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Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Painting 101 - How to

Dixie Belle Mineral Chalk Painting 101 - How to

This is my curicullum for in person classes. I realize not everyone is able to attend so here is a quick tutorial when applying Chalk Paint!

All products are sold at Vintage View in Haverhill MA or availavle to purchase on my website www.vintagevallee.com

Step 1 - Preparing Your Piece

  • Remove any dust/debris and clean surfaces with a good degreaser, White Lightning (Sold at Vintage View) or TSP Degreaser Cleaner are both very effective, but remember to clean off the residue before you begin painting. If the surface has been waxed this should be removed prior to painting so that your finish will stand the test of time and not chip or peel. Solvents such as mineral spirits or wax remover will help dissolve the wax so it can be cleaned off (ensure you are in a well ventilated area).

  • Once cleaned, scuff sand your project and then clean off debris and any residual cleaning solution and allow it to thoroughly dry before painting with Dixie Belle Paint. If you’re looking for a totally smooth finish, you’ll need to fill in any dents or damaged areas at the prep stage. You can choose to work with the natural dinks, especially if you intend to age and distress your piece, or use Dixie Mud to fill any imperfections.

  • (If you’re painting onto a high gloss, shiny or slick surface, a coat of Slick Stick prior to painting will ensure a good bond between your paint and your furniture piece and ensure a longer lasting finish. Please note that Slick Stick is not required on all projects – it is a problem solver designed for use on hard to paint, shiny surfaces.)

  • If your project has staining or the wood is emitting odors (wood absorbs odors such as nicotine and can smell ‘musty’ over time, particularly in cupboards and drawers that are not aired), use BOSS Primer (comes in Clear or White, depending on your project plan). Directions for using BOSS can be found on the product page or the pot.

    **BOSS Recommended for your piece **

  • BOSS also prevents bleed-through, a common problem in furniture painting where tannins/stains/resins can come through the paint and discolor the finish (especially problematic when working with light colors). If you believe your piece will be prone to bleed-through, use BOSS. If you realize you have a bleed-through problem during the painting process, BOSS can also be used between paint layers. Please note: the more curing time you leave before painting over, the more effective BOSS is.

Step 2 - Painting Your Piece

  • Stir your paint before you begin painting.

  • Dixie Belle’s coverage is excellent but there is no blanket rule for how many coats. Two will suffice most of the time but occasionally you may need a third. How many coats depends on a number of factors, including the color and surface you’re painting on, the paint color you’re using (some of the brighter colors require an additional coat due to the ratio of pigment required to make them and if you’re going for white then be prepared for extra coats, especially if going over dark woods). The difference between the color of the piece and the paint color choice will also have a bearing on how many coats you’ll need.

  • Dixie Belle Paint is touch dry in no time at all, but it’s advisable to wait an hour between coats (place your paintbrush in an airtight bag, or wrap in cling film, whilst you wait to prevent it drying out).

    ACHIEVING A FLAWLESS, BRUSHSTROKE-FREE FINISH

  • For a smooth finish, choose a fine, soft synthetic bristled brush and dampen your brush before you start painting (don’t saturate it, just ensure the bristles are a little damp as this will help minimize brush strokes).

  • Use of the Continuous Fine Mist Spray Bottle is a must where a smooth finish is preferred - this keeps the ‘wet edge’, giving you more open time to perfect your finish and helping the paint to self level.

  • Keep your brush strokes long and even, going in the same direction with the wood grain and ‘feathering’ them at the beginning and end of each stroke.

  • Lightly sanding between coats with a Fine Flexible Sanding Pad or sandpaper (grit 220 and above) will give you an even smoother finish. Watering down the paint a little for the second and third coat can also help to achieve this finish. A Continuous Fine Mist Spray Bottle is an excellent idea to help water down as you go without adding water to your Dixie Belle paint pot.

  • Remember that Dixie Belle paint will naturally thicken with exposure to the air – this is easily remedied by adding a little water directly to the pot and thoroughly mixing

  • CLEANING YOUR BRUSHES

  • Dixie Belle Paint (and many of its supporting accenting and finishing products) is water-based so brushes can be washed with soap and water when finished. Leave to dry on some kitchen roll with bristles pointing down, so that the water doesn’t drain back into the bristle glue – giving your brushes a longer life. If you’ve invested in good quality brushes, consider using Scrubby Soap which will help condition your brushes and extend their life.

SEALING YOUR PIECE
Before you do anything it’s a good idea to consider sealing your piece, as it is, with a coat of Clear Coat. The application of a sealer such as Clear Coat therefore acts as a barrier between the paint and the finish, giving you much more control over the creative process. Apply Clear coat evenly and in long strokes with a Blue applicator Sponge sold at Vintage View. I recommend two thin, even coats.