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Storing, Thinning and Thickening Chalk Paint®

April 26, 2017

Today I’m going to share some tips for storing and keeping Chalk Paint® fresh longer as well as how to thin or thicken the paint.

Storing Chalk Paint®:

You’ve finished your project and are wondering how to store the left over Chalk Paint®. Here’s how:

  • Always store the paint in an ambient temperature (55-85). So bring it inside when it gets too cold or hot outside. If you feel comfortable in the temperature then so will the paint. 
  • The cans should be stored in an area with low moisture as moisture can cause the metal rim of the can to rust.
  • Be sure to wipe off the rim of the can and seal tightly.

Some have suggested poking a hole in the rim to drain the paint, but I haven’t found this to work very well. I prefer to use a paint can lid (pictured) to seal the cans after opening. They are easily wiped off and have a handy cap opening for poring or dipping your brush in. We sell these at our shop.

Note: Chalk Paint® should store for at least a year (probably much more) if property sealed. I have stored paint successfully for several years.

Thicken Chalk Paint®:

Because the paint is water based, it may thicken a bit if left uncovered, it is a good idea to keep the paint can covered while painting and to close as soon as possible after painting. If is does thicken, just add a little water and it will thin out. Use distilled water – you don’t want to add any contaminants to the paint.

Note: you can also intentionally thicken the paint to add texture by leaving the lid off or even placing open in a refrigerator for a bit.

When you are finished painting and are closing the original lid, tap it gently to close. I use a soft rubber mallet so as not to damage the rim – it will not seal correctly if the rim is damaged.

Thinning Chalk Paint®:

There are also times you may want to intentionally thin the paint. Doing this helps to you to apply a smoother second coat and makes it easier to distress down to the first coat. Just add a splash of distilled water directly to the can if you want to thin the entire can or do this in a separate container if you don’t. Don’t add too much water or you will create a color wash.

Note: you can also thin the paint by dipping your brush into water and then into the paint before the second coat – we call this “kissing” the brush.

Finally, always remember to stir the paint very well before using. It is filled with pigment that may settle on the bottom. We provide you with paint stir sticks – ask for one with your purchase.

Want more tips? Check out Tips & Tutorials on my website and on Pinterest.

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