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CHALK PAINT TROUBLESHOOTING

Brush strokes showing 

Brush strokes show up for a few reasons, generally its because the paint has been applied to the surface to thick.

How to Fix it

  • Chalk Paint + Paintbrush + Water It’s all about keeping the paint moving and adding a fine mist of water.
  • Don’t press too hard on the brush.
  • Prte sofen your brush by wetting the fibres but not so the brush is dripping in water just enough to slightly dampenn it.
  • Paint in the details and then smooth over.
  • Going back over semi-dry paint will cause ripples. If you miss a spot or made a mistake, smooth it with sandpaper when dry and the next coat will fix it.
  • You want to apply a thin coat, but don’t “stretch” the paint on the brush. Reload often.
  • Always paint in one direction.
  • Whenever you feel like the paint is dragging on the furniture go back and lightly dip the brush into a little water and blot it on a towel

The Wood Tannins Bled Through the Paint

Some woods will bleed through white and light-colored paint. If your furniture is red like mahogany or if it’s pine, it will bleed through. Most woods can be easily painted. However, there are a few special types that can cause a condition called ‘bleed through’. A substance used on manufactured furniture during the 1930s through to the late 1960s causes the ‘bleed through’. If this happens, stop painting.

 How to Fix It:

Allow the paint to dry first before covering the affected area and the surface around it with Soul Decor Block and Prime. It will seal the affected area allowing you to continue painting.

When it’s dry, apply another coat of chalk paint.

Chalk Paint is’nt sticking

Was the furniture cleaned well before painting? Furniture that has had years of furniture polish needs to be cleaned very well before painting because the oils prevent paint from sticking.

How to fix it

Lightly sand the furniture and prime the whole piece to seal in any furniture polish. Then repaint.

Chalk paint cracks when the furniture wasn’t cleaned well before painting. Dust and furniture polish can stop paint from sticking to the surface.

 

Painting in Extreme Temperatures or Humidity

Sometimes paint can crack if the environment is too hot, cold, or humid.