Before you begin painting, tip the pot upside down for at least 30 minutes. This allows the paint pigment to float back to top so you can mix it thoroughly. Shake the can vigorously and stir the paint from the bottom with a paint paddle. Note: pigment has a tendency to separate in darker colors. Nothing is wrong with the paint!
Clean your piece thoroughly with soap and water or use clear mineral spirits on a lint-free cloth.
Use 100-220 grit sandpaper to remove loose paint or rust. Use 220 grit sandpaper to break the surface tension on glossy surfaces. If needed, use black 220 sandpaper on melamine and laminated surfaces.
NOTE: If your piece is stained with mahogany paint, apply a coat of clear shellac (spray or brush). The shellac will prevent any bleed-through. If you are painting raw wood, you need to seal it before you paint. Pay special attention to knots where wood tannins will bleed through.
Since Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan is water-based, it dries very quickly. The first coat might look blotchy as you paint (think of this as your primer layer). Don’t attempt to get full coverage the first time. If you continue to paint over the painted surface, your brush will pick up the first coat. The second coat will go on flawlessly. If the paint is too thick, thin the paint with water. We recommend pouring the amount of paint needed into a separate container and add water. Just a little water is needed, so add a few drops and stir continuously until you reach the consistency you want. You can also dip your loaded brush tip into water to achieve a smoother finish.
Interrupted? Keep your brush from drying out by placing it in a container of clean water. Simply blot it dry and continue painting.
Clean up is easy too! Soap and water is all you need. Remember to clean your brushes bristle side down and rinse well. Dry them on a flat surface.
How do I get a smooth finish? I see brush strokes when I paint.
Seeing brush strokes is part of the European charm of the paint finish. The texture makes the surface more authentic. However, if you want a smooth finish, use a sponge roller to apply the paint. Thin the paint with a little water before rolling. If that is not smooth enough, sand the surface prior to waxing with a fine sanding block sponge.