What is chalk paint powder ?

 

  • An affordable alternative to pre mixed chalk paint
  • All natural ingredients
  • Easy to use
  • Unlimited colour choice
  • No stripping, sanding or priming
  • Transforms any colour or brand of emulsion paint into chalk paint
  • Produces a versatile paint for distressing and various decorative effects
  • No waste - only mix as much as you need
  • Made in Northern Ireland

Our Chalk Paint Powder is a compound that you mix to a paste with water and add to your chosen emulsion paint to convert it into a chalk finish paint. The compound is colourless as your chosen emulsion adds the colour element. 

Why use chalk paint ?

Chalk paint is so popular for painting furniture because it eliminates the need for stripping, sanding and priming. It is very expressive and versatile for distressing and decorative effects.

 

What can I paint with it ?

It will adhere to wood, metal, fabric and even glass. Items made of melamine or laminate will require a light sanding with a fine grit paper to give an extra key.

 

What sort of paint do I mix the chalk paint powder into ?

For optimal results and to achieve all the properties of chalk paint we recommend you use MATT EMULSION. When added to soft sheen, silk or eggshell emulsion, add a little extra powder to help with the bonding.

 

 What if it's too thick or thin ?

The type and manufacturer of your emulsion may affect the consistency of your made up chalk paint. If you prefer it thinner, add a tiny bit of water, using less powder will compromise the qualities of the chalk paint. If it is too thin, just add a little extra powder.

 

Does the chalk powder change the colour of the paint ?

The only colour affected by the chalk powder is jet black.

 

What prep do I need to do before I start painting ?

Before you start painting the surface should always be cleaned. Any grease or furniture oil should be removed with a heavy duty degreaser. Any loose or flaky paint should also be removed.

 

How much paint do I need ?

If the original colour is dark and you are painting it a light shade it may require more coats if you are painting it a dark colour. If the original surface is porous it may require more coats. It also depends on the size of the piece you are painting. A rule of thumb is 100ml ( the size of an average sample pot ) will give 2/3 coats of paint on a dining chair. A sprayer will use more paint. A colour wash will use less paint. A distressed shabby chic look will use less paint than a modern look smooth finish.

 

 How much chalk paint can I make with a packet of powder ?

 A 125g bag makes up to half a litre of chalk paint. A 250g bag makes up to 1 litre of chalk paint. A 500g bag makes up to 2 litres of chalk paint. Of course you don't have to make it all up at once, just make up what you need in the colour you want.

 

What sort of brushes do I need ?

The paint can be applied with a roller or sprayer. But to achieve the expressive qualities of the chalk paint it is recommended to use a brush. Our brushes have natural bristles with a chisel tip to aid in holding more paint and moving it around, giving you an effortless finish. The chalk paint mixture can be easily washed out of the brushes with tepid water and a little washing up liquid, leave to dry naturally.

 

Why do you wax after painting ?

The wax seals the finish. It provides a protective layer against dirt and dust and helps to hold the paint in place. 1 - 2 coats is enough to protect your paint. Our wax is made from 100% beeswax and natural organic turpentine made from distilled pine tree sap.  It is quick drying but will be totally cured in 4 weeks. You can start using the pieces 48 hours after they have been waxed but be gentle.

 

How do you apply the wax ?

Because our wax is a cream it is very easy to apply. We recommend applying it with a brush as this allows you to get into all the nooks and crannies. A brush will not absorb your wax but rather transfer it, a cloth will suck up all your wax and waste it. As our wax is a cream and not a paste you will not get an ugly build up and it is easy to buff.

 

Can you varnish over the chalk paint ?

We recommend to use a good quality polyurethane varnish on pieces that would get heavier use such as kitchen table tops to resist staining and strong cleaning products.