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Usage and Aftercare FAQ’s

What are the basic application steps for applying your chalk type paints?

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Where can I find tutorials on how to use your products and create specific finishes?

We have several ways that you can find our tutorials.  We have a tutorials section on our website and we also have a Youtube Channel.  If you have a smart phone, you can scan our QR code that is located on many of our products that will take you to our available tutorials.

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What kind of prep is required before I starting painting?

The beauty of chalk type paint is that it’s a no prep required kind of paint.  That’s what makes it easy for anyone to jump right into redesigning their furniture.  By no prep, we mean no sanding or priming; however, there are some basic steps you should take before starting the painting process.  Clean your piece thoroughly to remove any surface oils and debris.  This can typically be done with a damp rag, but if you’re painting your kitchen cabinets or something that has built up grease on it, we do recommend thoroughly cleaning with a product containing TSP.   Allow your piece to dry before you begin painting.  Although priming is not required, it does ensure that you don’t experience any bleed through so you may consider adding this step to your prep.

Can I really paint fabric?

Yes you can!  Chalk type paints have always been used to paint fabric although the success rate was very low.  We have a patent pending product called Fab! that is a primer and sealer for your fabric.  By applying Fab! before you paint upholstery, your fabric will not crack or feel scratchy after you’ve painted it.  With Fab! your painted fabric will feel like a lightly coated vinyl.  No need to throw out that grandma chair when you can make it Fab!  Watch our tutorial here.

Can I paint over a piece that has been previously waxed?

Yes, you can paint over anything, wax, oil based paints or finishes as long as the original products have cured.

What do I need to know before painting my kitchen cabinets?

Chalk type paints work great for transforming your kitchen or bathroom cabinets.  You can do it!  No need to hire someone.  We do recommend that you thoroughly clean your cabinets with TSP to remove any grease buildup.  It is not required, but we also highly recommend that you take the added step of priming your cabinets first to ensure you have a smooth process.  Painting your kitchen cabinets is a large job and this extra step can prevent a number of issues that you may encounter otherwise, especially if your cabinets are laminate.  If you wish to antique your cabinets with any of our antiquing waxes, we do recommend that you use spray wax over soft wax for cabinets.  The cabinets in your kitchen and bathroom are subject to heat from your stove, dishwater, your shower, etc and soft wax is heat sensitive.  It is also not a durable or permanent finish.  Our spray waxes are permanent and more durable than soft wax.  For added durability and scrubability, you can apply our water based top coats.

Now that you’ve decided to transform your kitchen or bath by painting your cabinets, what will you do about your counter tops?  You’ve saved yourself a fortune by painting your cabinets so why not paint your countertops.  You can do it with our products!  We have a great tutorial on transforming Formica using our primer, Venetian Texture Medium, paints and finishes.   Click here for our tutorial.    Make sure you check out our Facebook Page, Kitchen and Bath Transformation Inspiration to get inspired.

Can I add a top coat over a piece that I’ve soft waxed?

Most paint companies and painters will tell you that you cannot top coat over a waxed surface.  In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re not most paint companies.  Our water based top coats and Best Chalk Top Coat are specially formulated to be able to adhere to a waxy surface.  This gives our customers the best of both worlds.  You can still antique with soft wax and get a durable finish.  By sealing the wax with a top coat, you’re making it permanent which means it won’t need to be repeated down the road.  Allow your wax to cure for 24 hours (it should not be tacky after it has cured) before applying a top coat.

How do I clean my painted furniture that has been waxed?

You can clean painted furniture the same as you would unpainted furniture after the paint has cured (48 hours).  Use a damp rag or a rag with a light coating of furniture polish to wipe it down and remove dust and debris.  To protect the finish that you’ve created, we do suggest that you use coasters, place mats, etc. to protect your piece like you would any other furniture.

Why is my painted piece yellowing or turning pink?

Any discoloration on your painted surface is likely the result of wood tannin or nicotine bleed.  Red woods and pine tend to bleed, especially if you’re painting them with a light color.  If the piece has had long-term exposure to nicotine this can cause a yellow hue as well.  You may not see the bleeding until you apply a water based top coat.  The best way to prevent this is by using a primer before painting.

If you’ve primed, painted and applied a water based top coat to your piece and are seeing yellowing, then the top coat has likely been applied to thick.  When any water based top coat has been applied thick, it can cause puddling making the product appear yellow.  It is best to apply top coats in a thin even coat and leave it alone until it’s thoroughly dry, approx. 2 hours.  Then do a second thin even coat to catch any spots that you may have missed with the first coat.  Using a foam brush or applicator will help you achieve an even finish and avoid putting it on too thick.

If your piece has yellowed, you will need to prime and repaint.