Frequently Asked Questions
Chalk Paint FAQs
1) What can you paint using Totally Chalked Paint!? Is it child safe?
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 unsure about the wood, or 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.
The paint is low in VOC - that does NOT mean no VOC ( volatile organic compounds).
2) How do you paint?
As the paint is relatively 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 humid weather.
3) Can you paint walls with chalk paint?
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 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) 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 a 220 grit sanding sponge; your fabric will feel like leather.
7) How do you get a layered look?
Paint a base colour, and paint the second colour after it dries. Use a 150 sanding sponge and start sanding away to let the base colour show through.
8) Do you 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. On a heavily used surface a sealer is highly recommended.
Knocking against surfaces that are used a lot is not a good idea. As such, any chalk paint compatible ,water-based sealer will do, ensure it is not oil-based.
9) Can you paint over furniture that is still sealed with wax?
Items that have been waxed previously may sometimes be trickier to work with. Remove the wax with mineral spirits or sandpaper.
10) How should you store the paint?
The paint is water-based. Never store in extreme temperatures as it will harm the paint's integrity. Always stir very well before use.
If you find it too thick add a little water, a tablespoon at a time till you have thick creamy consistency.
Remember to make sure your surface is very clean before you paint. In my opinion, starting with a water-based primer is always a good idea. Never add to many layers of product.
Enjoy and don't stress!