Q. A stain has appeared through my new paint layer. How can I cover it?

If you see a yellow or pink stain coming through your new paint layers – especially on older furniture from the 1930’s and 1940’s- wipe on one or two coats of shellac with a cloth pad to stop this from happening. There is no need to remove the stained paint; you can apply shellac directly on top. It dries in minutes, and then you can get on with your painting!

If you are working with new, untreated wood, remember to apply clear shellac to wood knots and open grains. This will block tannins that can bleed up through the paint.

Q. My paint is not sticking. What should I do?

A clean surface is important for any paint project. Remove the loose paint with medium grit sandpaper. Clean the exposed areas with a safe-to-use biodegradable cleaner. Rinse well with warm water and let the piece dry completely. Once dry, sand with medium or fine grit sandpaper and dust off. Then test your paint in a small area to see if it is adhering. If the paint comes loose again, remove it and wipe on one or two coats of clear shellac with a cloth pad and let dry. You can now reapply your paint.

Q. My finish feels sticky and leaves fingerprints. What can I do?

Don’t worry if this happens. It is easily fixed by simply applying another thin coat of Chalk Paint® Wax. This will soften or “melt” the underlying wax, making it easy to remove all of the excess wax that is causing the stickiness and smearing. Work in manageable sections and remove the excess wax with clean soft cloths as your go. Have several cloths available and change to a clean cloth when the old one becomes clogged with wax.

Q. I accidentally left the lid off my can of Chalk Paint® and now there is a skin over the paint. Do I have to throw my paint away?

A skin can form on the top of Chalk Paint® decorative paint when it is exposed to air for a long period of time. Simply mix the skin back into the paint, stirring for a couple of minutes until the paint is smooth again. If the paint becomes too thick, you can thin it with a small amount of water.

Q. A water glass left a mark in my finish. How do I repair this?

Chalk Paint® Wax offers water resistance, but it is not waterproof. Spills should be wiped up as soon as possible. If spills remain on the surface, the moisture can penetrate through the wax coating and leave a mark. These marks typically disappear as the moisture evaporates, but if not, you can use a bit of Chalk Paint®Wax on a soft cloth to rub it out.

Q. I painted a piece of furniture and my paint cracked. Why did this happen?

There are several factors that can cause your dried paint layers to crack:

  • Dirt and moisture. Always ensure your surface is clean and dry before painting.

  • Using harsh cleaners, or not rinsing well after cleaning. Use a safe-to-use biodegradable cleaner and warm water. Rinse well and let the piece dry completely.

  • Rushing the process. Enjoy your painting but take your time. Allow each paint layer to dry completely before applying the next.

  • Painting in direct sunlight or near an operating heat vent, or rushing the drying process by using a blow dryer. Move to a protected area and allow each layer to dry naturally.

  • Using old shellac or shellac that has been exposed to high temperatures. Always use the freshest shellac and apply it in thin layers. Store your shellac in a dry area that is room temperature.

  • Using spray furniture polishes. Many of these contain a silicone used as a film former to protect surfaces, but can cause cracks to appear in your paint layers, especially along edges.

Regardless of the reason, the fix remains the same in all cases. Sand the affected areas with medium or fine grit sandpaper. Then seal the surface, including the remaining paint, by wiping on one or two coats of clear shellac with a cloth pad. Once dry, reapply your paint.