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    Is chalky paint any good?

    Painters & Decorators

    What are the pros and cons of chalky paint? What jobs/surfaces is it suitable for and why? Is it costly? Anything else I should know about this sort of paint ?

    Asked by Elly on 7th May 2021
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    G&M Property Maint

    "Depends on what you're painting, great on wood so if you're up cycling old furniture.
    If you are decorating walls and ceiling it is designed for lime walls and old buildings that need to breath.
    Hope that helps Claire@G&M"

    Answered on 28th Jun 2021 - Member since Jan 2020 - report
    Exterior Cleaning Services and Autocare

    "Pro: No Prep Work
    One of the most challenging parts of any painting project is the prep work. You have to sand, clean and prime most surfaces before you can even begin painting. That’s a lot of work. One of the reasons so many people love to use chalk paint is that there’s no prep work needed!

    Chalk paint adheres to most surfaces clean and dry without sanding or priming. Very slick surfaces will still need a light sanding to give the chalk paint some grip. But you won’t have to worry about stripping away previous layers of paint before you begin.

    Pro: Good Coverage
    Chalk paint is much thicker than regular paint and, as a result, you often only need 1 or 2 coats to cover a piece thoroughly. A can also lasts a lot longer than other paints since you need less to cover the same area.

    Con: The Cost
    Not only does chalk paint cost slightly more than latex or acrylic paint, but it also requires sealing and special tools. To get the durable finish that chalk paint is popular for, it requires a protective topcoat. The topcoat requires a special wax brush and, because the paint is so thick, a stiffer paintbrush works better. That means you have the extra expense of a wax or sealant as well as special brushes.

    Pro: It’s Water-Based
    Chalk paint is water-based rather than acrylic or latex, which means it has low VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and barely any smell. And if you happen to make a mistake, it’s very forgiving. Spills and drips wipe up easily, and if you get it somewhere you don’t want it, you can just wipe it off.

    Pro AND Con: Dry Time
    Although chalk paint feels dry to the touch within minutes, it actually takes a long time to dry between coats. The quick initial dry time is definitely a pro as it helps keep messes to a minimum. Since the paint dries as you work, you don’t end up with paint all over your hands when you move on to other areas.

    But to really ensure strong adhesion and a good finish, you should wait 24 hours between coats. This means it can take days to get a piece to just the right color. And that doesn’t even take into account sealing it or allowing it time to cure.

    Pro: Durability
    Although there are a few extra steps, once chalk paint has had time to cure, it creates a very durable finish. As the wax topcoat dries, it hardens and provides a finish that is resistant to scuffs and"

    Answered on 26th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    DB painting and decorating services

    "Chalky paint is ok if it's not on a high usage area as it can mark easily and isn't easy to wipe. Also in certain lights, it can look patchy particularly in areas where there is a lot of light. Hope this helps. Dale"

    Answered on 28th Jul 2021 - Member since Feb 2020 - report
    Jackatrade

    "Yes it is in fact its normally a good paint for the likes of furniture and it is great on wood work"

    Answered on 13th Jun 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    Jps decorators

    "You can make chalky paint by mixing silk and matt together50/50 ,no matter how much you use it will always be matt ,but it will be a chalky finish and durable and wipeable ,note it may take longer to dry between coats so let it fully dry before its next coat"

    Answered on 2nd Aug 2021 - Member since Mar 2021 - report
    innovative jobs

    "You can use this paint on harsh kind of surfaces. It is not suitable for new plaster. it's not that much costly."

    Answered on 17th May 2021 - Member since Nov 2020 - report
    TAG Housing Maintenance

    "It is good because you can use it in kids' bedrooms so the kids can write their names on it! It's specialised paint that creates a chalkboard-like surface when painted onto walls or drawers."

    Answered on 29th Jul 2021 - Member since Jul 2021 - report
    Centro

    "Annie sloands chalk paint is good for old effects, and a chalky finish"

    Answered on 11th May 2021 - Member since Dec 2018 - report
    Fineline decorators

    "Quick-drying, but very easily marked up and not hard wearing."

    Answered on 29th Jul 2021 - Member since Jun 2021 - report
    Matt finish

    "Going to be using chalk paint my self for the first time soon until then I can’t help to much shop around tho for sure."

    Answered on 18th May 2021 - Member since May 2021 - report

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