A top coat is a sealant, it will seal and protect your chalk paint from being ruined by moisture or sticky fingers or even weather. Oils work well with Milk Paint but they can also be used with Chalk Paint. So today I’m sharing the 5 top ways to seal Chalk Paint (plus pros and cons of each)! % of people told us that this article helped them. :). No need to remove it all. I hate that! Thanks so much! https://www.artsychicksrule.com/weathered-whitewash-finish-chalk-paint/ Wax often comes in 1 pound (0.45 kg) containers, so 1 can should be enough for smaller pieces. Not sure what has gone wrong, is there a spray on varnish I could use instead? :) Good luck and have fun! Hopefully this will be the winner for you! I went on and finished, being super delicate and extra careful, but I still have an annoying bare wood look in places. All Rights Reserved. Ours were also 40ish years old. xo. :). wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. All Rights Reserved. The downside to hair spray is that other chemical additives designed to lubricate or add shine and nutrients to hair may leave oily marks on your work. The 5 top ways to seal Chalk Paint (or Milk Paint too). Work over a piece of cardboard or a sheet to prevent getting paint everywhere. Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 4,040 times. As I go through the top 5 ways to seal Chalk Paint today, I’m also going to give the pros and cons of each, that I’ve found along the way, plus a few product options. There are 14 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. So some may be shinier than others. Just a heads up for future users! So good to see the pro’s and con’s. That is definitely something you need to be mindful of. With that said, you can find it over on Amazon. Aside from protection, a top coat will further enhance the color of your chalk painted furniture. Thanks for any advice you can offer! You can do it the other way around though! I really should be calling this 6 but one is not an actual sealer that I’m sharing today but it can be used as such…if you accept the cons that go along with it. I would just repaint with a semi or semi gloss if it were me. How to Seal Chalk Paint. Wipe the chalk away with a slightly damp cloth or paper towel, then allow the wall to dry thoroughly before drawing on it again, otherwise the chalk may get wet and not draw properly. The first coat was so nice and easy. I have used the poly vine for years and love it! Vinyl paints, as mentioned before, are not eco-friendly. Wax isn’t a glossy finish, so your piece won’t shine as much as if you use a different sealer. Keep in mind though, that this will not protect the paint like wax or poly will. Sign up to get the Weekly Newsletter! Learn more... Chalk paint is a textured paint that is often used on wood pieces for a classic, antique-style look. I wondered if you had used a blush pink chalk paint and tried these finishes? If you’re sealing multiple pieces or a furniture set, get multiple cans. This article has been viewed 4,040 times. You can stir the preparation with anything, then pour it into a plastic spray bottle. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. It is “chalky” and not really set until it’s waxed or a poly coat is added. You could lightly sand and go over with another coat of chalk paint also, then the new sealer. :) xo. Hair spray is used by some artists to seal their chalk or pastel works in a pinch, since many of the ingredients are the same as what's found in the average spray fixative. Either work near an open window or go outside. :) xo. You’d have a mess. Thank you again! […], Your email address will not be published. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. Thanks so much!! Make sure to choose an aerosol spray, not a pump. Is it because you water down the second coat or lots of sanding? I have put on 2 coats already, and it still feels like there’s no wax on it, like it just soaks it right up. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. I gave this one it’s own category because I find it to be a bit different from the other polys I’ve used. My favorite is still the Satin HP Top Coat though, overall. How many coats have you applied? Although, I do still plan to do a few more pieces with it! I use the Dead Flat finish and it has the slightest hint of a sheen; not like unfinished chalk paint at all. Can I apply poly after applying the antiqued brown wax? Hi Michelle, I have used blush colored chalk style paints, yes. Use on wood, metal, plastic, paper mache, glass, plaster, ceramic, dried/silk flowers, paper, wicker, etc. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. Make sure the coat is thin and even. Shirley Lister. I used High Performance Top Coat from General Finishes on these samples but any would be similar in effect. I read about the Polyvine above. There is simple no better way for a child to add layers of interest, contrast and texture to a piece of art than using chalk over dry paint. Thanks for the tip on that!! Hey Vicki! STEP 1: Seal the wood First, the wood should be sealed. Sadly, no, you should never really do that as the poly won’t adhere to the wax. There are several types of wax brushes available. Check that the sealer is dry first. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. My friend uses General Finishes Flat Out Flat. And yes, along with these finishes. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. A thin layer is all you need. You could lightly sand and go over with another coat of chalk paint also, then the new sealer. (only if I’m doing a specialty finish, etc) Now, that’s not to say that I won’t add a dab of water if the paint becomes too thick over time but I don’t think that is what you are saying. :) xo. Clear paint sealers like polyurethane are cheaper and more durable, but could darken the color more than wax. Hello Nancy, Thank you for your reply. Yes, I’ve enjoyed the Rustoleum sealer so far but one of my readers did say it does yellow somewhat. Hmm, wasthe Behr paint you used “flat” paint? xo. Thanks! Sounds like wax might be my safest bet as opposed to the chalked top coat. (AND how the different finishes change the look of the paint) I do love the feel of it though. ». And last, but not least, number 6 which doesn’t really count as it’s not a “sealer”…but I’m including it anyway. Well, you know we had to start there, right? I was debating which sealer to use on my current project and here is the perfect answer! Hi Steve, well, unfortunately, you pretty much have to accept that any sealer you put on chalk style paint is going to darken it somewhat. I love the feel and look of wax above all. Also see our full list of Wood Furniture Wax & Wax Polishes. Water-based products are best because they will preserve the paint’s color better. I don’t use wax for that look. That is probably what I would do before I did any of the above. artijan. I have personally used Flat Out Flat many times and it is never shiny at all. It doesn’t have that sheen that your example has and it feel sort of rough like chalk. It looked as if I had used a semi-gloss. In this case, let the piece dry for another 24 hours and apply the third coat. I need help with my dining table chalk paint project! Hi Susan! Use Krylon Workable Fixative Spray to protect pencil, pastel and chalk drawings. I sanded the ugly bits, like on the doors and drawers, but not the entire vanity, and I left the main part in place while doing my work. I have cabinets right now that I just painted with behr dusty laurel and I would love for it to be just a tad bit darker, it looked like poly was the way to go for darker? Loved how it turned out. However I realize wax is not the product to use for that table. That is truly bizarre. Stay tuned! You could try applying the Dixie Belle sealer on a small area and see what you think and go from there. If you want a pristine finish with no darkening, wax is a better option. If you are using vinyl paint, then be certain you receive the ideal kind of paint, and then adhere to the aforementioned guidelines to paint and prepare the surface. Thanks for the informative post! So yesterday, I did my first ever chalk project – a standing jewelry armoire, I used Behr paint (a sample size that I had tinted to match a pillow I have in the room) + 2 Tbsp calcium carbonate + 1 Tbsp water. Sealing the wood panel. Helpful. Sealing chalk paint is the best way to protect it and make sure it lasts for years. This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. Firmer bristles will leave more strokes, which might be what you’re looking for in your design. Spray according to directions, at least 6 inches away and with light even coats. Thanks so much for the post! And for many reasons. :), Thank you so much again! Helpful. You will find that to be very beneficial in the long run. This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. I’m relatively new to chalk painting furniture so forgive me for asking what might be an obvious question but…how do you buff the chalk paint itself? This image may not be used by other entities without the express written consent of wikiHow, Inc.
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\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. Never yellows either. wikiHow, Inc. is the copyright holder of this image under U.S. and international copyright laws. [instagram-feed num=9 cols=9 showheader=true showbutton=true buttoncolor=#53bac1 showfollow=true]. Want tips, ideas, inspiration & more?? This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. Then seal it with shellac, let it dry and then paint another coat of chalk paint. It too would need some sort of primer to seal it up. ...an east coast girl who loves to find and re-invent old treasures, decorate and design rooms without spending a fortune....but have it look as if you did! Thanks particularly for including those comparison swatches because that really tells the tale of how the finishes compare. You can even tint regular seal coat and use it as a glaze. The Flat Out Flat is really surprising to me though. That is where the chalk style paint is a little different than latex, acrylic, etc. {"smallUrl":"https:\/\/www.wikihow.com\/images\/thumb\/4\/4e\/Seal-Chalk-Paint-Step-1.jpg\/v4-460px-Seal-Chalk-Paint-Step-1.jpg","bigUrl":"\/images\/thumb\/4\/4e\/Seal-Chalk-Paint-Step-1.jpg\/aid11647626-v4-728px-Seal-Chalk-Paint-Step-1.jpg","smallWidth":460,"smallHeight":345,"bigWidth":728,"bigHeight":546,"licensing":"

\u00a9 2021 wikiHow, Inc. All rights reserved. Chalk paint cracks when the furniture wasn’t cleaned well before painting. They have several different finishes to choose from. Thank you Nancy! :). I do have a few pieces on my blog that are milk painted but I didn’t fall in love with it. I’m excited to try it and will update this post once I do! This image is not<\/b> licensed under the Creative Commons license applied to text content and some other images posted to the wikiHow website. I love using Chalk Paint to paint furniture, and just about anything. Yes, I would give it a light sand by hand. I didn’t on these because I just wanted to show give the gist of the finishes. You are very welcome!! Hi! Hope it helps! But I’m not sure which one you all are talking about. Some sealers instruct you to apply a third coat for the best results. of white shellac (which is actually clear) to four ounces of isopropyl alcohol in a paper cup. xo. Good tip!! Which poly did you use? Another one I can recommend (but have not had the chance to use yet) is Dixie Belle’s Clear Coat Flat. So glad I read this, especially the above post about Rust-Oleum. Thanks for sharing!! Do I need to put on another coat of the chalk paint? But I do know some manufacturers’ idea of “matte” and “satin” are not the same across the board. How to Fix It: If the cracks are deep, you may need to sand the piece. By signing up you are agreeing to receive emails according to our privacy policy. That is something else to keep in mind when deciding on a top coat for your project.

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