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Hints & Tips


This guide is full of useful tips to help you tackle your first Vintro Chalk Paint® project. 
Vintro Chalk Paint is very forgiving and is really easy to use.  At HQ we use Vintro Chalk Paint on everything from glass, ornaments, fabrics and leather to large furniture makeovers. 
 
Is Vintro Chalk Paint really a no prep paint?
Vintro Chalk Paint will adhere to any surface, however, you need to keep in mind that your finish will only be as good as your base.  If your piece of furniture has a greasy or dirty surface, we would suggest that you give it a good clean down with sugar soap prior to painting so that the paint adheres to the surface of the furniture and not to the dirt!  If you are painting an old piece of furniture with some history, you might find that it has scratches and maybe the odd dent here and there, although we love our paint it cannot perform miracles and these scratches and dents might still show through especially if they are deep.  If your furniture does have scratches and dents or missing pieces of veneer, you might want to give it a slight sand and maybe fill in any dents with a suitable wood filler prior to painting, this will give you a smoother surface to paint over.  If you are thinking of changing any handles, you might need to fill existing holes and drill new holes ready for the new handles.  Now you are ready to paint!
 
My paint is too thick/too thin.
Vintro Chalk Paint has a thick consistency and this is due to the high level of chalk and pigment in it.  It is this thick consistency that gives it an excellent coverage even over dark wood.  Firstly, we recommend that you give your Vintro Chalk Paint a really good stir as this makes the paint more fluid…it really is magic! 
Sometimes a thicker consistency is necessary to show brush strokes especially if you want to produce a more rustic or shabby chic finish.  If you wish to have a smoother finish we suggest you decant some paint and add small amounts of water, maybe a teaspoon at a time, and give the paint a good stir.  We recommend decanting as it is so easy to add too much water because a teaspoon does not seem a lot. 
If your Vintro Chalk Paint is too thin, we recommend that you leave it standing without the lid on for a while and it will thicken up, or for a quicker way, put the tin the fridge!
 
Is there any special way to paint?
No.  Vintro Chalk Paint is very easy to work with and there is no set way of painting.  We recommend if you are painting chairs or tables that you turn it upside down and paint the legs first, but that is because these are places you usually miss bits and don’t notice until you have finished and it also means that the painted bits more visible to eye don’t get scuffed by you turning it over.
 
 
Do I have to distress my work?
No.  Chalk paint is usually linked to shabby chic and rustic finishes, however, we have painted many pieces of furniture without giving it a distressed finish.
 
Do I distress before or after waxing?
This is down to personal choice.  If you distress before waxing there will be some chalky dust, which you can brush off before waxing.  If you wax first and then distress, there will be very little dust however you might use more sandpaper as your sandpaper may clog with wax and then you will need to re-wax the areas you sanded.
 
There is bleed through from the wood.
Some woods are prone to bleed through, especially old utility furniture produced around the 1930’s, cherry wood and some antique oak.  This is due to either the wood itself or due to the colourants that was used on the wood when the piece was produced.  Vintro Chalk Paint usually gives excellent coverage over these pieces, however, never say never, and if this should happen we recommend that you use Vintro Lacquer as a sealant and once it is dry you can apply another layer of paint.  Vintro lacquer will act as a barrier and will stop any bleed through.
 
I want to change the colour; can I paint over wax or lacquer?
When you decide to change the colour palette of your room, you can simply repaint your furniture, straight over the Vintro Chalk Paint and Vintro Wax or Vintro Lacquer, without stripping or sanding.
 
Do I need to seal Vintro Chalk Paint surfaces?
Vintro Chalk Paint is quite a robust paint and unlike some of the other chalk paint brands, it does not wipe off at the brush of a hand, and yet it retains a chalky feel.  If you are painting a piece such as a photograph frame or a decorative piece of furniture that is used for decoration only there is no need to protect the paint, for all other items we recommend that you finish your piece with either Vintro Wax or Vintro Lacquer.  Wax is what most people associate with chalk paint, however, either of these products will make your finish more robust and which you choose is down to personal preference and/or what you are painting.  We would like to remind you that a waxed finish will need to be re-waxed periodically, especially if it is in an area of high traffic.  We recommend speaking with your Vintro Chalk Paint specialist who will be able to guide you through your decision making or drop us a line here at Vintro HQ at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., we would love to hear from you.

How To's


Here you can find information on a variety of useful and interesting things. From the basics of what is in the tin, through to painting furniture, walls, and even kitchens.
upcycling-furniture
Upcycling furnitureIn today’s modern throw away culture, in the U.K. alone, approximately 42% of waste to landfill is old furniture (BBC, 2015).  Most of this furniture still has a long life in it and is usually thrown away due to it being dated or not in trend.  Here at Vintro HQ we have an obsession with old and ugly...View full article
hints-tips
Hints & TipsThis guide is full of useful tips to help you tackle your first Vintro Chalk Paint® project. Vintro Chalk Paint is very forgiving and is really easy to use.  At HQ we use Vintro Chalk Paint on everything from glass, ornaments, fabrics and leather to large furniture makeovers.    Is Vintro Chalk Paint...View full article
the-beginner-s-guide-to-applying-wax
The beginner's guide to applying wax1. Ensure you are working in a ventilated area.  2. You can either use a lint free cloth (an old clean cotton bed sheet, a tee-shirt or rag) or a clean paintbrush. 3. Start by applying a thin coat of wax, Vintro Wax is soft and buttery and spreads easily.  Rub into the surface of your furniture working...View full article
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The beginner's guide to distressing...1. Once you have painted your furniture with Vintro Chalk Paint® and it has dried, you are ready give it a distressed look.  You can achieve the distressed look either before you wax or after, however, if you are wishing to distress an item that is to be lacquered, we recommend you do this before...View full article
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The beginner's guide to using Vintro Chalk...1. There is no prep needed for Vintro Chalk Paint®, however, we recommend that any surface for painting is clean and dry.  If painting a wall, remove dust and any flaking paint/paper.  We recommend using a sugar soap solution on furniture to clean any dust or grease off the surfaces.  Mask off surfaces...View full article
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What is in the tinCarefully remove the clips and gently prise off the lid. Our paint has a unique formula which makes it very thick, this it what gives the exceptional coverage, a quick stir loosens up the paint and makes it more fluid. Depending on the style of painting you are doing, you can add a drop of water to get...View full article
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