Asked on Sep 18, 2019

Why does my chalk paint come off when buffed?

The ZaitleysCher @ Designs By Studio CMichelle James


I am painting a small dresser using Rust-O-Leum chalk paint. I sanded thoroughly, cleaned it well and allowed to dry, then used Kilz to cover. after a light sanding I painted using the chalk paint and then used Annie Sloan clear wax. When buffing the wax the paint rubs off. I started over and did not use the wax before going over the dresser with a antiquing glaze. The same thing. I'm frustrated! I've never had this problem before. What am I doing wrong?

4 answers
  • Vimarhonor
    on Sep 18, 2019

    I would suggest looking at the directions on your current preferred paint container or call their help line (for consultation due to disappointment in case there is a satisfaction guarantee)

    Ive called Rustoleum help line and they are incredibly helpful.

  • Michelle James
    on Sep 18, 2019

    That is really weird. I have never had this happen to me either. It shouldn't matter and I know you sanded but was the dresser a slick finish when you started?

    • Suzie
      on Sep 18, 2019

      Yes. That’s why I sanded and then used primer. It doesn’t rub off everywhere but on enough places that it’s visible.

  • Cher @ Designs By Studio C
    on Sep 18, 2019

    Hi, Suzie!

    That sounds super-frustrating, especially after so much hard work! It's possible that the paint is a bad batch and just isn't adhering to the primer. It's also possible that the primer or paint didn't thoroughly dry before the wax application, especially if it's humid outside, or maybe furniture polish was used on the furniture piece previously and it isn't allowing the paint to stick. I'm sure you don't want to do this a third time but if you do, maybe clean the piece using TSP (a degreaser) prior to priming. I hope this helps!

  • The Zaitleys
    on Sep 18, 2019

    What are you using to apply to wax? It may be too abrasive

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