Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Your Painting Questions...

Coastal Star Monday Questions for Kim

Sorry I am a day late!  Two weeks ago, I started having cold symptoms and yesterday was treated for pneumonia... already feeling better and ready to get back to work.  All of them!
Don't forget to email/message me your questions for the next Q & A blog!  I love getting your messages!

I see the expensive round brushes for sale, does it matter what paint brush I use?

Well no, you definitely do not NEED a round brush to "chalk" paint.  This is one of those areas where it becomes personal preference.  And honestly, I believe it is just another way for some chalk paint companies to rack up sales.  That being said, I do love a round brush, although I primarily use them for painting, not waxing.  I use the large round brushes for covering lots of footage quickly on large pieces.   You can really get moving with these!  I do use the small round brushes for applying dark wax, particularly when doing lots of detail work in crevices.  For small piece painting, I use the Blue Hawk 2" slanted brush with the blue rubber handle.  The rubber handle is so kind to my arthritic hands!  When you paint a lot of volume like I do, this is important.

How do you clean the round brushes, they look nice, but I'm afraid I would use once and then ruin the brush if I don't clean it properly?
To clean all of my brushes... I use lye soap, or plain old blue dawn dish detergent.  And if I use it for wax, I don't wash everytime, I keep it in a ziploc bag. But only if I will be using it again soon. Really, I use those brushes for painting more than waxing. I generally use lint free cloths for waxing. My brush cleaning strategies... First I use hot water to rinse out all paint until the water runs clean.  Then I massage blue dawn or lye soap into my bristles.  Then I soak in a coffee mug with hot water overnight.  In the morning I just rinse clean and hang to dry.  I haven't bought brushes in ages... they just keep getting better.

 I’m seeing tiny specs of dust and particles under the wax or Polyurethane and can’t get rid of them – 
You need to sand.  And to prevent this from happening, yes, sand in between each layer.  If you take your time and pay attention, you may find there is always going to be hair and dirt in your paint finish.  Sanding in between each coat really reduces this.  

I want a dark waxed look to my kitchen table.  Can I poly over wax?  No.  And I don't recommend using ANY wax on a surface you will be wiping down constantly or in a high traffic area.  Poly to protect your surfaces.  You may look into different ways to use glazes, but I never recommend wax on a kitchen table.