Asked on Oct 31, 2015

Need help with a chalk paint project

by Carolynn
Should I sand first?
  7 answers
  • Mary Wilshire Mary Wilshire on Nov 01, 2015
    In my class they just sand to eliminate serious rough spots or even out a gouge. Also found that some very dark finishes need a quick coat of shellac to prevent bleed-through. Mahogany is one of these.

  • If there is a heavy shellac finish on the piece, it's wise to just run the sandpaper over it to get the paint completely adhered. But really and honestly, you don't need to sand to much at all. Just scuff it up a bit.

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Nov 01, 2015
    I would lightly sand the piece first just so the paint gets applied evenly.

  • Glaynebaker Glaynebaker on Nov 01, 2015
    The paint has to be able to adhere to the surface, so if the surface is slick it must be sanded. Also, if it is rougher than you would like, go ahead and sand it.

  • Branka Clemens Branka Clemens on Nov 01, 2015
    It's all in the surface prep. I always scrub down the surface then let it dry. I lightly sand or use liquid sandpaper before I paint. Once it's painted to my liking I use a palm sander to smooth the paint and to distress. I stopped waxing and use water based matte varathane int he blue can. I love the finish it leaves and unlike wax, it's permanent not to mention the durability.

  • Kathy Kathy on Nov 01, 2015
    I went to youtube to learn about painting with chalk paint. Learned everything i needed to know and have been loving every minute of painting since discovering chalk paint. Enjoy.

  • Lynn Kennedy Lynn Kennedy on Nov 03, 2015
    If it's Annie Sloan chalk paint you really don't have to sand. I do if the finish is really shiny or there are uneven drips of shellac on it. Or if it is chippy and I want to smooth it down and get rid of the loose paint bits. good luck!