To prep furniture use TSP and rinse with water in order to free your piece from dust, oil, film, nicotine, furniture cleaner etc. that has built up over the years. If you have a new piece and you do not know where it has been it is always a safe bet to wash the piece with TSP and rinse with water to ensure a successful outcome.
For any deep scratches use wood filler and then sand the area.
For any missing areas such as a corner build the piece up using Bondo and sand before you begin painting.
No worries! Stop painting as it will it continue to seep through the paint. Use stain blocker to spot prime the areas that are seeping through. Zinsser 123 or Kills primers are recommended with proven success.
Using one cup of light colored paint add two table spoons of MyChalk and stir. MyChalk allows small amounts of paint to go farther therefore it easier to work with cups of paint rather than gallons. This way there is no waste of the MyChalk. For darker colors add 3 tablespoons of MyChalk with one cup of paint ensuring you are staring well as MyChalk is white and if clumps are left when you are wet sanding the white chalk will show through.
The best paint to use is a low sheen latex (eggshell) low quality paint from any paint company. Most companies have sample paint and or contractor paint that works perfectly. High quality
paint is made for durability therefore this will cause problems with the dressing processes.
MyChalk can be used on wood, metal, glass, leather, fabric, and plastic.
2 coats of paint are recommend for most pieces. If there is a big contrast between the color of the paint and the piece a third coat maybe needed. It is recommended to paint all coats of paint in the same direction following the grain if painting on wood.
Short bristled natural brushes are the best types of brushes to use. The paint mixture with MyChalk is thick using a short bristled brush allows you to move the paint around with ease.
If you do not want to distress your piece you still must wet sand the entire piece inorder to achieve a smooth finish. Do not worry if paint comes off when wet sanding, you are able to touch it up with paint. Wait for the paint to dry and then smoothen it again by wet sanding.
If you are looking to distress, an hour after your last coat of paint is sufficient amount of time to wait.
If you do not wish to distress waiting as long as you can before distressing is best, as the more time the paint has to cure the easier it is to wet sand without distressing.
For first time distressers the recommended sand grid to use is 320-400. For more experienced individuals it is best to use a 220 grid sanding sponge starting with the flat surfaces then moving on to corners and details.
When distressing think of areas on the furniture where natural wear and tear occurs over years such as corners details legs etc.
Using your sand paper dip it into water and begin to sand your piece. Don’t be shy with the water. You want to create a milky look with the sand paper and water. Then wipe the water with a cloth. Recomemned cloth is a cotton piece such as an old t shirt.
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