Thursday, May 22, 2014

Q& A Time!

This segment will address frequently asked Q&A's we hear often from our customers at the shop. If you have a question, please email it to us at 

Do I need to sand before painting with Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® decorative paint adheres to almost any surface, indoors and out. There's rarely a need to sand or prime before painting. Most times cleaning and dusting off the surface will do. There may be at times, however, when you'll need to sand to remove loose paint, rust, and other surface debris, or when the surface is very glossy. For example laminates, melamine, and mirror finishes may need light sanding to haze the finish. Don't sand too much! You don't need to sand down to the wood or scratch the laminate surface.

Can I paint my kitchen counter tops and black splash with Chalk Paint®?

It's not advisable to paint counter tops nor a back splash. Chalk Paint® decorative paint, even when sealed with a quality sealer such as Annie Sloan Soft Wax or Annie Sloan Lacquer, will not be 100% non-porous and this can present problems with cross contamination. The surface my appear clean but it may not be deep down. 

Are Chalk Paint® and Soft Wax good choices for kitchen and bathroom cabinets?

YES! You can use Chalk Paint® decorative paint on most wood cabinetry. Chalk Paint® is meant to give character and interest to cabinetry rather than a perfectly smooth "factory" finish. Typically there is no need to sand or prime although in areas that receive a lot of use, like the cutlery drawer, it might be wise to lightly sand to remove stubborn grease. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability. You can easily maintain your finish by simply wiping the surface with a soft cloth and mild soap and water to clean and refresh every now and again with a light application of wax as needed.

More Q&A will be featured on our Facebook page as well as Part 2 here on the web.
We hope this is helpful and look forward to chatting with you soon!