DecoArt Chalky Finish Paint
Ok So whats so Special About DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint??
* Available in 29 vintage, intermixable colors
* No priming or prep needed
* Adheres to even the slickest surfaces
* Easier to distress than other acrylic paints
* One-coat coverage with most colors on most surfaces
* Durable due to unique cross-linking feature of paint resin system
*Minimum odor from both paint and wax products due to low VOCs
* Water-based for easy clean-up
* Made in the USA
|TIPS & TECHNIQUES
TIP: When working on a large surface, work one section at a time. Rinse rag clean from time to time or use multiple rags.|
TIP: You can distress before or after waxing. There is less mess when distressing AFTER waxing. However, additional wax should be applied over sanded (unsealed) areas.
A simple way to distress a piece is by simply using a damp, soft rag. This method can be done when Chalky Finish paints are applied over an existing finish or another Chalky Finish paint color. Water distressing should be done within 15-45 minutes of paint application for best results. If paint has had time to dry, you will need to distress with sandpaper instead.
Wet a rag with clean water.
Wring out excess water.
Rub over areas you wish to distress until the desired amount of paint is removed.
Using sandpaper to distress a piece gives more control over the finished look. Paint should be dry before sanding.
TIP: Don't use steel wool to distress over Chalky Finish paint; it will leave a gray stain.
Select a fine grit sandpaper to start such as a 220-grit.
Use a light touch, unless you want to take it down to the bare wood and go over the raised areas, edges, handles, etc. Imagine where the natural wearing would be and use sandpaper to mimic the passing of time.
Use more pressure or larger grit sandpaper to remove more or all paint in distressed areas.
If the piece has an image transfer or stenciled design on it, distress with a small piece of creased/folded sandpaper. Apply pressure and pull in one direction across the image. You don't need to sand back and forth as when you are smoothing out a surface.
Using Resists to Distress
A resist acts just like it sounds: it provides a barrier between the bottom layer and the coat of paint you apply on top. The topcoat of paint will not adhere to the resist, allowing the bottom color to show through. There are two main types of resists that are readily available and easy to use: hard wax and petroleum jelly.
With Hard Wax
To use wax, rub a wax candle or bar of paraffin wax heavily over the areas where you want the color below to show through. Make sure you wipe away any loose wax with a clean, dry cloth before applying topcoat. Areas coated in the resist will allow the topcoat to be easily removed.
With Petroleum Jelly
To use petroleum jelly, use a soft rag, brush, or fingertips to apply to areas where you don't want the paint to stick. When applying the next layer of paint over the petroleum jelly, make sure not to brush over it too many times. If you do, the brush will start to pick up and spread the jelly to other parts of the piece. If you are working on a larger furniture item, you might want to work in smaller sections, washing and drying the brush periodically to prevent a build-up of the petroleum jelly. Make sure you remove all petroleum jelly when top coat is dry.
Americana® Decor™ Chalky Finish paints are beautiful when layered and then distressed to reveal multiple layers of color underneath. It can be fun to have a bright, vivid color peeking out from underneath a more muted tone. Visible layering of colors gives the impression of heirloom furniture that has been around for generations, finding its home in differently-styled rooms.
Steps for layering colors
Apply basecoat color. Let dry.
Apply resist of your choice.
Apply contrasting color over entire piece. Let dry.
Use sandpaper to remove the topcoat of paint on resist areas. Begin with light pressure to ensure only the top layer is removed.
If more intense distressing is desired, increase pressure or use coarser grit sandpaper.
When satisfied with look, remove dust and apply Americana® Decor™ Crème Wax or Varnish to seal.
TIP: Repeat steps 1-5 to add a third layer of color to the piece by sanding down just enough to see the second layer in some spots and the third layer in others.