Things You Need To Know Before You Paint

Things You Need To Know Before You Paint

Clean Your Piece - Sanding - Shellac

1. Clean Your Piece

  • For light cleaning, we suggest either dusting off or wash with soap and water, rinse well. Use Simple Green or Krude Kutter if you feel like your piece may need some extra cleaning because of any grease spots.

When using any cleaning solution, remember to follow with a clear water rinse to remove any residue that may be left behind from the cleaning solution.

2. Sanding - Chalk Paint® can be used on most surfaces without needing to prime or sand. But in some cases you will need to sand.

A surface should be sanded with medium (#120 - #150) or fine (#220) grit sandpaper when you need to.

When You Will Need To Sand

  • Sand to remove any loose paint, rust, and other surface debris. Over rusted areas, Chalk Paint® will slow down the corrosion but the rust will likely appear over time. To prevent this, remove the rust by sanding the affected areas with a medium grit sandpaper on rusted areas. Wash the surface with soap and water, rinse well and let dry. Use a metal primer or rust inhibitor to seal the surface.
  • Sand glossy finishes, melamine, or laminates so that the paint will adhere to the surface.

3. Shellac - In some cases a surface should be sealed with two coats of clear shellac. Easiest way to apply shellac is to wipe it on with a rag, but it can also be applied with a brush. Apply shellac in thin layers. Too thick layers can cause paint layers to crack or peel away.
Do not spot treat areas rather you must do the whole section.

*Avoid using spray shellac unless the surface has carvings.

 When You Will Need To Shellac

  • To seal areas repaired with wood fillers or that has been touched up with a stain pen.
  • To seal in odors
  • To stop yellow or pink stains from tannins from bleeding up through new paint layers. Woods such as Oak, Mahogany or Knot holes in Pine
  • Painting raw wood
  • Issues with the paint cracking or not adhering in a certain spot
  • Water stains, wood grain showing
Steps When You Need to Shellac
  1. Apply two coats of clear shellac - wait 15 to 20 minutes in between applications
  2. Lightly sand your piece to prevent paint from crackling.
  3. Paint with Chalk Paint®
  4. Wax

If you see bleed through in your paint then you can apply another coat of shellac. Once shellac is dry, you can begin painting again.



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