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How much Dixie Belle Paint will I need?
8 oz covers approx 38 sq ft
16 ox covers approx 75 sq ft
32 oz covers approx 150 sq ft
Dixie Belle chalk mineral paint goes twice as far as regular acrylic paint? Now depending on the style of your painting, you may even get more surface coverage out of our paint or less if you are a heavy-handed painter. To put this more into perspective–A hutch which is 37” wide and 68” tall would need less than an 8 oz container of paint, depending on how you paint of course. You can paint an entire dining room table and a couple of chairs with an 8 oz container if you are a light painter. One of our customers documented her coverage with a 32 oz size of Dixie Belle and this is what she could complete: 3 dressers with mirrors, 2 chests of drawers, 2 night stands and 1 headboard.That is eight pieces of furniture out of just one quart of Dixie Belle Paint. The color you choose also has some bearing on the amount needed for good coverage.
Is there a trick to putting on Clear Coat?
It is important to use a damp paint brush, and apply a very thin coat. Do not work your brush back and forth, just one stroke. After about an hour it should be dry and then you can apply a second coat to make it even.
Do you put on Clear Coat first or Glaze first?
There is no right or wrong way so do this. It depends on the look you want to achieve. Dixie Belle Paint is porous by nature, so if you want an uneven look for example in cavities or detailed areas, then glaze first. If you want an even smooth look, ie. Flat surfaces, then clear coat first and then glaze.
My Clear Coat is “yellowing”, what happened?
It is not the clear coat, sometimes the furniture you are working on has a number of things that might be happening. It could have a heavy stain, varnish or it could have been in a house that had heavy smokers etc. When you apply the clear coat over you painted piece, it actually pulls up the stain or tobacco stains. No worries, now that you have clear coated the piece it will seal it and then re-paint.
Does Dixie Belle Paint have to be sealed?
No, once Dixie Belle Paint has cured, after 30 days, it is durable just the way it is. You can paint and be done with it if you like the look.
Should I use Easy Peasy Spray Wax before or after Clear Coat?
Both of these products are water-based and are interchangeable. You can use one or both but it is not necessary to use both.
How do you use Easy Peasy Spray Wax?
Shake the bottle, use a light mist on the furniture; take a lint free cloth and wipe. Repeat at least 2 more times. As with any wax, this should be repeated every 6 to 9 months.
Can you paint leather? Fabric?
Yes, Dixie Belle Paint is perfect for both fabrics. Just lightly mist your furniture with water. (Do not over-saturate), and then paint like normal. You might have to do a second coat. When dry sand with 220 grit sanding sponge and your fabric will feel like leather.
My paint is chipping off….Why?
Chalk paint adheres to many surface….some surfaces maybe a little trickier than others. Laminate or shiny slick surfaces should be cleaned first with a solution of our amazing cleaner called White Lightening. Follow the directions and make sure to wear gloves. You can find White Lightning at your favorite Dixie Belle Paint retailer or click here. Then once you paint any surface you need to have the paint “cure” first which takes about 30 days.
How do I do a layered look?
Paint a base color and after it dries paint a second color. Use a 150 sanding sponge and start sanding away to let the base color show through. You can also wet distress. Just dampen a sanding sponge and wipe away lightly until first coat is revealed. This works well if you have painted the first coat and waited a few days and then applied the second coat. You will need to wet distress within hours after application because once cured paint is difficult to remove.
Can I paint my kids furniture with Dixie Belle Paint?
Dixie Belle Paint is non-toxic with no VOC’s.
How do you paint with Dixie Belle Paint?
Dixie Belle Paint is very thick so a little goes a long way. The longer the lid stays off the thicker it will get. If you like a thinner look just add a little water and stir. Clean the item you want to paint with Dixie Belle White Lightening, take a damp brush, (you can use a chip brush, special brushes designed for chalk painting or whatever brush you like to work with ) and paint a very thin coat. It will dry very quickly. Some items will need a second coat so after about 30 minutes add another coat.
*Information provided by Dixie Belle Paint Company