Annie Sloan’s 750 mL Lacquer that is both for Interior and Exterior Projects

The photo above is not an optical illusion. The containers shown are side by side, but the container on the left, is Annie’s Gloss Lacquer that is packaged in the 750 mL tins. The container on the right, is Annie’s Lacquer that was packaged in the 1000 mL and can only be used inside. The 750 mL Lacquers can be used both inside and out!

The 1000 mL container will be phased out through 2019. Besides the obvious packaging difference above, something to point is that in May of 2019, Annie Sloan introduced a new sheen- that being her Gloss Lacquer since in the past, only a matt was available.

In May of 2019, Annie’s also introduced her Matt Lacquer in new packaging of the 750 mL container.

The very exciting quality of both the 750 mL containers of  Gloss Lacquer and Matt Lacquer, is that can both be used for interior and exterior projects…. where as in the past, the Annie’s Lacquer that was packaged in the 1000 mL container was only for interior use. Annie’s Lacquer packaged in the 750 mL containers also has UV Protection so it will help minimize the fading of bright colors from the hot sun.

IF USING LACQUER OVER A DARK COLOR PAINT?  =>    KEEP IN MIND…..as with any matte finish product, it is recommended that you use a gloss finish first , then apply the matte when going over darker colors. The flattening agents in the product that give it a matte finish will show as a cloudy look over dark colors. You have to cover with a gloss first. Annie Sloan Lacquer in the 750 mL containers comes in both a GLOSS and MATT.

Something to keep in mind- is that applying Lacquer is not like applying paint! It does not like to be over handled. If you click HERE it will link you to a detailed post that we wrote with detailed instructions and tips on how to best use Annie’s Lacquer.

Also, as noted in the spec sheet below, be careful when applying the Matte Lacquer over “dark” colored colors! You do not want too many coats or for it to be too thick because it can cause white hazing.

DIFFERENCES IN THE 750mL vs 1000mL Lacquer Container:

  • the coverage per square foot has increased. The 750mL containers will cover approximately 200 sq ft the 1000ml was specified to cover 100 sq ft. (I know what you are thinking, less Lacquer but more coverage…but that is correct)
  • the 750mL can be used on BOTH inside and outside painting projects
  • there is a UV protector
  • it is certified “Toy Safe”
  • Gloss is now available as a sheen

If applying over a surface with multiple colors, like if you created a floor cloth as shown below – use a light touch or light pressure with your brush. You do not want to over brush. In fact- you could use a foam roller and then, lightly brush it out. If you apply too much pressure, you can run the risk of pulling paint.

Remember- you cannot apply Lacquer over Annie’s wax!

(It does not matter the color of the wax either) Wax is an organic material, your Lacquer will eventually peel off.  It may not right away, but trust me- it will eventually.  

ADDITIONAL NOTES (like you haven’t read enough already though!) But this is very important!!!!! 

Firstly, I will come straight out and say this – it takes a bit of extra effort to get a good finish with matte top coats over dark colour paints like Athenian Black, Graphite, Napoleonic Blue or Amsterdam Green.    Lacquer does not behave in the same way as paint!

The reason why I say ‘matte top coats’ and not specifically Annie Sloan Matt Lacquer is that it’s important to note that this is the case with any of these types of product (matt finish polyacrylic). During our product development we found that most existing matt topcoats on the market include a caveat in their technical data sheets to this effect.

However, we believe that the finish and results that are possible with Matt Lacquer mean that it is still a product that is worthy of a place in the Annie Sloan inventory. So here’s some great tips you should really follow.

Annie Sloan Matt Lacquer gives a very flat finish. To create this effect, it contains a flattening agent to disperse reflected light and cut out the sheen. When applied over dark colours, this flattening agent becomes visible, giving a milky or cloudy effect. The more coats that are applied, the more pronounced this effect becomes.

The effect is also more obvious if the Matt Lacquer is applied to textured surfaces, as it can gather more thickly in the texture and brush strokes of the finish. There’s a couple of tips to get around this.

TIP 1 – FOR WORKING WITH MATT OVER DARK COLOURS: Sand your paint back to a super smooth finish before you apply the first coat of Lacquer. Eliminating brush marks and texture will prevent a build up of flattening agents. This is a good tip if you are only intending to apply ONE coat of Lacquer, for items that do not require the additional protection of a second coat. Dilute your Lacquer coat with 10% water and apply with a light hand.

TIP 2 – FOR WORKING WITH MATT OVER DARK COLOURS: Apply a coat of Gloss Lacquer as your first coat. This is a good tip for items that require extra protection or where you don’t want to take the extra step of sanding the paint smooth. The Gloss Lacquer will fill in any texture and brush marks in the paint, giving a smoother finish to work on. Dilute this first gloss coat with 10% water. Once dry, finish with a carefully applied coat of Matt.

TIP 3 – FOR WORKING WITH ANY LACQUER: Always test for bleed through by applying paint and Lacquer in an inconspicuous (if possible) area. Don’t skip this step! Always test! It’s the only way you can be sure of what the finished results will be. It’s much easier and less frustrating to solve potential problems at this stage. Bleed through can manifest in lots of different ways, and can even affect dark colours.

Edited to add – TIP 4 – Experiment with spraying, which is another application option. If you’re interested in this, there’s a lot of info out there if you research spraying polyacrylic. We use a HVLP sprayer and thin slightly with water. Since sprayers will vary from brand to brand, it is difficult to give more specifics and part of using it in your sprayer and with you nozzles- will be trial and error.

I hope this helps! It’s important to understand that this product is not necessarily the ‘easy option’ over wax, so bear this in mind when consulting with your customers over their choice of finish.

Lacquer can be applied over gold or silver leaf also.

CAN I RETURN OR EXCHANGE THIS PRODUCT?

Photos, displays and work designed and created by Annie Sloan. We are sorry – there are NO RETURNs when it comes to paint/ paint products/ top coats/ waxes. You will find this for every stockist. Think about it- would you ever want a quart of paint sent to you – that was shipped to someone else prior? We eliminate any potential issues with this policy.

With that said- we apologize for any issues this may cause. Choose wisely and do not spontaneously purchase a color if unsure. OK? In fact- if you need help in deciding- ask us. We are here to help you! : )

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

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!As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have two locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.   This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them. The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  Get inspired by their shop that they lovingly curated – just for you!   Enjoy that one on one experience!   But for those who are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you. We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!   SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY® CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST: *  We love our customers and it shows!*  Ordering online?  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.   We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.  (THIS IS DIFFERENT than SAME DAY DELIVERY. We do not offer that)*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $34.95 SHOP ON LINE HERE  : )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!  Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady®.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
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Create a Floor Cloth Using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan & a Scrap of Linoleum

Sometimes when you cannot find the right floor cloth for a space in your home- you just have to take charge and make it yourself using the one and only, original Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan!

Check out this beautiful handmade floor cloth created using a scrap piece of linoleum from a local floor store and Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan by our friend and customer, Stacey Goodspeed and her daughter Áine.  In fact, Stacey is such a fan of Annie Sloan – she helps us out at The Purple Painted Lady festival and other large events sharing her knowledge with customers.

 

Stacey and her daughter do a lot of creative things together.  This is Áine, in the photo – and she helped with this incredible transformation! 

She started out with a scrap piece of linoleum she purchased at a home improvement store…this is what the linoleum looked like before (not very pretty at all, but  Áine sure is!)  —>

 

PAINTING THE FLOOR CLOTH:

Stacey started this project by covering the entire piece of linoleum with 2 coats of Cream Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan. 

Cream Chalk Paint® is a soft buttery yellow.  She chose to use a roller to apply the paint to make it a little quicker and easier…AND so that she would have a smooth finish on her mat without any brush strokes! 

   

It is VERY important when rolling Chalk Paint® that you add water to your paint! You can add up to 20% water. This will allow the paint to apply smoothly and not pucker as the roller pulls away from where the paint was applied.  If your paint is too thick when using a roller, the result left behind could look a bit like “hammered copper” or puckered.

To prevent this- you need to use a foam roller – NOT a nappy roller like you would use to paint your walls with latex paint. Annie Sloan makes GREAT foam rollers that are available in a 2 inch size, as well as a 4 inch size!  The 4 inch size would be the recommended size for a floor cloth.

STENCILING:

After rolling 2 coats to completely cover the linoleum, Stacey and Áine started using a stencil that they purchased from Michael s Crafts, to create the pattern. Annie’s Stencil Brush would have been the bomb to use though!

They used small artists’ brushes to paint the design with the Chalk Paint® colors Honfleur (the milk chocolate brown color) and Arles (the sunflower yellow color). It is important to make sure the stencil is lined up and is straight, so the pattern isn’t misaligned!  Measure twice before starting!

Check out the variety pack of detailed brushes made by Annie Sloan HERE!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern they used almost reminds me of a Mediterranean-style tile. 

SEAL YOUR FLOOR CLOTH:

To seal their floor mat, they needed something that would hold up and would protect the beautiful pattern from wearing away…so they chose Annie Sloan’s Lacquer! We ALWAYS recommend lacquer when painting floors with Chalk Paint®. Lacquer can be tricky to use….we have a very detailed post on how to use it HERE! BUT….I will go ahead and give you some of the highlights – 

ALWAYS use lacquer at room temperature – moisture and humidity can cause it to look hazy, rather than clean and crisp. 

NEVER over-brush your lacquer – this will also cause it to look hazy.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Note though, it is not recommended in areas where there will be a lot of water. So, if using in a bathroom, plan on toweling up wet floors so there is no standing water for long lengths of time. After it has dried, it is VERY protective and will hold up extremely well even on floor that are constantly being walked across.

Stacey’s floor mat should hold up for a very long time, which is good because it is so beautiful!   

Stacey shared with us, “This was so easy and fun to do!!!! It’s been 4 months since it’s completion and I am still in love with it. So easy to clean and it handles my 13-year-old and 10-year-old boys plus a party!

Another customer of ours, Beth Stark also loves to create floor cloths as gifts for her family and friends.  Here are some of hers:

If you do NOT have a local stockist- know that we are here for you!

If you place an order- be confident in knowing that The Purple Painted Lady has everything in stock! What does this mean in the end? With the team we have in place- your order ships the same day you placed it – Monday through Friday. (note however, this is as long as your order came in before 3pm EASTERN TIME, because UPS picks up our packages around 3:30pm)

XO~ Trish

Painting Your Floor with Chalk Paint® Projects (wood floor, tile and Linoleum)

These floor projects using with Chalk Paint® on wood floor, tile and Linoleum are just spectacular. 

Here is one of my favorite blogs to follow, Dana at HOUSE*TWEAKINGDana is a pharmacist by trade but her passion is houses. She is seriously talented in her vision. She recently painted a tile floor entry to look like slate using Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and then protected it with Annie’s Matte Lacquer.

Tile floor project by HOUSE*TWEAKING

Just a disclaimer, usually over dark colored Chalk Paint® you should use Annie Sloan Gloss Lacquer since the flattening agent in the Matte can look hazey.

Dana was clever though and wanted that potential haze to make the tile look more like authentic slate. 

Here is a link to Dana’s beautiful website: https://www.housetweaking.com/

 

 

HOUSE*TWEAKING TILE FLOOR PROJECT


HOUSE*TWEAKING – applying Annie Sloan Lacquer

0We think she nailed it! In her post, she shares some of our instructional information…but check out the first comment below to a link to our website for a lot more Lacquer tips! Here is a link to Dana’s beautiful website: https://www.housetweaking.com/

Check out this wood floor fixer upper project by our friend Amy Smith – who is an entrepreneur and has had multiple successful businesses.

Picking out colors of Chalk Paint® at The Purple Painted Lady

This new chapter she just began is being the caretaker for the Taylor House 1810 at 2941 West Lake Road in Cazenovia, NY. They will be doing an exciting new launch of their gorgeous bed and breakfast in early January 2020….and will be sharing more photos. But we just had to share what they did to their floor using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.

However, we wanted to give you a little taste of how they are using Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan and inspiration from blogs like Quintessence on this journey. 

Amy’s Inspiration for her floor transformation

 

Amy had some restoration to the wood floor and the repairs did not fit in with the previous wood stain.

Taylor House 1810 Wood Floor Restoration

Amy had a vision and with Athenian Black, Emperor’s Silk Chalk Paint® and patience ~ she is creating something gorgeous.

Taylor House 1810

……and then she used Annie’s GLOSS Lacquer to seal the floor.  To read more about using Lacquer- visit this post HERE.    The whole bed and breakfast is really coming together! 

 

Once the Taylor House 1810 does their formal debut- The Purple Painted Lady will make a road trip to visit Amy and do a Facebook LIVE. We will give you a tour and discuss the projects Amy did and let you ask any questions to get real answers! I cannot wait- it is going to be gorgeous!!!!

Next up is a project from an Annie Sloan Stockist named Josh Mintoft who owns Martha Heritage in Sheffield –  he transformed his old tile that was a terra cotta red to something current, fresh and very clean looking! 

Josh cleaned his floor well and followed up with an additional rinse of fresh water to ensure there was not soap residue left behind, or any dirt.  He then made sure the floor was totally dry before he began.  Especially, in the grout lines.

MATERIALS USED:

French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan

Annie Sloan’s Lacquer

First- he painted in the grout lines with white.

Once the white on the grout was dry- he began to use the French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan to cover the bulk of the tiles. 

He was not too concerned about if he accidentally covered some grout with the French Linen Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan because he knew once he added the stencil…there would be enough movement- no one would really notice!

Josh stated he used a brush, and managed to get away with one coat generally of the French Linen – but touched up in places.  Then he stenciled and applied the Lacquer.   

Here is some important information about using Lacquer since it does NOT behave like paint. It is critical you read and follow the instructions we provide!!!!

https://www.thepurplepaintedlady.com/…/using-annie…/

This Linoleum floor was completed by Maddie with her sister and mom.  They used Graphite Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan.  They sealed the floor using two solid coats of Annie’s Gloss Lacquer.  Most importantly- they wanted to share to take your time cleaning the floor.  It is one of the most important steps…along with taping the perimeter to protect the walls.
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Painting Tile in the Bathroom with Chalk Paint®

The Purple Painted Lady® (please LIKE my Facebook page by clicking on my business name to the left)  loves hearing from all of you on the projects you complete after we coach you through with instructions.  

Here is a great “HOW TO” by Kim Gray:

And just a quick disclaimer….There is significant prep (cleaning and rinsing) prior to this type of application!  ALWAYS – always do a fresh water rinse after using cleaning agents on the tile when cleaning PRIOR to painting.  Bathrooms get hairspray, body moisturizer, toothpaste, little boy messes, make up, etc.  CLEAN that floor and rinse it well before painting! (rant over)  Also- this is NOT intended for anywhere IN the shower area.  

The Purple Painted Lady Kim Gray Before After Chalk Paint annie Sloan

 

Dear Trish,
I spoke with you a few times regarding painting my bathroom tile floor with Annie Sloan Chalk paint®. The results were gorgeous and I’m so happy with the look of the bathroom. In this email I will give you a short description of what I did and also some before and after photos. Your help at the store and on the phone was fantastic. Can’t wait to paint my couch at my cottage (among other things) this summer.This is the before photo but I had already stripped the wallpaper and primed the cabinets (sometimes it’s so bad you just can’t stop and take a picture) trim and doors (were dark peach)

The Purple Painted Lady Kim Gray Tile Floor Chalk Paint BEFORE 1

Inside the tub (peach) and tile surround was peach and peach/brown stripe.

We wanted to update the bathroom without the cost of gutting the entire room. What I did was
1. Strip wallpaper, skim coat some areas, prime and paint walls
2. Prime and paint cabinets, doors and trim with oil paint as oil was used previously
3. Had the tub and tile surround professionally sprayed white
4. I went over the counter top with a product called Henry Feather finish with Ardex technology. This yields a surface of concrete over the counter. Very inexpensive way to update one ugly counter top
5. Purchased 2 new sinks
6. Initially I was not going to paint the floor and just leave it peach.  But after talking with Trish at The Purple Painted Lady®, I changed my mind and decided to give Annie Sloan chalk paint® a chance. SOO glad I did. I mixed the paint using 2 parts Pure White to 1 part French Linen.

 

Pure White:

Pure White Sample Board The purple Painted Lady Annie Sloan

French Linen:

French Linen with both Clear and Dark Wax Sample Board

 

Unmixed, the French linen was almost a perfect match to the color of my cement counter top. A bit of contrast was needed so I mixed it with the pure white.

 

Here is an example of French Linen mixed with Old White:

 

French Linen Color Paper The Purple Painted Lady
PREP:

Before painting I repaired all gouges in the tile and missing grout with Henry’s feather finish, sanded the floor and base tile with 100 grit paper, vacuumed the dust, cleaned the floor with mineral spirits using a green scrubber and wiped the floor down 2x with clear water. (always do a fresh water rinse after using a cleaner)

The Purple Painted Lady Mineral spirits

ANOTHER GREAT OPTION to use for cleaning tile prior to painting is Krud Kutter.  WE STRONGLY recommend that after using Krud Kutter  that you follow up with a fresh rag and clean water.  Wipe the whole piece down to remove any residual cleaner.  Chalk Paint does not like to be applied on a surface where cleaner has been left behind. 

(after cleaning the tile) ……..I let all of this dry overnight to make sure the floor was completely dry. I also taped around the top of the tile, tub and toilet. Although I’m an experienced painter and typically do not tape, it was an essential step this time.

 

APPLICATION OF CHALK PAINT®:

In total, I applied 3 coats of paint (1 and 2 were thinned with 25% water) and 2 coats of Annie Sloan’s Lacquer (first was thinned with 10% water- FOLLOW THE LACQUER INSTRUCTIONS YOU GET FROM The Purple Painted Lady).

 

Coat 1 of paint was left to dry for 24 hours before painting coat 2.  And use that blue Annie Sloan brush to apply!

 

LACQUER TIPS: (a MUST read)

Working with any Lacquer, is not like working with paint.  There are specific steps you must follow.  Read this post HERE to learn about Lacquer BEFORE using it. (<==Make sure to read this post!)

 

After coat 2 (of the Lacquer), I had issues with paint not adhering to parts of the floor (pictures below the finished floor pic).  The reason was because of the overspray chemicals from the bathtub surround:

The Purple Painted Lady Kim Gray Tile Floor Chalk Paint AFTER paint did not adhere overspray

 

I used both foam roller and a brush for the painting and lacquer. The brush was used on the base tile while the roller was used on the flat floor.  The photo above shows where I sanded the tile (50 grit paper using an electric sander) and 1/2 of the area I had started to repaint.

 

I believe the paint didn’t stick due to 2 things.

1. The base title was very slippery. Even with sanding it still had a sheen.
2. Blow back from the tub being sprayed. Although everything was covered, I’m sure there were petroleum substances on the floor.

 

Things I wish I had done
1. Used 50 grit paper on the entire base tile
2. used the power sander on all the base tile
3. Maybe used a tile primer on the base tile
4. Used a foam brush to paint the grout lines before putting a coat on the entire floor. The roller didn’t really push the paint into the grout lines.

 

 

Here is a picture of the finished bathroom. Colors are a bit hard to discern. I had to take the photos at night as the bright sunlight washed out all the pictures.

 

The Purple Painted Lady Kim Gray Tile Floor Chalk Paint AFTER with double vanity

Please know that I am very happy with the final results!! This paint was awesome. I would however recommend that this type of project NOT be anyone’s first with Annie Sloan’s paint.   Although my results were fantastic having some experience would have made this job easier on my nerves!
Kim Gray

We think this project turned out amazing!

ANOTHER BATHROOM TRANSFORMATION BY DANIELLE BATAGLIA:

HOW TO CLEAN YOUR PAINTED FLOOR DONE WITH CHALK PAINT® AND LACQUER:

 We recommend a product called Fabuloso. You mix it water and you do not let it pool on the Lacquer.OW The Purple Painted Lady Fabulouso Cleaner Lacquer

WANT TO GET SOME FREE STUFF?:

The Purple Painted Lady® LOVES seeing “before & after” photos from her customers!  And in fact- we always send a thank you gift if we use your images and story.  So, please feel free to share your photos and a little write up by emailing them to Trish at takuntz@rochester.rr.com!  Remember to include a few details of your project, any tips/tricks that you like to do that help you, or even something you learned through the process that another person could benefit from!
 
 
 

BUY PRODUCT FROM …..THE PURPLE PAINTED LADY®:

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!

As for buying any of the products we mentioned earlier in this post- I hope that you select The Purple Painted Lady® to be your one stop resource!  We have two locations in western NY.  Check out our Information tab and come and meet us!  Otherwise- if you are not located near me- the following information may apply to you.  This information is directed to those who do NOT have a local stockist.  Because if you do – go and meet them, shop from them and build a relationship with them.  The guidance, information and knowledge they share with you – will be invaluable.  But, if you are in a location where there is no one selling paint products- and you must buy on-line- consider us.  With that said, visit www.anniesloan.com to find a stockist near you.
 
We are here to help you, our customers!  We want you to be successful!  And, just so you know, when you place an order with The Purple Painted Lady:
 
SOME OF THE REASONS WE THINK OUR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS THE BEST:
 
*  We sell Chalk Paint® for $37.99
*  If you order before 3 pm EASTERN TIME any day Monday thru Friday – we will ship out your package that SAME day.
*  We ship orders out every since week day all over the US.
*  We offer low flat rate UPS shipping cost so if you are one town away or 10 states away- the shipping cost is the same.
*  We have awesome follow up customer service, too!
 
Here is a link to our on-line shop=>  http://shop.thepurplepaintedlady.com/
 
: )  And I will be here to help you as you progress through your future project!  And if I do say so myself- we offer the BEST customer service that you will ever experience!Lastly- if I was helpful to you- ….please consider leaving a positive review on my Facebook business page sharing your positive experience or thoughts about The Purple Painted Lady.  Here is a link to my Facebook page=> http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Purple-Painted-Lady/291882785710    This really helps me!  (wink, wink!)
XO
Trish

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Using Annie Sloan Matte or Gloss Lacquer – Important Tips!

The Purple Painted Lady® is always here to help her customers!   (please LIKE my Facebook page by clicking on my business name to the left) 

Lacquer behaves differently than paint in regards to how you apply it and it is important to understand some specifics so we can help you be successful with your projects.  So, if you are about to start a project- like literally…right now are going to use your Lacquer, stop reading and go flip your can over upside down to help get the flattening agents dispersed.  You do not want to shake the can…..only stir it afterwards.

IF USING LACQUER OVER A DARK COLOR PAINT?  =>    KEEP IN MIND…..as with any matte finish product, it is recommended that you use a gloss finish first , then apply the matte when going over darker colors. The flattening agents in the product that give it a matte finish will show as a cloudy look over dark colors. You have to cover with a gloss first. Annie Sloan Lacquer in the 750 mL containers comes in both a GLOSS and MATT.

USING LACQUER ON A FLOOR IN YOUR HOME? => Annie always recommends doing a test with your Chalk Paint® Lacquer to each of the patch test areas. This is the really important step. Chalk Paint® alone will always cover stains etc; but it’s only when Lacquer is applied that any damage to the floor will become apparent. The chemicals in Lacquers which make it such a durable, hard wearing finish for your floor have the unfortunate effect of pulling stains and spills through Chalk Paint® and to the top of the surface, where a yellowing effect can occur. It is therefore crucial to apply Lacquer to all the tests to ensure no stains come through.• When they’re dry, check your test patches. If they look clean and clear, then you’re ready to paint. If they have yellowed or drawn out a stain; fear not!

Using Annie’s Lacquer for OUTSIDE PROJECTS? CLICK HERE to read more about specifics …but read this whole post first!

USING LACQUER ON YOUR FLOORS:  If you are considering using Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan on your floor, no matter if it is concrete, linoleum, slate or wood – you will want to protect it using Annie’s Lacquer.

If you own a container of Annie’s Lacquer and are reading this prior, as in literally- you are going to use it NOW…..stop and flip the Lacquer upside down and let it sit like that the whole time you read this!  It will get the flattening agents at the bottom of the container loosened a bit! And when you are ready to use the Lacquer and take the lid off, use a stir stick to gently …and patiently mix all the good stuff together.  You can not rush this important step.  

Ok…….here we go!  Using Lacquer however, is NOT like using or applying paint.  There are some special steps and directions you should be aware of BEFORE opening your quart and using!

First and foremost- one thing I want to drill home is that if you OVER brush your Lacquer  especially with the MATTE Lacquer when applying – it will look bad!  Often you will get a white haze – professionals call this “flashing.”  Moisture and humidity can cause hazing, blushing and Whiting.  So, use the product at room temperature and if you are going through a serious wet season with lots of rain…consider waiting till the humidity levels are more reasonable.

If you purchased Lacquer from The Purple Painted Lady®….we included instructions…READ THEM CAREFULLY!

We suggest adding about 10% water to your first coat only.  If you do NOT add water to the first coat – like we direct- it can look bad.

So, please read all of our instructions! (did I stress that enough?!)

Annie Sloan Lacquer is a clear water based varnish that comes in both Gloss and Matte.  It is a strong penetrating Lacquer meant to be used over wood, linoleum or concrete floors painted with Chalk Paint®.   It is the penetrating characteristic which makes it so hard.

Also- since it is strong penetrating Lacquer…. if painting over an old wood floor, you may want to consider doing a test spot painting and sealing the floor in an inconspicuous area to confirm that the “strong penetrating Lacquer” does not pull up wood tannins or yellow hues up through your paint – especially is using a “white” Chalk Paint®.   If it does- then you may want to consider sealing your floor first with Zinsser bullseye Shellac.  Shellac is meant for inside use only though.

Whether your paint is applied as a wash or applied solidly with a foam roller, this robust lacquer will seal it perfectly when directions are followed.

APPLICATION:

Always be patient when mixing your Lacquer!  Flip your container upside down and let it sit like that for a few hours, if possible.  Take your time once you have opened it and get a sturdy paint stick and scrape all the way to the bottom to mix in the flattening agents. Flattening agents can appear a bit sludge-like.  KEEP MIXING ….you will eventually incorporate it all!    YOU CANNOT RUSH THIS PROCESS!

Always apply lacquer in thin coats.  If applied to heavy and thick, clouding will result.  Often customers will state after the first coat they see some slight lines in the lacquer if using a roller, but after the second coat is applied- it looks wonderful. (just sharing this so you do not panic) No need to sand in between either! Again, the Lacquer will slightly darken the paint beneath it.

The varnish is quick drying, non-toxic, low odor, and non-yellowing. The lacquer will give you a very durable scuff resistant finish. Because you can use Annie’s Lacquer for exterior use- it can be used in bathrooms.  The one thing I would like to share – that is a bit awkward though to write about- is when using Lacquer on bathroom floors.  If you have little boy’s in your home – who do not have good aim…per say…. it is important that you clean up afterwards since uric acid can impact some top coats.  

Annie’s lacquer is ring resistant- meaning it can tolerate hot cups. It is also resistant to alcohol spills, which if using wax as a top coat- is not.  However,… ‘resistant’ doesn’t always mean ‘proof’ …as in alcohol proof or like water proof…….. even resistant gives way from time to time … just ask my Spanx. 

COVERAGE:

The 750 ml containers will cover approximately 204 square feet (depending on how porous the surface and how thickly the lacquer is applied.) Two coats are recommended for areas of high traffic (never substitute one thick coat if in a hurry- it will not dry uniformly and you will just have issues- this rule applies to paint and for that matter – ANY product on the market!) I applied it on the top of a heavily used dresser and it was dry to the touch within minutes!

HOW TO USE:

Before use, turn the container upside down for at least 1 to 2 hours since all the “good materials”  that may have sunk to the bottom can get well incorporated again to the top and well dispersed.

STIR IT OFTEN:

Also, this product should be stirred BEFORE AND  as well as during using it.  

DO NOT SHAKE the container of Lacquer since this will cause bubbles to form in the varnish which you do not want to happen!
It is best to gently mix the lacquer by rolling the containers around in your hands or pouring the contents into a bucket to stir.  If Lacquer is not thoroughly stirred, the finish will be shinier due to the fact that the flattening agents weren’t completely mixed in. Note that the thick stuff at the bottom of the quart is the flattening agent, and that needs to be totally incorporated …So, be patient and mix it well….which if yours has settled, could take a good ten minutes.Lacquer Clumpy Jan 2015

ADD WATER TO FIRST COAT ONLY:

It is advised to add about 10% additional water to your FIRST coat only.  Second coat should be FULL strength- NOT watered down.

We recommend full strength for the second coat because most people do not batch their product, so if one container is mixed with 10% water and another is mixed with, let’s say, 15% water there will be a difference in sheen.  The more water that is added to Lacquer the lower the sheen level becomes because the flattening agents are dispersed over a greater volume of product.  A full strength coat helps to guarantee that the amount of flattening agents will be consistent throughout the project, therefore the sheen level should also be the same.

IF BATCHING ALL OF YOUR LACQUER INTO ONE LARGER BUCKET:   However, should a customer decide to batch the product first and then thin with water, that would be okay but they should be aware that it will lower the sheen.

 

 

Annie Sloan Lacquer Application Tips By The Purple Painted Lady

APPLICATION:

Apply the lacquer with a high quality sponge roller using a sponge brush to cut in at the edges.  Or- if brushing it on…Annie’s 2 inch Paint Brush is great!   Again- do NOT over play with the Lacquer.   OR- another option is to  have one person roll the Lacquer on using a roller, and another person go back over it immediately with Annie’s 2 inch Paint Brush .  This will leave the lacquer with a clear and smooth appearance after it has fully dried

The Purple Painted Lady Annie LARGE FLAT PAINT BRUSH

Apply two THIN coats for areas of high traffic such as a hallway, stairs, or sitting room but only one for a bedroom for instance. Again- it is best to apply two thin coats rather than one thicker one. You never get a head taking shortcuts

Something to understand when using Lacquer is that it does not want to be back stroked. Confident strokes in one direction for an even sheen is extremely important because varnishes do not like to be back brushed. This can cause flashing…meaning an uneven finish.   Thin uniform applications are extremely important over dark colored paints!    

DO NOT STOP HALF WAY THROUGH A FLOOR:  Always work off your wet edge when applying Lacquer.  If using Lacquer on a floor- I feel it is important to paint the whole floor at one time and then…when you go to apply the Lacquer – you need to seal the whole floor with Lacquer all at once.  VERSUS, dividing it in half and sliding furniture to one side and doing the floor in sections on different days because you will potentially see that break once all is done.  Sort of like painting a wall red.  If you do not do it all at once….you will see the “seam.”

CREATING PAINTED FLOOR CLOTHS

Annie’s Lacquer is perfect for floorcloths … non-yellowing, flexible, durable, scuff-resistant … a great addition to Annie world!

STENCILED WITH MULTIPLE COLORS AND NOW MY PAINT IS SMUDGING?

If your stencilled colour smudges, this can happen when a painter tends to over brush the Lacquer during application to get a ‘nice, smooth look’. The friction created by the back and forth motion of the brush can ‘wake up’ some of the underlying paint.

I APPLIED A “WASH” and the LACQUER REMOVED IT:

If you apply a wash technique …for example- you thinned your Old White Chalk Paint® with water to create a wash effect over a wood dress and when you applied Annie’s Lacquer – you felt it removed it.  The same rules as noted immediately above about over brushing can apply here but there could be another reason this happen. Wash techniques are created by mixing water with the Chalk Paint®, making the paint translucent. If the wash is too sheer, the addition of a clear protective coating, in this case Lacquer, will make the wash appear even more translucent.  Sometimes even creating the illusion that the wash has come off. Using Annie Sloan’s Clear Wax can have the same effect. So, you may want to consider doing a small test application with your wash and let it dry to determine the best concentration …or amount of paint in the wash so aesthetically, you still after you have applied your topcoat.  


AFTER I APPLIED MY ANNIE SLOAN LACQUER, THE PAINT BLISTERED:

If you experienced some blistering to the Chalk paint® after you applied the Lacquer that is a sign that either the underlying paint layers are not completely dry or there is inherent moisture in the substrate. Making sure the paint has completely dried or the piece you are working on – has also been in a place with minimal humidity or moisture is important. It really shouldn’t matter if you dampen your brush first when using Lacquer. For the first coat of the Lacquer application, adding 10% water to the Lacquer is advised, but if you are in a state or place that is extremely dry…for example, like Arizona or Utah, we can understand why you might need to add a bit more to adjust.  ANother reason for adding a bit more water, is that whatever you are working on – is very porous surface …like concrete…….or perhaps, it is just your personal working preference. Whatever your reason, it is best to not exceed adding more than 20%. water to your Lacquer for the first coat.

MY LACQUER HAS A PINK, BLUE OR YELLOW TINT TO IT:

Ithaca BandB Pink LacquerAll water-based clear coat products will be look milky or translucent while still wet.  I’ve seen blue, pink (see photo to right), and yellow undertones in the wet mix across different product lines. This shouldn’t really matter, though, because if applied properly the milky appearance and any undertones should disappear once dried.  I find that the Lacquer will often have a milky white-blue hue to it before using.

CAN LACQUER GO OVER WAX?  NO!  Lacquer, being a water-based material, will not bond to the wax which is an oil-based product.  If you apply Lacquer over wax- it will probably peel away.  It may not happen right away, but it will happen.  : (  Do yourself a favor and don’t do it.

 

DRYING TIME: (HOW LONG TILL I CAN WALK ON IT?)

It dries quickly – but allow your floor or furniture piece to cure overnight before using.  And even then- do not drag furniture across a freshly painted or sealed floor.  Recruit some strong help and carry or lift pieces into place.  An average coating needs to dry 1- 2 hours BUT if it has been rainy or damp where you live- this will take longer before another coat can be applied..  Do not try to rush it.  There is chemistry in paint products and it is going to take all the time its needs, no matter how impatient you are!!!       Leave it overnight to “cure” before walking on it.  And initially- only walk on it in socks- NOT stilettos (high pointy heels) or hard soled shoes. Give the Lacquer a couple of days before the kids ride the big wheel across it too and again, DO NOT DRAG furniture. Carry and place it in position!  Lacquer is a very strong and durable product but this finish needs enough time to cure (water-based products typically need 14 – 28 days to cure).  If using in a bathroom environment, always wipe up standing water from shower or bath. I recommend this too if you have a wood floor.

If you are doing a bathroom and have little boys, …or big boys who lack aim skills, make sure to have a carpet in front of your toilet bowl.  (Sorry to write this, but I want you to be happy with the products performance and urine can be acidic.) I recommend this too if you have a wood floor.)

LACQUER CAN CAUSE PAINT TO DARKEN SLIGHTLY:

The Lacquer when applied properly, will slightly darken the color beneath it with a matte finish that has a slight sheen to give it strength.

CAN THE LACQUER YELLOW?

It is impossible for any water-based varnish (Annie’s Lacquer is a varnish) to yellow. However, Annie Sloan Lacquer is a strong, penetrating varnish and it has been known to pull up underlying tannins from the wood, causing a yellow staining effect over light colors. This will only happen over wood cabinets or floors and not on every species of wood (mostly pine, oak, and mahogany).   This can happen when applied over new unsealed pine/ oak floors or old floors with broken down polyurethane top coat.  Lacquer shrinks down into the surface as it dries, pulling any tannins and bleeding stains with it.   Some may shellac the floor prior and seal it to prevent this bleeding, paint with Chalk Paint®, then apply Lacquer.  

LACQUER MADE MY DARK PAINT LOOK WHITE:

If you have a problem with Lacquer turning your paint white after applying, it is because it was applied too thickly – this causes the flattening agents in it to appear as a milky area. Unfortunately, the only fix is to repaint.  So, follow my directions that I provide to you when you purchase Lacquer from The Purple Painted Lady

LACQUER vs POLYURETHANE?

Please allow me to quote Annie Sloan … ” I hate polyurethane with fierce and fiery passion. It has a plastic-looking finish, it scratches, and it changes the color too much for me … polyurethane does not adhere to the paint; it sits on the surface … like a plastic sheet.”

CONCERNED ABOUT BLEED THROUGH WHEN USING “WHITE’S”?:

Is your project on a piece that is pine and oak or mahogany or cherry?  You will want to consider applying Zinsser Bullseye Clear Shellac over it prior to painting and sealing it.  Bleed through can sometimes happen over certain species of wood when sealing with Annie Sloan Lacquer, particularly pine and oak. It’s most noticeable when using lighter colors of Chalk Paint®- like Old White, Purple White or Original White. Lacquer is a strong penetrating varnish that “drills down” through the paint layers, giving the finish a lot of strength, but it can also pull out the tannins as it dries.

BLEED THROUGH AFTER APPLYING LACQUER:

(Read previous note and then)  You should apply one or two thin coats of shellac and then repaint and seal. It’s the only way to correct this situation. 

CLEAN UP OF ROLLERS:
Wash brushes/sponge rollers thoroughly in water.

HOW The Purple Painted Lady Fabulouso Cleaner LacquerTO CLEAN A FLOOR FINISHED WITH LACQUER:

We recommend a product called Fabuloso. You mix it water and you do not let it pool on the Lacquer.


Note that Annie’s lacquer is NEVER applied over waxes!
However, you can apply Annie Sloan’s soft waxes over the lacquer.  Call Trish with ?s 585-750-6056

 

 

Painted Linoleum Floor bathroom Annie Laquer The Purple Painted Lady Chalk Paint

APPLYING THE LACQUER OVER A PREVIOUSLY FINISHED FLOOR?

Make sure to know if the previous poly is water-based or oil-based? Annie’s lacquer cannot go over oil-based. Better to stick with the original coating for both compatibility and matching sheen level. Also, if it is a new unsealed pine/ oak floors – you will want to seal them with clear Zinsser Bullseye Clear Shellac OR if the floors are old with broken down poly… a thorough sanding may be needed and the two applications of Zinsser Bullseye Clear Shellac.  Please read this post HERE on using Shellac

HOW TO TEST IF THE PREVIOUS POLY WAS WATER BASED OR OIL BASED:

To determine if the previous finish  is water-based or oil-based…..just rub a small area with a rag and a bit of mineral spirits. If the finish softens and a bit of color comes off, it’s oil-based.  This means- do NOT use Annie’s Lacquer.

STORING LEFT OVER LACQUER:

A general rule of thumb … if stored properly one to two years … which is typical for most water-based clear coat products.

 

PACKAGING CHANGED in 2019.   DIFFERENCES IN THE 750mL vs 1000mL Lacquer Container:

  • the coverage per square foot has increased. The 750mL containers will cover approximately 200 sq ft the 1000ml was specified to cover 100 sq ft. (I know what you are thinking, less Lacquer but more coverage…but that is correct)
  • the 750mL can be used on BOTH inside and outside painting projects
  • there is a UV protector
  • it is certified “Toy Safe”
  • Gloss is now available as a sheen

Painting floors and floorboards is easy with Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan! Chalk Paint® is an extremely functional furniture paint that can be used on almost any surface; making it the perfect solution to update and refresh floors.

  1. • Firstly, you should always test how Chalk Paint® and Chalk Paint® Lacquer will perform on your flooring. Floorboards are often old with no previous known history of exposure to varnishes, spillages or stains. When you apply Chalk Paint® Lacquer to a surface it can draw out old stains from your flooring, through the Chalk Paint®, and mar your finish.• To test the flooring, apply two coats of your chosen Chalk Paint® colour in a few small areas. Annie Sloan recommends testing several different areas of the floor to give a better estimate of its condition: some areas may have different stains or additional water damage.• Once dry, apply a coat of Chalk Paint® Lacquer to each of the patch test areas. This is the really important step. Chalk Paint® alone will always cover stains etc; but it’s only when Lacquer is applied that any damage to the floor will become apparent. The chemicals in Lacquers which make it such a durable, hard wearing finish for your floor have the unfortunate effect of pulling stains and spills through Chalk Paint® and to the top of the surface, where a yellowing effect can occur. It is therefore crucial to apply Lacquer to all the tests to ensure no stains come through.• When they’re dry, check your test patches. If they look clean and clear, then you’re ready to paint. If they have yellowed or drawn out a stain; fear not! Here are your options:1. Use a dark Chalk Paint® colour such as Graphite, Aubusson Blue, Athenian Black, Amsterdam Green or Oxford Navy. Here, Annie has demonstrated with Chalk Paint® in Athenian Black. A stain previously showing through Old White does not come through on the black paint. This is a quick and easy solution to the issue, although we would still recommend testing the darker colour for reassurance. 2. If you want to stick with your initial design plans for a light Chalk Paint® colour, your course of action should be to apply a stain blocker to your flooring. These usually come as either transparent or opaque and can be purchased from most hardware stores. Annie prefers transparent stain blocker. Apply all over your floor, and then follow the next steps. • Once you have done all your relevant testing, what’s next? Make sure your floors are clean! Use warm soapy water and a sponge. Do not use products containing harsh chemicals such as bleach when pre-washing your floors, as these can prevent Chalk Paint® and Lacquer from performing properly.• Application! You can either use a paint brush or roller to apply Chalk Paint® and Lacquer to your flooring, but many people find a roller easier.• TOP TIP: try an extending handle or even attach the roller or brush to a long stick to save your back and posture during the painting process.• Start by painting the edges of the room, applying Chalk Paint® with a brush along all the sides and corners, cutting in a few centimetres. Then paint the rest of the floor. Depending on the colour you’ve chosen you may need two coats of paint. Apply the second coat in the same manner as the first.•TOP TIP: Start from the furthest point away from and work backwards towards the door so you don’t literally paint yourself into a corner.• Once the Chalk Paint® is completely dry, apply Chalk Paint® Lacquer. Stir the Lacquer thoroughly before use. Apply in the same manner as Chalk Paint®; using a brush for the edges and a roller or brush for the middle section. The Lacquer is faster drying than Chalk Paint® so be sure to work semi-quickly and be aware of over brushing. Try not to brush or roll over drying Lacquer as this may drag the finish.• Chalk Paint® Lacquer is available in both a Matt and Gloss finish. Gloss varnishes /lacquers are always stronger than matt because the additional matting agents can affect the strength of varnish. Both finishes will work, however do bear this in mind if your floor is a particularly high traffic area. The matting agents in matt lacquers can also sometimes cause a cloudy effect on darker colours. Therefore, if you are applying Matt Lacquer onto a dark colour we would suggest a coat of Gloss first.• We advise applying two to three coats of Chalk Paint® Lacquer for full coverage, strength and peace of mind. The more coats the better! Leave plenty of time between coats for the Lacquer to fully dry. Once touch dry, the Lacquer will go through a further curing process over about 14 days where it will fully harden. You can use the floor during this period but please be gentle with it.

 

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