Frequently Asked Questions
Chalk Paint FAQ's
1) What can you paint using totally chalked!?
You can paint just about anything.
Glass, ceramic, wood, metal, plastic, fabric, concrete, walls, leather.....even laminates!
Laminated surfaces may pose a little more of a challenge, but they can be painted very successfully. You may want to opt for a water-based primer first. If you are not sure about the wood, the piece's origin, especially if it is secondhand, we recommend you apply a primer. Not only will your paint go much further, but adhesion to shinier surfaces will also be far better.
2) How do you paint?
As the paint is fairly thick, you can add a little water as you paint. A little paint goes a long way. The longer the lid stays off, the thicker it will get. If you like a thinner look, add a little water and stir. Clean the item you want to paint very well. Paint a thin coat. The paint dries quickly. Some items will need a second coat. I prefer to leave an hour between coats, especially in our humid weather.
3) Can you paint the walls?
Absolutely! It is fun and easy.
4) Do you have to distress?
You do not have to distress. There is no right or wrong way. A single coat or a two can cover a piece of furniture, and it can be left without distressing. It is beautiful just the way it is.
5) How do you distress or get that worn look?
After painting your piece of furniture using 150 to 220 grit sandpaper on the edge sand, you are happy with the look.
totally chalked! paint distresses easily and quickly, leaving you with a beautifully worn look.
6) Is a sealer required?
No, once the paint has cured, after 30 days, it is durable just the way it is. You can paint and be done with it if you like the look.
7) Can you paint leather? Fabric?
Yes, it is perfect for both. Lightly mist your furniture with water. Do not saturate! Paint as normal. You may require a second coat. When dry, sand with 220 grit sanding sponge, your fabric will feel like leather.
8) How do I do a layered look?
Paint a base colour, and after it dries, paint the second colour. Use a 150 sanding sponge and start sanding away to let the base colour show through.
9) Do I have to seal totally chalked! Paint?
No, you do not have to. It is durable and leaves a beautiful finish just the way it is.
Knocking against surfaces that are used a lot is not a good idea. As such, any water-based sealer will do, but ensure it is not oil-based.
10) Can I paint over something that has been waxed?
Items that have been waxed previously may sometimes be trickier to work with. Remove the wax with mineral spirits or sandpaper.
11) How should I store my paint?
The paint is water-based. Never store in extreme temperatures as it will harm the paint's integrity.