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Want to paint wood with chalkboard paint? There are a few tricks to know before you apply chalkboard paint to bare wood to ensure the right finish.
Steps for Applying Chalkboard Paint to Wood
- If you’re coating bare wood, start by applying a primer. Chalk paint has a thinner consistency compared to traditional paint, so, once dry, sand the primer smooth and wipe the surface clean.
- Open the can of chalkboard paint and thoroughly mix the paint.
- Using a dense foam roller, apply the chalkboard paint in light, even coats. Try not to over-roll the paint. Let dry.
- If additional coats are required, and they typically are, lightly sand the surface between coats and check the manufacture’s specification for proper recoat time.
- After the final coat, allow the finish to cure for three days.
- If you plan to write on the chalkboard, allow it to dry for three days and then condition the surface by pulling the side of a piece of chalk over the entire surface, and then wiping it with a clean, dry cloth. Now you’re ready to write!
Cleaning the Chalkboard
If you want to clean the chalkboard with a damp cloth, wait at least 7 days after applying the paint to do so. Otherwise, you can clean the surface with a traditional eraser or dry cloth between drawings.
- Chalkboard paint
- Primer (optional)
- 220-grit sanding sponge
- Lint-free cloths
- Paint stick