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We recommend blending our Chalk Paint Powder with Acrylic (water based) in Matte, Low Sheen and Satin paint. Our personal preference for both consistency and results is Resene at your local Resene ColorShop or Mitre10 store (where 250 ml pots are exclusively available).
Mix 2 1⁄2 tablespoons of powder with 250ml of paint – 50 grams (5 tablespoons) to 500ml of paint – 100g to 1 litre of paint – 500g to 5 litres of paint – 1kg to 10 litres of paint.
For optimal results we suggest using a paper cup or container and a flat stirrer. Place the powder in the cup. Add a small amount of paint, about equal amount to the powder, and stir vigorously, adding more paint until it becomes a smooth paste. Now you can pour it back into the original paint container, give it a light stir and leave for a short while before use. Unlike other powders we do not add water to mix.
1. Clean your furniture (citrus degreasers are great) and dry off.
2. Sand your furniture with 40 or 60 grit sandpaper to ensure the paint has something to grab, then wipe clean. A more thorough sanding is required for flaking or chipping furniture. Fill any holes.
3. Stir your Chalk Paint thoroughly. It is thick but will thin slightly as you stir it.
4. For paint brushes we recommend a 50mm size brush for the greatest coverage with the least amount of paint, for a smooth finish use a synthetic fibre flat brush, for a textured finish use a hog bristle brush. We recommend Pal brushes for quality and price. PAL General Purpose at Mitre 10, or the Basil oval brush from Resene colorshop is perfect for the addicted painter. The Basil Brush or the Basil Hog Brush, which comparing to some brands are very good value for money.
5. Allow paint to dry. Generally 2-4 hours is acceptable drying time before application of an additional coat. Two coats should suffice, or if needed apply a third coat.
6. Depending on your desired result and personal preference, you may thin the paint out by adding a small amount of water to your paint, we suggest placing it in a work container prior.
7. Repeat with second coat, if needed.
8. Once your piece has dried completely, you may apply your finish. You can burnish with a very fine grit sanding block over your piece before and/or after you apply your finish coat.
Chalk Paint requires several weeks to “cure.” Until this time it will be easier to scratch or stain. During this time of curing, you should treat your furniture with extra care.
For a Simple Vintage Look
A classic vintage look is easy to achieve using just one Chalk Paint colour and a touch of Reloved Soft Wax.
Apply a coat of Chalk Paint, moving the brush in all directions.
Once dry, apply Reloved Soft Wax with a lint-free cloth or brush, working the wax into the paint in a circular motion and removing any excess as you go.
*Optional* Remove a little of the paint using a fine or medium-grit sandpaper, until you achieve the finish you always imagined.
*Optional* For a great antique look, use Reloved Antique Wax. Work it into your (still wet) Reloved Soft Wax and spread. Wax small areas at a time, and remove excess wax with Reloved Soft Wax as you go.
Finish by making sure that every part of your furniture has been waxed at least once with a lint free cloth.
To create a two-colour distress
Create and use two colours of Chalk Paint.
Once your base colour is dry, use a clean brush to apply the second colour thinly, as the thicker it’s painted on, the harder it is to sand back later.
Once dry, add a coat of Reloved Soft Wax with a lint-free cloth or brush to get into all the carving. Remove any excess wax using a lint-free cloth.
Once the wax is dry to touch, but hasn’t hardened, you can start sanding. Using a sanding pad, remove the top coat of paint to reveal the colour beneath. Start with a coarse pad and move down to medium and then fine, depending on the furniture you’re painting and how distressed you want your paint work.
Finally, apply a coat of Reloved Soft Wax, this will seal and protect this piece.
RELOVED SOFT WAX
Waxing painted furniture is easy – follow our top tips for applying Reloved Soft Wax to enjoy a finish that will last and last.
1. Before you start waxing, paint your piece of furniture, working your brush every which way. You don’t want to apply too much pressure. What you’re aiming for is even coverage.
2. Allow the paint to dry.
3. Using a brush or a lint-free cloth, apply Reloved Soft Wax. Work in the wax in sections, going over the surface repeatedly to make sure you don’t missed anything.
4. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to take off any excess while the wax is still wet. You don’t want to press too hard, just rub very lightly with the cloth, working in one direction to minimise any marks.
*Optional: leave your piece overnight and use a lint-free cloth the next day to buff your finish to a high shine
RELOVED ANTIQUE WAX
Reloved Antique Wax is the perfect and easy way to age and bring out the texture of your paint work.
1. Paint your furniture using the Chalk Paint made with Reloved Chalk Paint Powder, applying the paint every which way for a textured look (this will help with the aged finish), you may prefer to leave the paint pot open for a short time or refrigerate it to make it thicken a little).
2. Once dry, paint a second coat to make sure every part of the piece is painted.
3. Allow the paint to dry before applying a coat of Reloved Soft Wax using a brush or lint-free cloth.
4. Remove any excess wax with a lint-free cloth.
5. While the Soft Wax is still wet, apply Reloved Antique Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working it into all the little crevices and grooves, in small areas at a time. Apply liberally – it will appear very dark, but don’t worry, you will be able to knock this back.
6. Using a clean lint-free cloth, wipe back the Antique Wax. You can wipe back as much as you want depending on the look you are going for. The Antique Wax should should now be apparent filling the grooves and ruts in the paint work, and sit nicely in the brushstrokes you created with the paint. If you want to take even more off, you can use Soft Wax as an eraser.
7. Finally, once your Antique Wax has dried, ensure that the whole piece has had at least one coat of Soft Wax to seal in your finish.