FAQ

What is Chalk Type Paint?

Chalk type paint is a water based, eco-friendly mineral paint with no VOC… It is very porous and can be used on virtually any surface, wood, metal, glass, plastic, granite, cement, laminate and more. It is quick drying and versatile.

Do I Need to Prep Before Painting?

A major benefit of using chalk type paint is that it requires virtually no prep. By no prep, we mean no sanding or priming but there are some basic steps that should be done before starting any project. Clean your piece with a degreaser thoroughly to remove any surface oils and debris and allow to dry before you begin painting. Although priming is not required, it does ensure that you don’t experience any bleed through so you may consider adding this step to your prep especially if painting over a piece containing tannins or red pigments. Although we recommend attending a local workshop, anyone can use chalk type paint - front novice to professional.

Can I Paint Over a Piece That Has Already Been Waxed or Coated in a Polyacrylic?

Yes, you can paint over finish, such as wax, topcoats or oil based paints, as the original products have cured.

How Do I Clean My Painting Furniture that has been Waxed?

You should clean most painted furniture the same as you would unpainted furniture, after the paint has cured (48 hours). Use a damp rag or a rag with a light coating of furniture polish to wipe it down and remove dust and debris. To protect the finish that you’ve created, we do suggest that you use coasters, place mats, etc. to protect your piece like you would any other furniture.

Why is My Painted Piece Yellowing or Turning Pink?

Any discoloration on your painted surface is likely the result of wood tannin or nicotine bleed.  Red woods and pine tend to bleed, especially if you’re painting them with a light color.  If the piece has had long-term exposure to nicotine this can cause a yellow hue as well.  You may not see the bleeding until you apply a water based top coat.  The best way to prevent this is by using a primer before painting.

If you’ve primed, painted and applied a water based top coat to your piece and are seeing yellowing, then the top coat has likely been applied too thick.  When any water based top coat has been applied thick, it can cause puddling making the product appear yellow.  It is best to apply top coats in a thin even coat and leave it alone until it’s thoroughly dry, approx. 2 hours.  Then do a second thin even coat to catch any spots that you may have missed with the first coat.  Using a foam brush or applicator will help you achieve an even finish and avoid putting it on too thick.

If your piece has yellowed, you will need to prime and repaint.

Can I Really Paint Fabric?

Yes you can! Chalk type paints have always been used to paint fabric although the success rate was very low. Heirloom Traditions has a patent pending product called Fab! that is a primer and sealer for your fabric. By applying Fab! before you paint upholstery, your fabric will not crack or feel scratchy after you’ve painted it. With Fab! your painted fabric will feel like a lightly coated vinyl. No need to throw out that grandma chair when you can make it Fab!

What is VOC?

Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) are organic chemicals that have a high vapor pressure at ordinary room temperature. Their high vapor pressure results from a low boiling point, which causes large numbers of molecules to evaporate or sublimate from the liquid or solid form of the compound and enter the surrounding air.

What can I use instead of painters tape on glass or mirrors?

Vaseline is a great alternative to using tape, especially if it's not a straight edge.