My Paint is Separating When Applied….WHY????
Has your paint separated within seconds after applying it to a piece of furniture?
This may be more common when painting a piece from IKEA, or Target or …for me (The Purple Painted Lady®) – it was an old piece from The Bombay Co. There are various opinions on why this happens. I once was told it was because the piece could have been treated with an infecticide to prevent infestation when pieces are being sent in shipping containers on large ships from other countries to the United States and that could be the root of the issue.
Another opinion from fellow Chalk Paint® stockist Gypsy Lovell shared that this could because the furniture is made with silica …..which is similar to Annie’s Mix Mat. Notice when you put paint on the Mat, it will also do this.
The paint literally separated and no mater how many coats you apply- it keeps doing this! (So, don’t waste paint and stop after applying the first coat on the first section)
To remedy this from happening- you can lightly sand it to scuff the surface. Sand in the same direction you plan on applying the paint. To fix the cheap pressboard furniture – you can also sand it lightly and put multiple thin coats of Chalk Paint® on waiting at least 12 hours between each.
According to Barb S.- who is our Technical Resource, she stated,
“For years now we have been recommending to a customer to first thoroughly sand their IKEA piece (and Formica too) to break the surface tension (unless it’s been finished with thermafoil, which cannot be painted).
Then apply a thin coat of Chalk Paint®. Let paint dry and then wait 48 hours to allow the paint to bond.
Finish with proceeding painting in whichever manner you like.”
The Purple Painted Lady® recommends adding a little water to your Chalk Paint® also. No more than than 20%.
So, if you have one cup of Chalk Paint® – take a 1/8 measuring cup and fill with water and add to the paint and mix well. Remember – you can always add more water- BUT don’t waste your paint by adding too much and making it too thin!
First- if you have a local stockist- go visit them and build a relationship with them. Go to them with your questions and project issues. BUT- if you do not have a local stockist- we invite you to try our customer service!
The Purple Painted Lady® ~ the serial no. is 86/641,416 with the US Trademark Office
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