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Everlong chalk paint has fantastic coverage but please remember that basic painting rules still apply.

Starting your project

First things first, brush away any cobwebs, flaking paint and dirt.  If the item you are going to paint is very dirty or looks like it may bleed through (can happen on pre-1930's furniture that has been varnished) it is advisable to wash down with sugar soap solution and dry thoroughly.

Remove any handles or decorative items before painting and set to one side.  You can paint these individually or replace as required.

Lay some protective dust sheets to capture any drops and spills.  

TOP TIP: turn the item to be painted upside down!  This really does help you to reach all the tricky bits first and get to all sides of chair legs, bun feet etc.  If the item is too large to be turned upside down, such as chest of drawers or wardrobe, work from the bottom up to ensure that undersides and overhangs get covered.  And then do a second coat top down.

TOP TIP: If you are painting onto bare or new pine, you can use a knot primer to cover the knots and be sure that you will not see the knots appear.  Knot primer is available at all good DIY stores.

TOP TIP: Use a kitchen sponge to buff off after painting. Or a lint free cloth :-)

Painting

Stir the paint very thoroughly as the chalk content can settle to the bottom of the tin.  It may be easier to decant to a paint kettle when working.

The first coat should be applied sparingly.  The recommended application technique is to dip the brush tip into a tiny bit of paint and use long brush stokes.  Round brushes help to get into all of the corners and nooks and crannies.  The first coat can take 30-60mins to dry so you can use a hair dryer at a safe distance to speed this up.

If bleed through is going to happen, you will see it after the first coat has dried.  If you see patches of the original item colour bleeding through, then you can apply Everlong One Coat Sealer before commencing with the second coat of chalk paint.

Apply the second coat using the same technique as the first but use a little more paint so that the brush glides rather than drags over the first coat.

Lighter colours such as Vintage and Porcelain may require more coats than the darker paint shades.

Finishes

The finish of the paint is just like waxed chalk paint.  It is durable, wipeable and very easy to use. The finished item can be buffed using a soft cloth or sponge to give a more waxed like finish or less for a more matt chalk finish. Do remember that the matt finish can sometimes show finger prints especially where little ones are involved such as the backs of chairs - in this case buffing to a more waxed finish would work better.

If you are intending to not distress an item for a vintage look, then you can sand in-between coats to get a really flat smooth finish. Light grade sandpaper such as P180 or P240 is best for this so that too much paint doesn't get removed.

For a more vintage look then choose different colours for your two coats and do a light sand after the second coat has dried to see the under colour.  Buff off to the finish you want.

Everlong paint can be used on many surfaces including wood, plastic, glass, fabric, ceramics, the choice is yours.

Items that will incur a lot of heavy use such as table tops, chair seats, drawer tops or items that will be outside, these will require a protective coat of Everlong One Coat Sealer.  This is water based and will provide protection for your hard work. We advise only using the sealant on the main surface and not the whole item.

Don't Forget

With chalk paint you cannot make a mistake.  If you find you don't like the colour, then wait for the current coat to dry and repaint with an alternative colour.  This also gives the added bonus of letting you do a 'shabby chic' style by sanding before buffing.

If you spot bare patches when its dry, you can just cover them with a feathering of the paint - no need to redo the entire item.

If you spot drips when its dry, grab some fine sandpaper and sand them out.  You can then re-paint.

Most of all, enjoy.  Its all about having fun :-)

If you have any questions, just get in touch and we will be happy to advise.

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