Will chalk paint last? A frequently asked question
There are many types of chalk paints and Chalk Paints on the market. Get to know the award-winning and tested Frenchic series in this blog.
For furniture painting, use only high-quality paint made for furniture painting, such as the Frenchic Paint series.
Frenchic Paint is a new, durable and high-quality paint series that is also suitable for professional use.
- Frenchic series paints are durable and their surface can be wiped and washed without any other protection. The color does not come off when you wipe them.
- You can influence the durability of the paint yourself with careful primer work, by following the instructions on the side of the paint can, for example on drying times and painting conditions.
- Remember to do a test painting first before a larger project and familiarize yourself with your painting tools
- Consumption and usage habits are different in every family. Appreciate and nurture painted surfaces, and they will remain as good as new for a long time - use only mild detergents and non-scratching tools for cleaning.
- Sometimes it hurts and happens - life - and the paint surface gets scratched - spot painting is a normal way to maintain painted surfaces.
- You don't believe such talk that no foundation work or preparations need to be done!
- Get to know the series and read more about our products here.
We have collected here some common questions and beliefs that may be useful to you when you think about the durability of paint in your own project.
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Are you painting a kitchen table, children's high chair or something similar for everyday life and heavy use of a family with children? Do you want to paint the dresser cover in the hall, on which the keys are always thrown?
When you wonder if the paint will last, be realistic about your own usage habits. Few pieces of furniture in the home are subject to as much wear and tear as, for example, the kitchen table. Few surfaces are wiped as often as the kitchen table. The same can be said about children's high chairs. This is surely signed by every parent who has scraped dried porridge from the folds of a high chair.
Heavy wear doesn't mean you can't paint the furniture. Then take into account the things presented here and follow the instructions, and you will succeed. The nature of hard-wearing surfaces includes maintenance and spot painting. Maintenance painting is part of the normal life cycle of furniture or surfaces.
As an alternative to painting the entire piece of furniture - paint only a part of the piece of furniture according to your own use: For example, leave the cover or shelf on the wooden surface, and you will be better protected from damage to the paint surface if it is subjected to frequent, heavy stress or, for example, impacts.
Sand the wood beautifully and finish the surface with waxes or Finishing Coat, or give the cover a beautiful paint wash - 'White Wash'-, the thinned paint will absorb into the wood surface, leaving the wood grain visible, but you will get a beautiful and durable shade for the furniture. Paint the frame or legs of the furniture colorful.
Treat and use the painted surface gently and appreciate your painting work - use coasters and tablets. Clean only with mild detergents without abrasive or scratchy cleaning tools.
Choose the finishing coating according to the purpose of use
To protect the paint surface, for example on the kitchen table top or kitchen counter, there is a new finishing agent in the Frenchic series: 'Tuff Top Coat', which is heat resistant. TTC also applies to floor protection. The surface then becomes matte.
You can get a shiny surface with the Finishing Coat coating.
Both of our finishing coatings are quick drying and easy to apply. Before use, read the instructions on the side of the jar and the product information on our website.
The Frenchic Paint series is made for furniture painting
Even though the side of the paint jar says in big letters: 'Furniture Paint', you must have noticed that our customers who are enthusiastic about painting paint all kinds of surfaces and things with Frenchic paint - at their own risk, of course.
Although we cannot give a guarantee for painting other than officially tested surfaces, we want you to succeed in your project and we can give you a few tips: Whatever you paint, always do the same preparations: careful washing & cleaning, roughening the surface and painting on a dry and clean surface will help you succeed. You can find pictures of these more special projects in our FB group with the search term: #oho
Do you want to paint the front door or the interior stairs?
Painting doors and stairs is a nice way to renew the look of your home. Plan the timing of your painting project so that the paint has time to dry in peace. If your dog jumps against the door, any paint surface can be scratched. Did you remember to look at the weather report before painting the front door - the air temperature and humidity must be suitable for the paint drying process, at least plus 10 degrees, at least for the first 48 hours - that is, day and night. Can you protect the painted surface so that the paint has time to harden according to the manufacturer's instructions - the hardening takes up to three weeks, depending on the paint series you use.
If you lift a TV or a flower pot on top of a freshly painted surface, the heavy object will probably leave marks on the soft and fresh paint surface. Fresh paint is always sensitive to dents. The protective properties of Frenchic series paints harden approximately three weeks before the paint surface reaches its final hardness.
Take into account the manufacturer's instructions and follow them. You will notice a huge difference in durability!
WHY DOES IT TAKE SO LONG TO DRY?
The paints of the Frenchic series are water-based. In the drying process, the water evaporates from the paint and it takes about three weeks. The process is the same for all water-based paints. At the same time, other protective substances start to harden and the surface becomes durable. There is a huge difference in durability when you allow the paint surface to dry in peace and handle it carefully for three weeks. Frenchic paints are dust-dry in about an hour.
You ground your garden furniture, but you don't have a place to store it for the winter
Ice, snow and water in winter will eat any paint surface - so be prepared for repainting. Always keep the painted furniture protected from the weather during the winter. Maintenance painting is a normal procedure even if the furniture has been dented in cramped winter storage.
Al Fresco paint can withstand winter, snow and rain, but the wood of the furniture lives on. So the problem is not the paint, but the moisture inside the wood or other material. If moisture gets into the wood, concrete or board frame of the furniture, it will swell and the paint film will crack. From the crack, water goes under the paint film and it removes any paint.
The same type of opening of furniture joints occurs if you use so-called indoor furniture outdoors. The joints and glues used to make them are different from furniture intended for outdoor use. In general, the material of the furniture is also different and it is intended to withstand indoor use only.
Would you like to paint rag rug stripes on the terrace or stairs?
Painting rag rug stripes can be a nice summer project. Sand, stones and shoes in the summer naturally eat the paint surface depending on the use, water in the fall and ice and snow in the winter. But the best thing is the painting every spring and the rag rug is again a cheerful splash of color in the yard.
How many layers should be painted?
Two, at least. All paints in the Frenchic series follow the same instructions. Paint regular layers and always wait for the previous layer of paint to be completely dry before working on the surface again. For Al Fresco paints, wait 2 hours.
The number of paint layers depends on the base color and material, as well as the color of the selected paint. Try the shade on an inconspicuous part of the piece of furniture you are painting.
You can get a small test jar of all Frenchic shades, which you can use to try the shade and make sure the color is correct. The moisture resistance of the paints of the Al Fresco series is created by means of at least two uniform layers of paint.
Remember to mix the paint well before painting - and during longer painting projects.
Thinning affects the coverage and flow of the paint.
Too thin a layer of paint has a detrimental effect on durability.
Frenchic series paints do not need to be thinned when painting by hand.
Is it absolutely necessary to do the groundwork?
The furniture to be painted must be prepared - at a minimum, this includes cleaning the surfaces. If the surface treatment is applied to a wet or dirty surface, it will start peeling quickly.
The paints of the Frenchic series have excellent adhesion, as do lime and mineral paints in general. That is why it is important that you remove all obstacles between the paint and the surface to be painted - the paint must be able to stick to the bottom - not remain on top of the dirt layer. If you made a slight correction during cleaning or roughening the surface, it is likely that the paint has not been able to stick to the bottom in all places.
The paint itself is of uniform quality and therefore equally durable everywhere, but if there are impurities on the bottom, for example oil, grease, detergent or silicone, then the paint will not stick to that particular spot and it will eventually come off. However, it does not mean that there is something wrong with the paint, at that point. Wash and rinse off also pastes, glues, oils and fats and used detergent.
Washing and cleaning is important - especially if there is no information about the origin of the furniture (old furniture, flea market find, etc.). Many types of surface treatments and conditioners have often been used in old furniture during its lifetime. However, do not wash the furniture with a pressure washer or paint a damp wooden surface.
Try the surface of the furniture to be painted by hand - is it smooth, slippery and even - or a little rough?
It is not always necessary to sand the surface on clean wood - but a light roughening of the surface increases adhesion to the paint.
Rule of thumb: the more worn the surface is - the better it is to prepare and sand. A shiny, slippery and smooth surface should always be at least roughened.
Wash the surfaces first, then roughen them - otherwise you will grind dirt and grease deep into the wood grain.
Finishing Coat and TTC - finishing coating and much more
The solvent-free Finishing Coat from the Frenchic series is a reliable product that does a lot! You can use it to increase the adhesion of the surface to be painted, to seal the smells of furniture and, for example, to add splash water and a very wear-resistant surface instead of wax. By adding Finishing Coat layers on top of the matte paint, you get a glossy surface. As a fast-drying and certified coating, it is pleasant and safe to use.
TTC, or 'Tuff Top Coat', is made specifically for hard-wearing surfaces, for example table tops, kitchen countertops or for finishing painted wooden floors. TTC is heat resistant and has been granted ISO standard classification for wet abrasion resistance (as well as Frenchic series wall paints). Can be used in outdoor and indoor furniture or together with FrenShee metal pigments. Matte finish.
Do you clean with strong chemicals or bleaches?
Strong cleaning agents, disinfectants and chemicals quickly damage the wax and paint surface. Do you use self-applied furniture wax on the surface of the chalk paint? Then remember to add wax to the surface in the future according to use and consumption. Treat & clean the wax surface gently.
The wax layer added by itself can wear off the surface without being noticed during consumption and also quickly from the use of strong detergents.
In this case, the dirt sticks to the unprotected paint, and the stain will no longer come off the paint. You should add wax regularly, according to your consumption. Wax can only be used indoors.
Frenchic waxes are soft natural waxes and pleasant to use. Read Frenchic Blogs for instructions on how to use waxes versatile and correctly.
You should always treat a self-painted surface gently and with respect - after all, you've put a lot of effort into painting beautiful furniture. Put a cloth under the flower jar and use glass and plate containers.
The painted surface should not be cleaned with strong chemicals. If there is a scratch on the paint surface, it can be easily patched life.