enjoy your piece for years to come. I also have some great tips on waxing that I will share in another post.
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