How to get rid of brush strokes when chalk painting

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I am in the process of chalk painting an island and I don't know how to get rid of the brush strokes.
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  • Jenn Jenn on Sep 21, 2015
    You are supposed to have brush strokes when you use chalk paint. If you want a smoother finish you have to sand them down or use a different type of paint.

  • Mary Feustel Mary Feustel on Sep 21, 2015
    I found if I use a small foam roller I won't have any brush marks.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 21, 2015
    When using chalk paint it is not supposed to cover like regular paint that is for the reason of the brush strokes.Unfortunately if that is not your taste you will have to start again with another type of paint.

  • Patricia Patricia on Sep 21, 2015
    Try thinning the chalk paint with a little water so it's not as thick. Start with a teaspoon of water to 1 cup paint. Add more water gradually until you have a good consistency (not too drippy). Then sand between coats with a fine sanding sponge. Good luck with your project!

  • Vicki Caudle Vicki Caudle on Sep 21, 2015
    Use less paint on your brush and paint lightly, you'll have to paint more coats.

  • Barbara Andrews Barbara Andrews on Sep 21, 2015
    Add paint conditioner to your paint and use a high quality foam/cloth 4in. roller. May also use a paint sprayer.

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Sep 23, 2015
    Water, plain water. When I am painting and want a smooth look I start with one line. I paint dip my brush in water, not a lot of water and paint one line end to end. Then I dip my brush in water same line and make it smooth end to end with out lifting the brush. When you smooth it out with water you will still get choppy lines or brush strokes unless you go from end to end. No lines. I always like my tops smooth.

    • Susen Gail Susen Gail on Sep 23, 2015
      @Sherrie--this sounds like great technique that I will try soon. Thanks. susen

  • Sherrie Sherrie on Sep 23, 2015
    The first line I do from end to end isn't smooth but I don't try smoothing it out until I am done with the like I am painting. I re-read what I had written and it looked confusing. At the end I do a solid brush stroke this keeps it smooth.

  • Alison Jackson Alison Jackson on Mar 03, 2020

    You can wipe over the paint once dry with a damp cloth this leaves a smooth finish. Then wax

    Hope you are happy with your finished project!