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Frequently asked questions

What’s the big deal about chalk paint?
Chalk paint gives a different look, a softer look than a basic paint to furniture. To some it is described as a velvety matt look. Chalk paint works so much better than ordinary paint on furniture. We love that it’s so versatile and forgiving. We love that it eliminates the need for an undercoat. We love that you can use it as a chalkboard or create many different looks to furniture.

Is the Chalk Paint I create with Reloved Chalk Paint Powder any different from the well known brands of ready made Chalk Paint? Is this a true Chalk Paint?
Our powder is made using calcium carbonate (chalk) and a binder (clay), just like all the other ready made brands use. All we are doing is giving you more freedom, instead of being tied down with the limited colours that others manufacture, we give you the choice of the many colours you can buy with no limitations. I can assure you, not only will you enjoy the savings, you will love the chalk paint that you make, as well as the durability. Yes it is a true Chalk Paint.

What can you paint with chalk paint?
You can paint all sorts of things! You can paint furniture, walls, brass chandeliers, silver plated platters and even glass. Laminate can also be painted.

How do you mix the paint?
Easy, we provide clear instructions with each purchase, as well as easy instructions for use, or you can also refer to our How to Use page.

What kind of paint can you use?
You can mix Reloved Chalk Paint Powder with most water based paints, any colour! Flat, semi-gloss, and satin all work great. High gloss not recommended. (We love using sample paint pots, and we do have our favourites).

What if it’s too thick or thin?
The type of paint you use may affect the thickness of the chalk paint. If you prefer it thinner, add a tiny bit of water. Do not use less powder – you’ll lose the “chalkiness”. Add lots of water if you want a “wash”. If it’s too thin, you can add a little more powder (another teaspoon or two is fine).

Does the powder alter the colour of the paint?
No. The powder is white, but the original colour of the paint doesn’t change.

What does the powder look like, and does it have a smell?
The powder is very fine, like the texture of talcum powder. The smell is only the same as chalk. This is how you can tell ours is a genuine Chalk Paint product.

Does it have any smell after being added to acrylic paint? I did a piano with the Sloan chalk paint and it chips off and the fumes gave me terrible asthma.
We understand the issues with asthma being asthmatics ourselves. We would say the cause of the fumes with Sloan’s is the acrylic base used. Our preferred paint to use is Resene paint, which we we use daily.

Does your paint chip off easily like others, and is any sanding requirement prior to using it?
When you put a lot of time and effort into painting a piece of furniture we do want our paint finish to last. No, our paint does not chip off easily like others as long as you follow our guidelines. We advise sanding with a course grit sandpaper like 60 grit, or 40 if using a sander. I know a lot of chalk paint products state no prep, but many of us in the furniture painting business advise otherwise. Paint needs something to grip hold of. Yes you can use our paint, like others, without sanding, but it takes so little to scratch the paint off, we know from experience with other brands.

Do you need to prep the piece before you paint it?
Yes. The piece you are about to paint should always be cleaned first. If it has grease, oil or furniture polish on it, you may even want to use a heavy duty de-greaser. Chalk paint makers often boast that no sanding is needed, but we always advise to sand.

How do I apply Chalk Paint?
Practice painting a scrap board before tackling a project.
Apply the first paint layer lightly.
Repeat with a second layer.

How many coats of paint will you need?
Many colours will cover fine with just two coats. Light colours may require three coats. Every now and then you run across wood that bleeds through mysteriously (no matter what paint you are using). A coat of a good oil-based varnish is recommended for those. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen often.

Which is best – thick coats or thin?
If you apply the paint too thickly, it will crack. Some people do this intentionally to produce a crackle effect. You can even use a hairdryer to encourage more cracking. Thin coats are just fine. You may need more than one coat. Medium coats are recommended.

What if you want a distressed, shabby look?
When layering different paint colours for a distressed finish, apply a heavier base coat than top coat. Work quickly, chalk paint dries fast. Dip a brush into the second colour and dab most of the paint onto paper or a rag until the brush is almost dry, this is known as dry brushing. Lightly dry brush colour to highlight the raised areas. Can you use more than one colour of paint? It’s fun to put a layer of one colour on top of a layer of another colour. Then when you sand, you reveal bits of the first colour underneath. After the paint dries, lightly rub the top coat with sandpaper, a sanding sponge, steel wool or a dish scrubber to enhance the distressed look. Sanding here and there produces a great distressed look. The first step in giving your piece a time worn look is to take off some of the paint by sanding edges that would naturally be worn down with age. Finish pieces with soft wax.

What can you paint with 500ml’s of paint?
Chalk paint goes further than regular paint. 500ml’s is enough for 1 average piece of furniture. You may even have some left over.

Can this paint make a chalkboard?
Yes. Just put on two coats of chalk paint, leave overnight, the next day rub all over it with chalk, wipe off, then you have a chalkboard!

Do you have to use wax?
No. If you want a surface that will show wear and become weathered, you can leave it unfinished. On table tops, and hardwearing surfaces we recommend the use of a soft wax or an acrylic wax varnish.

What does the wax do?
The wax seals the finish. It provides the protective layer to hold the paint in place and provides a waterproof barrier. Depending on how thickly it is applied and how much buffing you do, it’s mostly dry within an hour. After that it continues to harden for about 30 days. At that point it is considered to be “cured”. You don’t have to wait that long to use it. We usually start using our pieces a day or two after they’ve been waxed, but we try to be a bit gentle with them.

How many coats of wax do you need?
It needs just obe coat of wax. More than that is not recommended.

Will any brand of wax work?
No! Some waxes have too much of this or that and can actually act like a stripper on chalk paint. Do not ruin your paint job by trying to use the wrong wax! Use a soft wax especially designed for painted surfaces. Waxes intended for wood can ruin your project (we know).