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

32 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?

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  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.

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    1. Thank you, Annie. Yes I am using Duck egg blue and Aubusson blue.

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  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.

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

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  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?

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  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!

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  7. 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?

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    1. Hi Tina! No need to seal - the exterior brickwork of Annie's factory has been painted in Primer Red for 5 years and still looks as good as the day we did it. You just need to check the weather forecast - you want three dry drys ideally to allow the paint to really adhere properly. Brick is very porous so there is no need to seal. If you live somewhere really sunny and are worried about the colour fading - especially if you're using a very vivid colour for example Florence - you may want to Lacquer for extra protection. I hope this helps!

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    2. Thank you so much, I forgot to ask about the exterior steps and walkways. Will they be safe to paint as well being they are horizontal. Will it hold up well to the elements of hot and cold weather in New York.

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  8. I painted our boats seats coco and loved the look. Within a month the seat turned green; the back remained brown. . Any advice

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    1. Hi Linda! I imagine this is because water and possibly sunshine will have caused damage on the flat facing surfaces. This won't have happened on the vertical surfaces where water won't collect and which are less exposed to the sun. Do a patch test using Coco and Lacquer to ensure the problem isn't due to staining in the wood - if the wood has been oiled in the past, for example, Chalk Paint® will draw those oils out and create a stain. I don't think this can be the case though since it didn't happen on the verticals. I recommend testing anyway to be sure. If you do see stains, apply a coat of Lacquer as a primer to lock the stains in, then Chalk Paint®, then Lacquer again to give water resistance and protect against UV rays. If your test patches reveal no oils in the wood, just apply another coat of Coco then Lacquer over the top. I hope this helps!

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  9. Hi I am looking into buying a plastic shed and painting the PVC roof..... would it be ok to use chalk paint for this? Thanks!

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  10. Thank you so much, I forgot to ask about the exterior brick steps and walkways. Will they be safe to paint as well being they are horizontal. Will it hold up well to the elements of hot and cold weather in New York.

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  13. Can I use chalk paint to paint over a painted glazed ceramic vase

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  14. Hi Annie! I plan on making a painting for my house on a wood base which I want to chalk paint. How should I treat the wood first to start off? Do I need to sandpaper and then polish it as well or just a coat of polish. It's my first time with chalk paints and very confused as how to go about.

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  15. Hi Annie! I plan on making a painting for my house on a wood base which I want to chalk paint. How should I treat the wood first to start off? Do I need to sandpaper and then polish it as well or just a coat of polish. It's my first time with chalk paints and very confused as how to go about.

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  16. Hello! Can you give any advice about refreshing/painting outdoor canvas umbrellas? Thank you!

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  17. Hi Annie,
    I just want to say thank you for giving a girl who has NO artistic abilities, whatsoever, a chance to get creative. I'm having lots of fun. Quick question....is it ok to use your wax on a piece of furniture made of raw wood? I just want to seal it and have a matte finish.

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    1. Hi there! So glad you're enjoying exploring your creative side, I'm the same. I can't draw for toffee but I feel so much more confident with Chalk Paint® brush in hand. Anyway! Yes you can use the Wax over raw wood, White Wax will give a lovely limed look, Dark Wax will age the piece, or just use Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to seal, protect and mattify. Have fun! X

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  18. I am wondering if you would use wax for a sealant for pieces that are occasionally out in the sun, such as event rentals. Or if you would recommend lacquer? They are stored indoors on a regular basis. Does heat have any affect on wax sealants?

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  20. I recently acquired some old garden furniture. The flaky varnish and exposed wood I don't have a problem with. There is however quite a lot of mould what do you suggest as preparation.

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