Asked on May 27, 2015

Has anyone used Dutch Boy chalk style paint?

by 9530106
I discovered it by accident at Menards, and was curious about the quality, etc. We do not have much here, as far as variety. Let me know what you think!
  25 answers
  • Duv310660 Duv310660 on May 28, 2015
    I don't know the paint, but believe D,B.'s are good products. Why not use it on something small that receives wear, but wouldn't break you heart if it wasn't perfect? A tray or childs step-stool, etc.. Worse case scenario, C,P. is VERY easy to sand up and repaint, and a little practice never hurt any DIY'ers technique!
  • 9530106 9530106 on May 28, 2015
    Thanks for your reply. Right now I think I will stick to my homemade version. The DB was too pricey and too large of a container for me to play with. But, I just painted a coffee table with SW latex enamel, and wondered if the DB chalk might have been better(for future reference). I KNOW it had to have been easier! Happy crafting!
  • Linda Linda on May 29, 2015
    I have never used their chalk paint but Dutch Boy is my preferred brand. It is very hard to find in my area.
  • 9530106 9530106 on May 29, 2015
    Linda, we don't have a HD or Lowes.As I said, very limited variety here, and certainly no "specialty" type finishes, etc. Hometalk opened up a whole new world to me.Unfortunately, I just dream!
  • Marla Scarcliff Marla Scarcliff on May 29, 2015
    its good and lasts well. Have it at a public building here with Lots of kids.
  • Lee Lee on May 30, 2015
    This spring I used a homemade chalk paint receipe version on my outside flowerpots to make them all have a similar look. we have had several rain storms and so far so good. I would paint them again if needed, there are several receipes on the web
  • Connie Connie on May 31, 2015
    I just used DB Chalk Paint on a very large armoir that I'm putting in my living room to hide my office. After one coat and an hour of dry time, my armoire is gorgeous. The paint splatter cleaned up with ease also. It's was easy, no smell and easy clean up. Love and can't wait now to redo the coffee table.
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    • Annette Pedersen Annette Pedersen on Sep 20, 2015
      Hi sherry, I used Dutch boy and did no priming or sanding before. That's the beauty of any chalk paint :)
  • Jen Jen on Jun 12, 2015
    Does anyone know if you can have the Dutch Boy chalk paint tinted? I picked up a quart of the white base but would really prefer more of an ivory/antique color. I didn't see any other color options.
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    • Kathy LeMieux Kathy LeMieux on Jul 27, 2018

      Had mine tinted at Menard's. MANY choices...

  • April rowe April rowe on Jul 28, 2015
    I use polycrylic, it's water based.I used wipe on poly which is oil based on my kitchen cabinets and they yellowed in a year.
  • Sfahee Sfahee on Sep 01, 2015
    Does anyone know if this can be used on glass (like a Mason Jar)?
    • Annette Pedersen Annette Pedersen on Sep 20, 2015
      It scrapes off easy on a mirrored surface so I'm sure it would scratch off on glass as well.
  • April rowe April rowe on Sep 02, 2015
    This paint is just as good as Annie Sloan! I painted my whole bedroom set. I tested Annies, the lowes brand by Valspar, and the Dutchboy brand. I also tested a homemade one. I put it on a dresser without any prep and they all stayed on when I scraped it with my finger nails, except for the homemade one. Annies is $40 a qt, Lowes is $30 and Dutchboy is $20, on sale right now for $17. The guy at menards said I could tint it any color on those paint chips, by any brand, but I haven't tried that yet. I bet you could use it on mason jars, but it would probably scrape off, so use it for decor only
  • 9530106 9530106 on Sep 02, 2015
    Thanks, that is good to know. Everyone seems to agree on the quality.
  • Lyn2337967 Lyn2337967 on Sep 15, 2015
    I am wondering if it can be used on outside furniture?
  • April rowe April rowe on Sep 16, 2015
    you could if you sealed it in polycrylic. If you don't, it probably would get dirty fast, and you can't wash it because the dirt would really get into the paint, not just sit on top. Chalk paint is really porous
  • Annette Pedersen Annette Pedersen on Sep 20, 2015
    I just used Menard's Dutch boy chalk paint and their wax. I used it on a very dark piece of furniture. It took 2 coats to cover completely with the near-white tint. I then used the clear wax made by MinWax. I thought it would have a little more sheen and smooth feeling than it did. I did apply it heavy and buffed well. Howeever, I have never used any others. I was wondering if it would be better to invest in Annie Sloan's wax. Any advise?
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    • Tatiana Golter Tatiana Golter on Jan 16, 2016
      There are other waxes that are nice and not as pricey as AS. Briwax and Fiddes and Sons for example. They also don't stink as bad as Minwax. I order mine in Amazon. Hope it helps.
  • Jane Campion Jane Campion on Sep 26, 2015
    I just ran across it also last night at menards! I used the rich cobalt on an old piano bench. I have never used chalk paint before, and this works great! Very pleased! I will use the min wax to finish it up! I will def try out other colors from Dutch Boy!
  • 9530106 9530106 on Sep 26, 2015
    I am glad to know, everyone seems to think it is quite good.
  • Jean Holmes-Dedo Jean Holmes-Dedo on May 07, 2016
    Menards can make the Annie Sloan colors using the Dutch Boy paints. All the paint person needs to do is key in the name of the ASCP color and the computer displays the mix recipe and the paint color is created. I had them create Chateau Grey and it is great.
    • 9530106 9530106 on May 07, 2016
      @Jean Holmes-Dedo That is interesting to know. I thought they needed a color chip!
  • Jackie Kossow Jackie Kossow on Apr 02, 2017

    I don't know if there are options. I discovered the wax I bought at Menard's is dark. The piece I painted is nearly white. Should there be more of a clear wax on a white piece? I haven't put the wax on yet.

  • 9530106 9530106 on Apr 02, 2017

    Some people put dark wax on top of a clear wax to give more of an aged appearance. If you do use dark you need to apply a clear first, otherwise it will be difficult to wipe back, and can give a dirty appearance. I am not sure what wax Menards carries, other than Minwax, which I have the clear of.

  • Cheryle Kidd Betke Cheryle Kidd Betke on Apr 13, 2017

    Absolutely love this paint one coat and finish looks awesome!

  • Kristie Yoder Kristie Yoder on Jun 22, 2017

    When you get the Dutch Boy tinted you can ask for Annie Sloan colors by name. They have them in their database of colors. So far I like Dutch boy. You do use more DB paint and more Valspar wax than AS. I want to add a little water to DB to get it to go on smoother. I have both AS and DB and I cannot tell a difference. Maybe time will tell. I have tried Valspar clear wax and I liked it. It has a very silky feel and pours. The AS is more like margarine. I liked the AS dark wax over the Valspar clear wax. So I am wondering if all clear wax is equal if you plan on putting a dark wax over it? My Menards does not have the clear min wax in stock. They only had natural. I will ask for it as now is rebate time. :) I hope this helps.

  • Tracie Karmann Tracie Karmann on Sep 24, 2017

    I just tried using polycrylic to protect the night stand I had painted with DB. The paint was dry and once I started using the polycrylic the paint started peeling ofF with each brush stroke. Can anyone tell me what the heck I did wrong?

    • 9530106 9530106 on Sep 25, 2017

      Did you do any prep work before painting? Also, how long did the paint cure before the poly?

  • Tracie Karmann Tracie Karmann on Sep 25, 2017

    I didn't do any prep work as the can said I didn't need to. I had touched up a few spots of paint earlier in the day but not any where I had put the poly on.

  • 9530106 9530106 on Sep 26, 2017

    No prep can be misleading, esp. if the surface is really slick or glossy. Also any residues can be problematic. Do you know what your surface is?