In most cases, you don’t have to worry about the bristles being too soft or too stiff that they can remove paint from the surface. That’s why an excellent synthetic brush will do this job fine and a special brush.
Of course, it is better to use a special brush. However, if you’re just getting started with chalk paint, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on a collection of different brushes. A regular paintbrush will work just fine. So you can use whatever paintbrush you already have at home – even if it’s the cheapest foam brush from the hardware store!
What is chalk paint?
Chalk paint is a particular type of paint that sticks to surfaces without sanding, priming, or stripping. It can be used on many different surfaces, including wood, metal, concrete, and even fabric, basically any surface! It comes in two versions: DIY chalk paint powder (add water) and ready-mixed chalk paint.
A chalk-based paint mixture of pigment, binder, and chalk (calcium carbonate). The result is very close to traditional paint but without adding all the chemicals usually used in regular paints. It makes it an eco-friendly alternative. Besides, it’s cheaper than other types of paints because you don’t need to use them as much.
Chalk paint is not permanent and can be easily removed if required. So it’s perfect for those of you who often like to redecorate anything.
Because of its unique formula, chalk paint sticks very well to many different surfaces without the need to sand or prime. As a result, it’s perfect for furniture, floors (inside and outside), walls, tiles, bricks, so anywhere you can think! Because it doesn’t contain any chemicals, it works well with fabrics, too – some people use it as a topcoat over paint.
What is the difference between a special brush for chalk paint and an ordinary one?
The first difference between those two is the size. While ordinary brushes are bigger, a special brush for chalk paint is much smaller.
The other difference is in the bristle’s form. These two options are different in both. And many people suppose it makes a big difference when using chalk paint. The shape of a special brush is usually different from normal ones. It has a round bottom half, and it becomes narrower at the top. This kind of design can easily touch corners and flat surfaces.
The main feature of brush for chalk paint is a dense and elastic bristle that ensures fast and easy application and flawless finish. Thanks to such a structure, you can get rid of visible brush strokes, i.e., lines on the surface after applying paint. They also help achieve different effects when it comes to applying chalk paint on furniture – e.g., leaving brush strokes and creating a smooth surface.
What regular brush it is better to choose for chalk paint?
There is no such rule like that. Generally speaking, a wide range of brushes can apply chalk paint. But what is essential is using a soft bristle brush for all applications. We also recommend using synthetic fiber brushes. You can also learn the difference between natural and synthetic brushes in this article.
It is essential to be patient when applying the paint because even thin layers give excellent results after drying when working with chalk paint. Do not hurry up and do not try to cover all your furniture in one day.