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Chalk paint additive?

Does anyone out there in chalk paint world know of or have you heard of any additive that can be added to chalk paint right after it's made to keep it fresh or longer lasting? My paint is kinda thick after I make it. Followed recipe to a T and still not perfect...

8 comments
  • Duval.26
    Duval.26
    on Sep 23, 2014

    Could you just dilute it? I use mine both thick and pretty thin. Also, keep the balance of the mixture tightly covered while you work with a smaller portion (if I am doing detailed work, I will keep this 'working portion' loosely covered with a yogurt lid or a square of foil/plastic wrap)

  • Mama Bird
    Mama Bird Wildomar, CA
    on Sep 23, 2014

    I bought some Annie Slone paint and it always stays the same coming out of the can every time. Not thick not thin and I never have to add water when I use it time after time. Why does home made chalk paint require adding water every time I use it. I always keep it in a jar with a tight lid? Also I notice that professional chalk paint has a stronger smell in the can, like a paint thinner smell. Do they use an additive?

  • Mama Bird
    Mama Bird Wildomar, CA
    on Sep 23, 2014

    I'm just trying to make my own as I restore old furniture from my home and Annie Sloan is very pricy?

  • Sue@CountryDesignHome
    Sue@CountryDesignHome Wakefield, MA
    on Jan 8, 2015

    Hi! I make my own quite a bit and it does thicken in the bucket if I don't use it for awhile. If I used latex paint as the base, then I just mix in some water (a little at a time) until I get the consistency I am looking for.

  • Mama Bird
    Mama Bird Wildomar, CA
    on Jan 9, 2015

    Sue@CountryDesign Home. I also use latex paint in my chalk paint when I make it. Is there any other type of paint to use? I hear AS doesn't use latex paint in her chalk paint. What other kind of paint would you use?

  • Confessions of a Serial DIYer
    Confessions of a Serial DIYer Virginia Beach, VA
    on Mar 25, 2015

    Here is the recipe I use and love! http://www.confessionsofaserialdiyer.com/sewi... It does not thicken at all. I just give it a stir like any paint, if it's been sitting a while.

  • Handan & Greg @ The Navage Patch
    Handan & Greg @ The Navage Patch Glastonbury, CT
    on Oct 13, 2015

    I enhanced the calcium carbonate recipes by adding also talc in it. Talc keeps the paint in perfect condition (no thickening, no clumping, no nothing) regardless how long ago you made it. Here is the recipe: http://thenavagepatch.com/homemade-chalk-type...

  • Terra Gazelle
    Terra Gazelle Springfield, LA
    on Jan 31, 2016

    I mix plaster of paris with warm water...and mix it well...then add it to the paint..I use samples from Lowes. Either the Sherwin Willaims or the Valspar...Sherwin williams comes in a larger container. Add the Plaster of paris and mix well right in the sample jar. I have never had a problem with the paint not lasting ot getting to thick and grainy. Then I wax it for a nice sheen.

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