Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint?

Chalkworthy™ is specialized furniture & decorating paint that dries in a beautiful soft matte finish.  Its thick, rich formula adheres to almost any indoor or outdoor surface – and there is typically no need to sand or prime before painting!  For most projects, 1-2 coats will provide full coverage.  Gorgeous results have never been so fun and simple!

Chalkworthy™ is a kind paint too— it is water-based, with minimal odor, and contains extremely low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

 

I don’t want my piece to be distressed or antiqued.  Will Chalkworthy™ work for me?

Absolutely! Chalkworthy accommodates any design aesthetic-  paint and finish to your preference!  Your color choices and application techniques will influence what design style your project will be.    

What surfaces can Chalkworthy™ be applied over?

Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint adheres to almost any indoor or outdoor surface:  wood, paint, stone, brick, concrete, metal, terracotta, low pile fabric, etc.  

 

*Transform furniture, walls, decor & fabric with ease

*Resurface concrete, wood, and porous stone flooring

*Refresh outdoor furniture (do not seal with the Soft Waxes on outdoor surfaces)

*Revitalize upholstery

 

Whether our paint helps you to rescue vintage finds, re-love old cupboards, or make fun patterns over drab fabric, you will surround yourself with special pieces that are a reflection of you!

What is the prep work?

For most projects, the only prep work is a simple cleaning and dusting of the surface! 

However, there may be rare occasions when you do need to sand first.  For example, you may need to sand to remove chipping paint, rust, or other surface imperfections, or when the surface is slick/glossy (this includes melamine and laminates).   You may also elect to use a liquid deglosser in combination with sanding on very slick surfaces.

For pieces that require a deeper cleaning prior to painting, like old furniture or cabinets, we recommend using odorless Mineral Spirits.  After wiping down your piece with Mineral Spirits, be sure to allow them to completely evaporate prior to painting.

For unfinished/untreated wood: be sure to apply clear shellac to any open grains and wood knots.  Applying 1-2 coats of shellac will block any tannins from bleeding through your Chalkworthy™ painted surface. 

How do I care for my finish?

Use a soft cloth dampened with water + mild soap to remove any marks or stains on your finish.  Do NOT use any liquid furniture polishes or cleaners with harsh chemicals.  Projects finished with Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint & Soft Wax are very durable against everyday wear and tear, but remember to treat your pieces with consideration.  Avoid excessive/trapped water and protect your finish from extreme temperatures or humidity.  Please allow your new finish to harden and cure before placing items onto the surface that may scratch or mar the finish. 

Water-based paints (like Chalkworthy™) typically take approximately 3 weeks to fully harden and cure.  So, although your project will be dry to the touch within hours, it is important to remember the finish is still sensitive during this cure time.  The Soft Wax is also hardening and curing during this time.  Variations in temperature, humidity and application thickness may affect the drying and curing time.

 

What type of brush do I use?

Chalkworthy’s™ Paint and Wax bristle brushes are perfect for applying both the Antiquing Paint and Soft Wax.  Our brushes allow you to paint with a beautiful depth and texture, are simple to work with, and hold a lot of paint!

If you elect to use a different paintbrush to apply the Antiquing Paint, we recommend using a brush with long flexible natural bristles.  If the bristles are too short or hard, the paint can look scratchy and will not flow well.  Consequently, if you choose a brush that is too floppy, it can be difficult to spread the paint.

How to avoid brushstrokes:

We love the authentic look and depth that bristle brushes create.  However, if you would like to create a super smooth finish, you may elect to use a flat brush or sponge roller to apply the paint.  Additionally, you may wish to sand the surface prior to waxing with fine grit sandpaper.  *If you are a professional or experienced painter, you may also apply Chalkworthy with a HVLP paint sprayer, but be sure to dilute the paint with water to get the accurate viscosity.

How do I clean my brushes:

Clean paint brushes with water immediately after use.  Clean wax brushes with warm water and grease cutting soap. Be sure to clean while the wax is still fresh on the brush.  If your wax has been left to dry on the bristles and has hardened, soak the bristles in odorless mineral spirits to dissolve the wax (approx. 5 mins).  Then, wash the brush thoroughly.  Be sure to allow the mineral spirits to evaporate before throwing out the container. 

Why is the Soft Wax important and how do you apply it?

Our Soft Wax has been specially formulated to enhance and add water protection for Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint projects.

Impressively, Chalkworthy™ paint and wax products may be mixed together to create a tinted wax.

 

How do you apply the Clear Soft Wax?

Use a wax brush or soft cloth and apply Clear Wax in a loose circular motion over your antiquing paint and then in the direction of any wood grain or brush strokes.  Do not apply too much wax, as this will cause the surface to feel “tacky”.  Wipe the excess off with a lint free rag or old undershirt.  Do not scrub or work in a small concentrated area as this may cause paint to rub off.  You want to remove the wax gently, evenly, and in the same direction as your painted brush strokes or wood grain.  Allow to dry at least 1 hour.  If you desire a higher sheen, buff with a clean soft cloth, brush, or use #0000 steel wool.  If the wax seems difficult to buff, allow more dry time.  If sheen is uneven, go over lightly with straight, even strokes using #0000 steel wool.

*Do not seal outdoor surfaces with wax.  The outdoor heat/temperature variations may reactivate the wax and make the surface tacky.

 

How do you apply the Black or Burnt Umber Soft Wax?

For a darker, full coverage distressed look, you may choose to apply your Black or Burnt Umber Wax directly over your Chalkworthy™ as the dark tint will absorb into your antiquing paint application.

For a more subtle distressed look or if you only want the Black or Burnt Umber Wax to accentuate some cracks, detailing, or crevices but not heavily soak into the entire surface, you will want to first apply the Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax.  By first applying the Clear Soft Wax, you add protection and help prevent the stain in the dark wax from directly penetrating the Chalkworthy™ antiquing paint.  This allows you to feather or blend more strategically and is the more typical choice.

Apply the Black or Burnt Umber Wax just like the Clear Wax application described above.  But be sure to work your dark wax into any brush textures, furniture detailing, molding or recessed areas to create a pronounced aged look.  You can also elect to add dark wax to isolated areas using a smaller artist brush.

 

My wax is tacky and will not dry, WHY?

Tacky wax that doesn’t seem to dry is a sure sign you have too much wax!  One of the most common errors is applying too much wax and not wiping off the excess.   Be sure you are simply wiping the excess and not actually buffing your piece during this step.  Very thin and uniform coats are best.

If you have a tacky piece, first take clean cloth or rag and lightly rub on one area of your piece for 20 seconds.  Feel and see if any of the tackiness has disappeared.  Sometimes the tackiness can be removed with this type of thorough rubbing method.  However, if the tackiness is still there, you may apply a fresh coat of Clear Wax and this time be sure to remove the excess.  When you apply a fresh coat of wax, it activates the top layer of the previous tacky application.   Another option of removing the tackniess is to use a little mineral spirits to clean off the wax build up. 

 

What are the common application techniques?

Standard “Vintage Look”:

Apply 1-2 coats of Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint depending on your project or until you reach full coverage.  Once dry, apply Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working the wax into the paint and removing any excess as you go.  If you would like to further distress your worn look, lightly use fine or medium grit sandpaper on the edges, corners, and molding until under layers or surfaces are apparent.   Still want to take your distressing further? Try our Chalkworthy™ Black or Burnt Umber Soft Waxes.  Or you can mix our White Linen paint with our Clear Soft Wax to create a light dusty wax tint that contrasts nicely over darkly painted surfaces.  Work these tinted waxes into any brush textures, furniture detailing, molding, or recessed areas creating a pronounced aged look! If you want this to be subtle then apply while your first Clear Wax layer is still “wet” or only apply in particular areas of high detail.

Smooth & Modern:

Smooth or remove any prominent textures with medium-grit sandpaper.  Lightly water down your Chalkworthy™ Antiquing paint.  Then evenly and smoothly, apply paint in the same direction as the grain until you reach full coverage.  *Optional – Once dry, use a fine #600 grit sandpaper or higher to smooth or buff the surface.  Lastly, apply Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working the wax into the paint and removing any excess as you go. Sealing with the Soft Wax will help protect all your creative reinventions!

“Multi-Tone” Distressing:

Choose two of our colors you feel will contrast nicely.  Apply 1-2 coats of a base color.  Once the base color is dry, apply the second color to your coverage preference.   For example, you may apply the second color densely- only showing hints of the under color.  Or, you may expressively brush on light accents of the second color.   Once dry, apply Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working the wax into the paint and removing any excess as you go.  If you would like to further your distressed worn look, lightly use fine or medium grit sandpaper on the edges, corners, and molding until under layers or surfaces are apparent.   Still want to take your distressing further? Try our Chalkworthy™ Black or Burnt Umber Soft Waxes.  Or- you may mix our white Linen paint with our Clear Soft Wax to create a light dusty wax tint that contrast nicely over darkly painted surfaces.  Work these tinted waxes into any brush textures, furniture detailing, molding, or recessed areas creating a pronounced aged look! If you want this to be subtle then apply while your first Clear Wax layer is still “wet” or only apply in particular areas of high detail.

“Years of Use” Chippy Look:

Apply 1-2 coats of antiquing paint.  Wait until each coat is dry to the touch before moving on to the next step.  Apply more coats of nicely contrasting colors over your base color if you want a “multi-tone” chippy look.  Apply petroleum jelly over areas you would like for paint to resist or “chip”.  Then, apply your final thick coat of paint directly over the entire surface, including the petroleum jelly.  While the paint is wet, apply heat over entire area with a hair dry to help create the look of distressed cracks.  The areas above the petroleum jelly will crack more visibly.  Chip off paint to your style preference using any tool available i.e.: putty knife.  Still want to take your distressing further? Try our Chalkworthy™ Black or Burnt Umber Soft Waxes.  Or- you may mix our white Linen paint with our Clear Soft Wax to create a light dusty wax tint that contrast nicely over darkly painted surfaces.  Work these tinted waxes into any brush textures, furniture detailing, molding, or recessed areas creating a pronounced aged look! If you want this to be subtle then apply while your first Clear Wax layer is still “wet” or only apply in particular areas of high detail.  Lastly, apply Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working the wax into the paint and removing any excess as you go.  

Upholstery Makeover:

Pick a non-shedding, low pile fabric or upholstery to paint.  Use a spray bottle to dampen fabric until fabric is damp but not dripping wet.  Pour 20% water directly into your paint and mix and apply thin coats.  The thicker the fabric, the more thin layers may need to be applied.  Allow your thin coats to dry to the touch between each layer you apply.  Use #300 grit or finer sand paper if any fabric fuzzies or small paint clumps need smoothing.  Re-apply more thin paint coats if needed until surface is fully coated.  *Important – This is not a dye, so the paint will alter your final result causing your fabric to feel slightly firmer but still functional and flexible.  Test on a small hidden area of your upholstery or fabric if curious of final outcome.  If you choose to smooth your surface down with sand paper, be sure to wipe sanding debris and dust off before apply your wax sealer.  Lastly, apply Chalkworthy™ Clear Soft Wax with a brush or lint-free cloth, working the wax into the paint and removing any excess as you go. 

Outdoor Furniture:

Apply Chalkworthy™ to your outside decor, metal, concrete, terracotta, and matte plastic.  Best results if kept dry, otherwise paints will distress naturally.  Do NOT add wax to outdoor surfaces.

Kitchen or Bathroom Cabinets:

Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint applies beautifully over most wood cabinetry.  Be sure to thoroughly clean, especially areas that receive a lot of use (like the utensil drawer).  We recommend sanding to provide the strongest adhesion—kitchen and bathroom cabinets are often high-traffic areas.  Wipe away all sanding dust and apply at least 2 coats of Chalkworthy™.  Then apply 2-3 coats of Soft Wax for protection and durability-  allow each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next as this will create the strongest bond.  Clean your finish with soft cloth dampened with water and mild soap.  Refresh your wax seal with a light application as needed.

**For melamine or laminate cabinets: Degloss the glossy/slick surface with a fine grit sandpaper and/or liquid deglosser.  Wipe away all dust particles.  Apply a thin first coat of paint and allow to dry 48 hours to promote optimal bonding.  Then, paint 1-2 more coats of Chalkworthy™.  Once dry, apply 2-3 coats of Soft Wax for protection and durability.  Allow each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next.

Floors:

Chalkworthy™ can be used to refresh wood, concrete, ceramic tile, or porous flooring.  Paint solid or apply as a wash.  Get creative by applying a mult-toned rustic affect or paint in patterns!

Use a brush to paint the edges of the floor and apply paint with a sponge roller or brush.  Apply a thin first coat and allow to dry- we recommend allowing 24 hours of dry time to encourage optimal adhesion.  Then, follow up with another coat of paint if desired.  Once the flooring is painted and dried, finish with a water-based high-traffic sealer.  (A Chalkworthy™ Floor Lacquer is coming soon!)

**If you are painting over wood with knots, you may need to first apply 2 coats of shellac.  The tannins in wood with knots or stains may bleed through the paint if not treated first with Shellac.  If you already applied your first coat of Chalkworthy™ and then notice a stain bleeding through, not to worry!  Simply apply the Shellac at this point, let dry, and then repaint with Chalkworthy™.

When cleaning Chalkworthy™ painted floors, do not use excessive water or harsh cleaners like bleach.

Chalkworthy™ is not recommended for areas of high water use (such as a bathroom floor).

Faux wood floors:

From Linoleum to “Barn Wood” with paint!  A detailed how-to is coming soon!

Making a wash:

To make a “wash” – First pour some Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint into a cup or bowl.  Then make a line on your cup or bowl to note how high the paint was in it- that way, if you need to make more you will have an accurate measurement. Next, begin to add water one teaspoon at a time- and again, remember to note the amount you add.  The mixture of water and paint should begin to thin out.  There is no exact recipe or rule— develop the thinness of your paint wash based on your preference.  A little goes a long way in regards to coverage.  For example, for a medium sized dresser, approximately ½ cup of paint + 3-4 teaspoons of water is all that would be needed for a wash.  To apply, use the tips of your brush- we like to use a cheap chip brush when applying washes as it leaves a rustic streaky texture.  Brush the wash on in straight and clean lines.  Apply in small sections and immediately wipe off any excess. During the wiping off process, avoid “blotch marks” by wiping off in even pressured stokes from side to side.  Never wipe in circles.  Replace your rag if it becomes to saturated.  Let dry and then wax as normal.

Chalkboard finish:

Every Chalkworthy™ antiquing paint color can be used to create a Chalkboard finish, but for a traditional blackboard look, apply Cast Iron.  Paint 3 - 4 coats and let each coat dry in between the next.  Do NOT wax. Once all coats are applied, let the paint cure for at least 24 hours before writing with chalk.  We suggest first rounding the tip of a new piece of chalk prior to writing on your chalkboard so the corner is not too sharp.  Do not use Chalkmarkers as they may become permanent to the surface. Traditional chalk pieces preform best.  For clean up:  use a wet/damp cloth.  Please note, the first time you clean your Chalkworthy™ chalkboard finish- you may see a small amount of residual color.

Mixing Chalkworthy™ colors:

Get creative and make your own custom shade!  Any of our Chalkworthy Antiquing Paints can be mixed with each other to create a new hue.  Try adding White Linen to create a lighter paler tint of any color or Cast Iron to create a darker shade.

Making your piece as smooth as glass- how to buff with steel wool:

After you have applied your clear wax, removed the excess wax from your entire piece, and the surface is totally dry- buff with one steel wool grade #000 pad.  Gently wipe your piece in the same direction as the grain of your brush strokes.  Buff for a few light swipes and then feel the surface to gage how smooth it is.  Buff to your desired preference.  If you buff too vigorously or for too many passes, you may begin to remove paint.   One steel wool pad will easily buff an entire dresser. 

Can you paint over or refine Chalkworthy™?

Absolutely!  One of the many benefits of Chalkworthy™ is how easy it is to refine and customize.

*If NO wax has been applied over your Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint™: 

Simply repaint with another Chalkworthy™ color or any other paint product of your choosing.

*If wax has been applied:

If the wax is cured (meaning it was applied at least 3 weeks ago) then you may paint directly over the cured wax with any Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint color.

If the wax is fresh, you will need to remove the wax using minerals spirits.  Moisten a lint-free cloth or rag with mineral spirits and wipe your piece in the direction of your paintbrush strokes.  Do not aggressively scrub or focus on one spot.  Replace your rag if it becomes saturated.  After wax removal, the surface should feel matte like it did before the wax was applied.  Once the wax removal is complete, you may repaint with another Chalkworthy™ Antiquing Paint color or any other paint product of your choosing.

How to repair a mark or blemish:

If you notice a blemish in your wax finish, not to worry!  Simply use a bit of Clear Soft Wax on a soft cloth to rub out the mark. 

How long does it take to deliver?

STANDARD SHIPPING

For orders over $50 we have a FREE shipping option for all domestic orders to the U.S., and U.S. territories.

All standard orders are processed and shipped within 1 to 3 business days. Shipments typically arrive within 5-10 business days from the date of shipment.

Your package will be shipped via FedEx or United States Postal Service. Final delivery on select FedEx shipments may be made by the United States Postal Service. Once your package is shipped, you will receive a shipment notification via email with your tracking number and a link to the carrier's website to track your package. There will be no signature required upon delivery.

EXPEDITED SHIPPING OPTIONS

All expedited orders placed on business days (Monday through Friday) will be processed and shipped the next business day. If your order is placed on a Saturday, Sunday or postal holiday, it will ship the following business day.

Orders sent to P.O. boxes must be shipped via USPS and do not qualify for expedited shipping options.

What is the warranty?

If you have an unused materials that you would like to return, please contact Chalkworthy within 60 days of the day of purchase for a full refund, excluding shipping and handling.

Giani, Inc.

2216 North Broadway

St. Louis, Mo 63102

800-650-5699

 

In lieu of a refund, you may choose to receive a new Kit of the same value. Simply contact us at 800-650-5699 or email info@gianigranite.com for the exchange.

If you purchased your Giani Products from a retail store or an online marketplace other than gianigranite.com – then please return the materials to the place of purchase.

 

LIMITED MATERIAL WARRANTY

Giani,Inc. warrants, for a period of 12 months from the date of application, that its products are free from defects in materials and workmanship, when applied and maintained in accordance with proper surface preparation and application recommended by Giani.  After 12 months, customers are expected to maintain their counters and take the proper care as listed under the FAQs/Instructions and cover any damages that ensue if care is not maintained.

 

THIS WARRANTY DOES NOT COVER:

(1) Dissatisfaction, problems, or damage due to application or maintenance other than as recommended by Giani in its printed labels, and instructions

(2) Labor costs (as this is a DIY kit and designed to be used by anyone and does not require the use of a contractor/professional painter)

(3) Damage due to accidents or damage caused by chemicals not approved for exposure by Giani.

(4) Minor chips or wear from excessive impact or friction.

 

This warranty gives you specific legal rights. You may also have other rights that may vary from state to state. Giani’s sponge applicator is designed specifically to achieve the optimal granite finish. Failure to use this may void the Warranty.

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