There are many paint types available for every painter’s use. But if you are a DIY painter, you’d have heard a lot about chalk paint. What makes chalk paint different from other paints? Why use chalk paint vs regular paint, and what is chalk paint?
Why use chalk paint vs regular paint
Chalk paint is a water base, easy-to-use paint used mostly for decoration or revamping because it gives a vintage style to the furniture and objects or surfaces it is used on. It has a matte and chalky appearance and stays plastered on most surfaces (wood, brick, cement, and the likes) without the need for a primer.
While other paint types need to be used on primed surfaces, this initial priming is not necessary where chalk paint is used.
This is due to the pore space and mineral ingredients in chalk paints; it is able to adhere more on slippery work surfaces, which makes it easier to get a smoother and well-plastered finish when sealed with wax.
Chalk paint is different from regular paints in many ways. One of the many advantages of using chalk paint is that you don’t need to prep before getting started as long as the surface is clean and dry. You should note; however, that chalk paint doesn’t do well on metal surfaces,
Chalk paint also has a good consistency, probably because it has a water base, which means it doesn’t run down, wash off, or drip like traditional paints. Using chalk paint gives a smooth coating efficiency that makes you proud of the job you are doing even before the final result, coupled with the fact that it can be used on a previously painted surface without cracks.
One other reason why most painters and DIYers are in love with chalk paint is how fast each layer of coat dries up to enable you to put another layer until the expected result is achieved. Unlike some regular paints that may need you to wait for hours before you can put on another layer, you are able to put on several coatings on the surface in a short time as the paint begin to dry as soon as it is coated.
Clean up after using chalk paint is by far the easiest for most painters. It doesn’t require the use of spirits or chemicals to get the paint off the brush, rollers, or tools used for painting. Since chalk paint is water-based, you can clean up your painting tools by soaking in soap and water for a while and then rinse off before you hang them to dry.
Oftentimes, while using chalk paints, you are able to get off with a single or double coat of paint on the surface you work on. This is because this paint type has a thick, chalky and dense consistency that makes it cover faster and adheres well to furniture than regular paints. However, after the first coating, the mixture could be made thin for a smooth finish.
Most painters seal off chalk paint with wax to achieve a good after-paint sheen. This is what often makes the final result of a chalk-painted surface look bright and attractive. Chalk painting is most commonly used for small projects, DIY crafts, redecorating furniture, especially old furniture, and when used for room walls or home décor, chalk painting helps you to achieve a rustic or chic look.
While some say it is not necessary to and after chalk painting, I’d say it is an important process in achieving a smoother finish with chalk paint. When you sand the surface you paint, it helps to create plenty of grit to hold the paint to the surface, and even though chalk paint is porous in itself to allow the paint to adhere to the surface, the sanding process cannot be left out if your aim is a smooth chalk paint finish.
What most painters achieve with priming and sanding where regular paints are used is achieved through the waxing process where chalk paint is used. Soft wax is used after all the layers of chalk paint coat have been applied to the surface in order to give the surface a protective finish and seal. This also helps to keep the painted surface in good shape for a long time.
While you may want to choose regular paint like latex paint for its protective wax coating, it does not have the adhesion required to keep the paint on the wall. Chalk paint, however, has the adhesion strength, which, when combined with wax after the coating is done, gives you the result you expect.
Should anyone ask why use chalk paint vs regular paint, it is simply because chalk paint has been proven over and over by DIYers to be the easiest paint to use for home décor, remodeling and giving your vintage furniture or collections a new look, and sometimes even cheaper than some regular paints.
An extra tip is that, with the right wax finish, chalk-painted surfaces last long before they require a retouch. Should you decide to go for a stress–free, affordable paint type for your next project, chalk paint still has the votes.