While I’m on the topic of Annie Sloan paint products, here is the Q&A that I promised. I hope I’m not wearing some of you out with this painting furniture topic. I just always like to supply my readers with as much info as I can.
First, though, let me thank my panel of experts who so graciously answered all of my questions:
Katie from Wildwood Creek
Melynda from Nod to the Past
Anneke from This, That and Life
Cassie from Primitive and Proper – green is painted with CeCe Caldwell Paints
Wendi from Thelma and Louize
And, a reader – Ann Wilson.
Those ladies (above) have all done multiple pieces using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (ASCP) and know what they are talking about! Thank you for sharing your knowledge with a newbie. Below is Q&A style information on the ASCP process that I got from them. Enjoy.
When you use ASCP, do you prime or sand? Is it difficult to cover a dark wood that has a poly on it?
No priming or sanding needed on any piece. It will work on just about anything – mdf, plywood, metal… On a side note, I have heard of people needing to use primer, like Kilz, if something is ‘bleeding’ through. This hasn’t happened to me yet.
How many coats does it take?
It depends on what color of chalk paint you’re using. I’ve had most go on smooth in one coat, but Olde White, for example, has always come out showing lines and 2-3 coats. It also depends on the look you’re going for. ASCP actually looks nice on furniture with sealers like poly versus raw wood.
I heard waxing is difficult? Is it?
There was a small learning curve for me when I first used it. Waxing can be difficult, and while I don’t do it much anymore, you can seal it with polyurethane, polcrylic, or spray lacquer.
See this video about waxing.
Do small areas at a time. If you find u have too much in an area, apply some mineral spirits lightly and it will smooth the area out.
How soon after painting can you wax?
You can wax as soon as the paint is dry to the touch, and it dries very quickly!
Can I put a second coat of wax on right away?
You can add a second coat of wax shortly after the first, just make sure it does not feel tacky. In other words, let the first coat dry out a bit first.
How long do you wait after waxing, before buffing?
You can buff when the piece is no longer tacky. I usually wait 2 to 4 hours to buff. You can wait overnight.
When can I sit things on the piece?
It does take a while for the wax to cure. You run the danger of scratching it if you sit on it too soon, as the wax might still be soft. Not sure that it takes three weeks though, but to be on the safe side that would probably be good.
At least a few days, but up to three weeks to be safe.
How do you clean the wax off of your brush?
Cooking oil, then soapy water.
How do you get paint and wax off of the glass?
Just like with your brushes. If you didn’t tape it off, then put cooking oil on first (without getting it on the paint). Soapy water on after that. Water to rinse. Wipe dry. Gets it all off.
- I keep a little bowl of water and dab my brush in it to keep the paint smooth and ez to roll on and into those corners, etc.
- If you have an area that u find the paint is showing “oranging! Rusty colors”, stop trying to paint over it and you need to seal the furniture with a sealer. Before the paint color will look right. I used to keep trying to paint again, and it just looked like a grease spot every time on that part.
- If you happen to use white paint, be sure to buff with a white cloth. Trust me on this one. I used colored rags on other colors of paint with no problem. Just be sure to use a white cloth on white paint.
- I purchased a small waxing buffer machine and use it on items I want to be shinier. I love it! Annie herself told me if I wanted that look to apply wax, wait one day, and buff it with a machine and it would shine and she was right!
- Adding clear wax over dark wax helps get off too much dark wax ore to lighten it. You can do this up to a couple of days after.
- Be sure to buff with a clean cloth.
- For a very light version of the dark stain, try clear first and then mix a bit of dark with the clear for a second coat.
- You can mix the wax with any color of paint or wax that you want for a different look.
- Don’t hesitate to add water if the paint seems thick or you need to make it stretch further.
- If the wax is tacky for over a few hours, try buffing again. Buff hard! STILL tacky – try a very very very light wipe with a cloth damp with mineral spirits.
Check out yesterday’s post for additional tips.
Note, Cassie at Primitive and Proper now makes her own chalk paint mixing plaster of paris in with latex paint. You can also mix paint with calcium carbonate or unsanded grout.
Do you have any tips to add? Have you made your own? What’d you use? How did it turn out? I’d love to hear more about your experience with chalk paint, especially ASCP.
P.S. Sweet Ashley at Attempts at Domestication (entry 5) won the Panyl giveaway! Congrats!