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We carry the full range of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint colours in 1l tins and 120ml sample pots. We also stock a range of Annie Sloan brushes and finishes, including all colours of wax and lacquer. 

Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ Tips and Techniques


How do I use Chalk Paint?

One Coat is often enough.  Usually no priming or sanding required and can be used on most surfaces. Firstly shake the tin, open and stir the paint. If the paint has thickened just add a little water to thin it. We recommend using a good quality brush which can be purchased in our shop.

Chalk Paints can be mixed together to create further colours.

How do I apply the wax?

Apply the wax using a wax brush or a lint free cloth. Apply the wax pressing it into the paint.  Remove the excess wax from the surface in small areas as you go along, it should feel almost dry. Leave to dry for 24 hours.  After 24 hours buff with a soft cloth to give a light sheen.  The wax will carry on curing for approx 3-4 weeks to give a durable finish.

Dark, black or white wax can be applied after the clear wax to give different effects.  Always put clear wax on first so the coloured wax can be controlled.  If too much coloured wax has been applied, rub with clear wax to remove, this will act as an eraser.

You can now use your piece of furniture but be gentle with it as the wax will be still be curing (hardening)  for up to 3 weeks.

Chalk paint wax is food safe when completely cured.

What do I do if stains bleed through the paint?

If you’re working with new, untreated wood, you’ll need to apply clear shellac (knotting solution) to wood knots and open grains. This will block tannins that can bleed through the paint.

On rare occasions, a stain may bleed through your first coat of paint – this is often from a previous oil-based finish and is most likely to happen on old pieces from the 1930s and 1940s.

If you see a stain bleeding through the paint, apply a coat of Zinsser BIN directly over the paint you have already applied. Treat the whole affected surface to avoid any patchiness in the final finish. One or two coats of Zinsser BIN applied evenly with brush will block the stain.

Can I use Chalk Paint on floors?

Yes you can.  Apply two to three coats to wood (even varnished wood) or concrete floors.  Finish with Annie Sloan Lacquer using a sponge roller for durability.  Check a small area first for stain bleeding.

Can I use Chalk Paint on metal?

Yes you can. Treat any rusted areas first with a rust inhibitor.

Can I paint kitchen cabinets with Chalk Paint?

Yes you can.  Apply 2-3 coats of wax after painting to achieve a lasting finish.

Can I use Chalk Paint outside?

Yes you can. It works well on brick, concrete, stone and terracotta and no need to wax.  For garden furniture apply a coat of water-based exterior varnish to protect against stains and help your finish last longer.  Try and use a varnish that has a UV protection to help prevent colours fading.

How do I use Annie Sloan Lacquer?

1 litre of lacquer will cover approx 10-12 sqm. Apply in thin coats. 

When applying Chalk Paint® Lacquer, bear in mind that it is a 'penetrating' finish and can pull tannins or stains from the wood up through the paint. This can be especially noticeable on whites, manifesting as a yellow stain. Always test Chalk Paint® paint and Lacquer on several areas before you begin your project. If a stain appears, simply apply a thin coat of Chalk Paint® Lacquer directly over the entire surface to be painted before painting and lacquering again.

How do I care for the finish?

To clean marks or stains, use a slightly damp cloth or chamois with a little mild soap. If you need to use a stronger cleaner, you may have to re-wax the area. Stubborn marks on waxed pieces can often be removed with a little Clear Chalk Paint® Wax on a cloth.

Always use heat mats and coasters to protect your painted and waxed surfaces. Keep away from extreme temperatures or humidity. Like you, your finish prefers a moderate climate!

Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using it on bars is not advisable.

How do I clean my brushes?

Wash Chalk Paint from brushes with warm water and hang to dry.  Wash wax brishes with warm water and mild detergent and hang to dry.  Do not use any chemicals on the brushes.

Want to know more?


We run Annie Sloan Workshops regularly or call into the shop for practical advice on these and other tips on the Annie Sloan Method.

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