7 May 2020

11 Dos and Donts when using Chalk Paint® Outdoors!


Using Chalk Paint® outdoors is incredibly easy. Read this blog and learn all you need to know to ensure your garden Chalk Paint® projects stay colourful and cheerful for years to come! I even made a video for you to enjoy at the end!
  • Do use Chalk Paint® outdoors. It’s one of the things I’m most frequently asked, and the answer is yes! You can use Chalk Paint® outdoors.
  • Don’t sand! As with using Chalk Paint® indoors, there is no need to prep or prime your outdoor furniture.
  • Do remove old peeling paint or rust. You will be able to paint over these…but if you don’t get rid of them they will continue peeling under your Chalk Paint® - and will eventually flake off, taking your lovely new paint job with them! Rust may even show through, so best to tackle it head on.
  • Do wipe away any cobwebs or dirt, pop open your Chalk Paint® tin and get stuck straight into the fun part.
  • Do know when to Lacquer and when to leave. Chalk Paint® Lacquer is your garden furnitures' best defence against UV rays, fading paint colour, and peeling paint caused by water damage.
  • Do Lacquer: Garden furniture – anything which will be touched a lot, sat on, or has a horizontal surface which will collect water or fade in bright sunlight needs to be protected with Chalk Paint® Lacquer to ensure paint won’t transfer, peel or fade.
  • Don’t Lacquer: Vertical surfaces – shed walls, fencing, and brickwork are all a) porous (making them IDEAL Chalk Paint® surfaces) and b) vertical facing. This means they are much less prone to the key causes of outdoor damage – UV rays and standing water. Twin enemies of garden furniture!
  • Do use two coats of Lacquer! Apply two thin coats or more of Chalk Paint® Lacquer so you can be sure the entire painted piece is fully protected to prevent any water ingress. Note that curing time for maximum protection occurs over 14 days. See out Fact Sheet here for more info.
  • Do check the weather forecast! Rain will wash away Chalk Paint® and compromise the Lacquer if either hasn’t dried sufficiently before being exposed to water.
  • Don’t use Chalk Paint® Wax outdoors.
  • Do play with bright colours – being bold is easier outdoors.

If you’re in need of some extra confidence boosting before you commit paint to brush and brush to furniture – watch my quick video on using Chalk Paint® Lacquer on a metal garden chair here.

Yours,
Annie

56 comments:

  1. Hi Annie, I am currently working on a piece that I would like to use outdoors. I am first sanding it to get back to the raw wood as I want to stain the piece. Would that also work with laquer seeing that we are in our raining season in Cape Town, South Africa?

    ReplyDelete
  2. Hi Magda, Yes absolutely, are you using Chalk Paint to stain the piece? As long as you're using Chalk Paint with Chalk Paint Lacquer you'll be fine. Please refer to the information on the use of our Lacquer to ensure maximum protection.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Annie. Could you explain why we shouldn’t wax outdoor furniture? I’m guessing it’s cause lacquer provides better protection but I’m not sure if I’ll get it here in India.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, the main reason is that the Lacquer has UV protection within it whereas the wax does not.

      Delete
  4. Hi annie love your paints.
    I have recently been focussing on outdoor furniture.

    I have a faded brown table n chair set.
    Can you please suggest what all I need along with chalk paints?

    ReplyDelete
  5. Love your chalk paints and have done several upcycled furniture pieces in wood and metal. I am now wondering if this lacquer for outdoor would be appropriate to help me on my 3-season room. It has a plywood sub-floor that we have been struggling to determine a floorcovering - regular tile or laminate we feel will suffer from the winter cold/freezing temps and crack. I don't want carpet and because it is screened during part off the year it can get rained on. I want a surface I can mop clean as needed. Today when I read about lacquer I am inspired to chalk paint the plywood and use the lacquer as a top coat but your Do's and Don'ts outdoor chalk painting does not mention use on anything but furniture pieces. Please let me know if you recommend regular chalk paint with a 2-coat (or more?) lacquer top coat for my 3-season room plywood floor. I am so excited to do this so I hope to hear from you soon! thanks so much!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Hi Annie,
    Can I use your Chalk Paint on Exterior Brick on my house? If so what are the steps involved? Do I need to Seal the paint?

    ReplyDelete
  7. Hi Annie, I have some old concrete paving slabs in my garden which are was going to throw away but I decided to first try painting them. I read a blog recently that suggested painting patio slabs in masonry paint and then sealing with a tough sealant. Would chalk paint be a suitable alternative to masonry paint for paving slabs which will be walked on?
    Thanks,
    Becky

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Becky! Chalk Paint® is fantastic on masonry and will not require a sealer out of doors, but if you would like to seal them, Annie Sloan Lacquer is a great outdoor sealer. -Jen at ASI

      Delete
  8. Can I paint outdoor cushions and use them outside? Do I seal them with wax

    ReplyDelete
  9. Hello Marie!! You can absolutely paint your outdoor cushions! Thin the paint with a little water, and paint your cushions! Allow them to dry thoroughly, and sand lightly with fine sanding pads. Repeat these steps until you achieve the depth of color and evenness you're looking for. Wax is not intended for use out of doors, so once they're painted, your all set!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hi guys
    I am planning to paint my front door (varnished wood, with open covered porch, does get a little rain when wind blowing and direct sunlight in the morning and a metal meter Cupboard that is exposed to rain with AS chalk paint.
    My understanding is I can do this with two coats of paint and then use lacquer on top.
    Please confirm if this is correct.
    Also the door was revarnished a few years ago and I don’t thing the painter prepped properly so there are a few small varnish bluster, which I am planning to sand smooth before I paint - again please confirm this is OK to do Or do I need to do anymore prep work?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Laine! Yes, the lacquer is a good outdoor sealer for Chalk Paint®! Apply two coats of paint allowing it to dry thoroughly between coats before applying the lacquer. I would recommend sanding down the varnish bluster, and applying a thin coat of clear shellac before painting to seal that particular spot.

      Delete
  11. Does the weather affect chalk paint? I need to paint an indoor piece outdoors and it's raining. I will be covered, just didn't know if the weather temp and humidity affected the piece.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! You should be fine to paint whilst it's raining, but it may take a bit longer to dry due to the humidity. -Jen at ASI

      Delete
  12. Hi! I’m planning to use Rust-oleum’s Chalked Aged Glaze to paint a concrete pedestal I’ll use outdoors. Any tips? Should I spray on a coat and then rub some off? Any advice would be much appreciated!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Hello Gena, I'm afraid I can't help you with that paint line, you might contact Rust-oleum. If you have any questions about the Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan line of products, I'll be happy to help! -Jen at ASI

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi, is it possible to use gold leaf with stencils? I love your paint, have done lots of projects over the years now wanting a bit of bling.
    Judi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Judi! It is possible! You can apply Gold Size over the stencil using either a stencil brush or a roller. Be sure to wash brush/roller and stencil immediately afterward to avoid damage, the size dries quickly. Once the size turns clear and becomes "tacky" you can apply your metal leaf! -Jen at ASI

      Delete
  15. I have used danish oil on my new summer house! Stupidly as I now want to paint it, can I use your chalk paint over this? Thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Greetings Ashley! You can paint over Danish Oil, but you will need to allow it to cure fully before doing so. Also, a light sanding will allow the paint to bond a bit better. -Jen at ASI

      Delete
  16. Hi Annie, just wondering if I can use your paint to paint my canvas tent it will get wet at some point, I just want to freshen it up as it went mouldy.
    Thanks

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! I would test it in an inconspicuous area first. Canvas tents are typically treated with a water repellant coating which could resist the paint. Untreated canvas paints up beautifully. Thin the paint with water to the consistency of milk and brush onto the canvas and allow to dry fully. If it feels stiff, simply sand lightly with fine sanding pads. You can apply more coats to get the depth of color and evenness you're looking for, and then spray with a waterproofing product to protect the fabric.

      Delete
  17. Hi there. I am wondering if chalk paint to get the RH look would work outside on decking. Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello! Yes!! Color washing the paint over wood in multiple shades of your liking can create the weathered wood effect!!

      Delete
  18. Hi, I previously painted outside metal furniture with chalk paint but stupidly put a dark wax on some areas. This faded and became very chalky over a,couple of summers. I then re painted with alfresco chalk paint (not you paint) amd covered for winter .. when I took covers off in spring the paint had lifted and flaked off making it look DREADFUL. I have been jet washing, sanding etc on an off .. the furniture I'd quite ornate and detailed so hard to strip! I am now wondering whether to paint in hammerite metal paint or chalk paint with your brand ..which is the best I've used .. amd use the lacquer.. please let me know your thoughts and advice .. , many thanks Clare

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Clare. Please don't be so hard on yourself. Wax is not meant for outdoor use so it's best not to use it on outdoor pieces. The other paint you used may have had polymers in it which will peel when painted over the wax. Chalk Paint® can be painted over wax successfully since there are no polymers in the paint. You can simply repaint with Chalk Paint once you remove the peeling paint, and seal them with the lacquer. Be sure to completely encapsulate the furniture in lacquer to make it water resistant. I also might suggest keeping the furniture protected from rain for a few weeks to allow it to cure fully. I hope this helps.

      Delete
  19. I have an 8-10 seater blackwood dining room table which gets oiled regularly - a Woodoc product or similar. The idea is to use your product to modernize and colour the table.Would I need to degrease the table before application. What would you suggest ?
    Superb products you have.I look forward to your response

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello, A household degreaser like TSP Substitute will do the trick. Another suggestion would be to mix denatured alcohol and water 1 to 1. Allow either method to dry thoroughly before painting.

      Delete
  20. Hi Annie,
    We purchased a derelict grade 2 listed building and the conservation officer has stipulated that all exterior windows and door frames to be painted in chalky white paint.
    Can you use it for that purpose?and would it need to have any kind of protection coat afterwards?
    It takes forever to get any kind of reply back from the conservation officer so your comments would be appreciated.
    Regards.
    Peter

    ReplyDelete
  21. You can use Chalk Paint® for that purpose, and I would recommend sealing it with the lacquer, which is rated for outdoor use.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Hi Annie!
    I plan to distress paint my outdoor furniture with Annie Sloan chalk paints. Do you think I should wax it before sanding it after the 2nd colour coat? And then lacquer paint it since I’m going to keep them out and it can get quite sunny here in India.
    Or should I just sand it skipping the clear wax and just lacquer it post sanding?

    Do let me know

    Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Tejasvi, I do not recommend wax for outdoor use, but the lacquer is a great alternative. Technically, the paint is rated for outdoor use on its own, and does not technically require a sealer when used on outdoor pieces.

      Delete
  23. Can chalk paint be used to color a driveway?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You can paint concrete with Chalk Paint, yes!

      Delete
  24. Our lives have been made easier by the introduction of bottled and jarred packaged goods It has aided in the easy and effective transport of commodities from one location to another. Despite this, it played a critical role during the pandemic. The demand for packaged items has risen dramatically in recent years. For long-term storage of food, a variety of containers are employed. Bottles and jars are the two most common types of food packaging. Food items are packaged in glass to keep them from spoiling. Food packaging has been used since the dawn of time. When food and liquids were kept in glass jars and bottles for storage and preservation.

    https://www.mygeekshelp.com/benefits-of-bottle-and-jarred-products/

    ReplyDelete
  25. Hello Everyone! We have a team of highly trained and experienced writers from all over the world who provide excellent assignment writing service to students, we have consumers ordering your assignment help service from a variety of places. We make certain to hire the best writers who can provide you with high-quality work and online assignment help so that you can easily boost your college grades.
    Degrees from some of the world's most prestigious and top universities, and so are completely aware of the university's educational requirements that must be completed in University assignments. Professional writers come from a variety of educational backgrounds, and we will assign your task based on the assignment writer's area of competence.

    ReplyDelete
  26. The Cricut setup or the Cricut Machine is an electric tool designed to cut various material like iron-on transfers, paper and vinyl. The Cricut machine is called the die-cutting Machine and can cut leather and wood. If you've purchased the Cricut maker but are unable to get it set up and you're not sure how to set it up, you're at the right spot. The website cricut.com/setup can help you setup the Cricut machine. This is due to the subscription process and uploading the file or design you wish to use for your project. The cricut com setup machine is made to cut vinyl, paper and a variety of other materials into different designs. The Cricut machine is extremely useful in architecture and for work on projects.

    ReplyDelete
  27. The Cricut machine is called the die-cutting Machine and can cut leather and wood. If you've purchased the Cricut maker but are unable to get it set up and you're not sure how to set it up, you're at the right spot. The website cricut deisgn space can help you setup the Cricut machine. This is due to the subscription process and uploading the file or design you wish to use for your project. The cricut design machine is made to cut vinyl, paper and a variety of other materials into different designs. The Cricut machine is extremely useful in architecture and for work on projects. The Cricut setup or the Cricut Machine is an electric tool designed to cut various material like iron-on transfers, paper and vinyl.

    ReplyDelete
  28. This is very good blog post, I like the way you pointed all stuff, must follow below useful link.
    plex.tv/link

    ReplyDelete
  29. These steps are used to link your big screen devices like Android TV, Smart TV and Apple TV etc. As you know, typing your password on such devices can be a bit tricky.plex.tv link

    ReplyDelete
  30. Searching do my assignment for me on the web to hire someone to do your assignments, now no more search is required just visit qqi assignments help to get your assignments done by our team of experts.

    ReplyDelete
  31. aka ms remote connect
    The Aka.Ms remote connect is way to connect the individuals to enjoy playing the Minecraft game as a group with computers across the world.

    Steps to Setup Aka.MS/remote connect using smart phone:

    Firstly, open aka.ms/remoteconnect website and check your gaming device and login into your account.
    Secondly, login to your Microsoft account.
    Now, follow the on-screen instructions to connect.

    ReplyDelete

  32. Get the best RO purifier services in Delhi. It is serviced by trained professionals. Book an offline service request in 3 seconds. Call us now. +91 9588100469
    https://roservices.co.in/

    ReplyDelete
  33. Neuroscience Assignment Help assignment writing services which is provided by Great Assignment Help. If you are looking for unique content of assignment just take our services. And get high score on your academics.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Driveways Services
    As a professional concrete specialist service provider, Safeway Driveways Yorkshire has worked hard to ensure that it is working in the best interest of its clients. We offer you services that are tailored to suit your needs. If you are planning to get a driveway, patio or even resurfacing a car park? We give you the best services in all our areas and we aim to make this process just as easy for you so too possible.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I am glad to see that you provide the best explanation as you ever provided. However, my urge to you is to make it simpler to let benefit it from other person as well. The professional available at Assignment Helper Online destination holds the great convincing ability. We write in such a way that you cannot find more lethargic anymore.

    ReplyDelete


  36. But one of the best strategies that have created a custom packaging boxes significant impact regarding the product quality, images, and sales is by offering consumers advanced and quality custom packaging.

    ReplyDelete
  37. Nice blog and absolutely outstanding. You can do something much better but i still say this perfect. Keep trying for the best.louisleather

    ReplyDelete