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How To Use Chalkboard Paint
Chalkboard paint is made by several manufacturers and sold as many brand names. Some of these are Benjamin Moore, Hudson Paint, FolkArt®, Tilano, and others including the one used for this article, Valspar Chalkboard Paint, puchased at a local home improvement store. Most if not all, are 100% acrylic paint with additives enabling the paint to become a writeable and cleanable painted surface. The colors of chalkboard paint used to be limited to green or black. Now many brands offer a selection of basic colors and Benjamin Moore will make their version in any of their colors. The paint can be used on most interior surfaces and goes on with regular painting tools and methods. It is low-odor and clean-up is with soap and water.
Chalkboard Paint Painting Tips
Ventilate the room.
Chalkboard paint is low-odor but it is always best to paint in an area with some ventilation. Open doors or windows as needed and use a fan if necessary to provide fresh air. The air and surface temperature should be in the range of 50 to 90 degrees and humidity about 50% for optimum drying times.
Gather the tools.
Chalkboard paint is a water-based paint so you just need normal painting tools made for acrylic or latex paints. You will need a good quality nylon/polyester or foam brush, roller frame, tray and quarter inch foam roller cover. Masking tape such as green FrogTape® leaves nice sharp edges and is a good choice for masking off the area you want to be the chalkboard. The photo shows two rectangles taped off. The upper section was painted with dry erase paint and the lower section was painted with Valspar Chalkboard Paint. The door frame and wall corner were taped to get neat straight edges.
Protect the floor and surrounding areas with dropcloths, the paint is permanent when dry. Other tools you may need are a measuring tape, pencil, work pots, sandpaper, a tack cloth, vacuum, and more depending on the job. More information describing painting tools can be seen at Painting Tools.
Apply to a clean surface.
Any paint always performs best when applied to a clean surface. Clean walls or objects with household cleaners, rinse and allow to thoroughly dry. If the wall was previously wallpapered be sure all of the adhesive is washed off. Wipe clean surfaces with a lint-free cloth to remove dust.
Good results depend on smooth surface.
Traditional slate chalkboards are very smooth. The best results will be gained if the chalkboard paint is applied over a smooth surface. Sand the area with 120 to 200 grit size sandpaper to the desired smoothness. If the area is already smooth but glossy, sand to degloss providing better adhesion for the new chalkboard paint.
Is a primer needed?
Bare drywall should be primed with a drywall primer to seal the sheetrock and drywall mud. If going over an oil-base finish an acrylic bonding primer should be used as a primer. Painting galvanized metal requires cleaning the surface to remove any residue left from the manufacturing process and priming with an acrylic primer. Bare metals should be primed. Objects of various materials can be painted with chalkboard paint but may require special treatment, check the label or website of the brand you are using for specific instructions.
Apply smooth multiple coats.
At least two coats are recommended. Coverage will vary with the color you are painting over, the brand of paint, and the techniques of application. For this project the first coat obviously did not cover and to be sure a thick enough layer was built up I applied three coats. Applying several thin coats is preferable to thick ones. If you use a foam roller cover they can sometimes leave air bubbles in the finish. To avoid this be sure to saturate the roller with paint. Work the roller back and forth in the roller tray until it is wet and fully loaded, roll out the excess and then start rolling the wall. Drying times between coats will vary, check your paint's label to be sure. The paintbrush stood up in the work pot containg a small amount of paint, roller and tray can be placed in a plastic bag to prevent them from drying out while waiting to put on additional coats. This article is continued on page 2.
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