Annie Sloan Craqueleur
Q. Can I use Craqueleur in a bathroom or kitchen where there is a lot of moisture?
A. It is not advisable. Excessive moisture can cause the cracks to reactivate and the paintwork to become milky in appearance.
Q. My Step 2 has become thick and is difficult to use. Is the product okay?
A. The product is fine. Place the container in a bowl of very hot water where the warmth will thin it out. You can also dip the tip of your brush into very hot water, wiping it off so that the tip is moist (but not wet), to make it easier to paint.
Q. What size cracks can I expect when using Annie Sloan Craqueleur?
A. That’s hard to say because the cracks can vary widely depending on the thickness of application. It is always wise to do a test piece first. Thinner applications will give you smaller cracks whereas thicker applications produce larger cracks, but don’t apply these materials too thick. If you apply two coats of Step 1 you will get a larger crack, but if you feather or overwork Step 2 the crack is likely to be smaller.
Annie Sloan Decoupage Glue And Varnish
Q. How many layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish are required?
A. This is dependent on the look you wish to achieve, and could range from one layer to as many as it takes for an embedded look. For a finish where the decoupage will be completed with Annie Sloan Craqueleur, a few layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish will probably be okay. If you wish the paper to look more embedded, give the piece more layers until you can no longer feel the edge of the paper. The advantage of Decoupage Glue and Varnish is that it is thick, so you will need fewer layers to achieve a professional look.
Q. Should I use sandpaper to smooth my decoupage finish?
A. For a very smooth embedded look where the edges of your paper are no longer visible, first apply several layers of Decoupage Glue and Varnish. Paint each coat in the opposite direction; i.e., one coat horizontally and the next vertically. Smooth, if needed, by gently sanding over the dry finish lightly using very fine wet/dry black sandpaper. Dip the sandpaper in water and sand gently. Then wipe the surface clean with a soft cloth before painting on the next few layers. Repeat, as necessary, until you have achieved your desired look.
Q. A couple of bubbles have appeared under my decoupage piece and I don’t seem to be able to smooth it out. I don’t want to damage the paper. What can I do?
A. Air bubbles in your decoupage paper can be carefully pricked with a pin to release the air. Gently smooth the bubbled area down with a brush, cloth, or roller, and apply another coat of Decoupage Glue and Varnish.
Q. Do I have to wait for one coat to dry before applying the next?
A. Yes. Always allow the Decoupage Glue and Varnish to dry well between each coat. The time this takes will vary depending on the temperature of your workspace, the thickness of your decoupage medium, and the thickness of your decoupage paper. You can speed the drying process along with the aid of a hair dryer
As a guide, one 750ml tin of Chalk Paint® Lacquer will cover 19 square metres or 200 sq ft, but this will vary according to the absorbency of the floor. Lacquer should always be applied in very thin coats. Results may also vary depending on previous treatment of the surface.
When applying Chalk Paint® Lacquer, bear in mind that it is a 'penetrating' finish and can pull tannins or stains from the wood up through the paint. This can be especially noticeable on whites, manifesting as a yellow stain. Always test Chalk Paint® paint and Lacquer on several areas before you begin your project. If a stain appears, simply apply a thin coat of Chalk Paint® Lacquer directly over the entire surface to be painted before painting and lacquering again.
Annie always performs “patch tests” before using Chalk Paint® and Lacquer. This is a very important step. The ingredients in Lacquer can draw old stains in the wood through Chalk Paint® and to the surface of your painted piece, leaving unsightly marks.
In order to test, apply Lacquer to small areas of your piece. If you notice “bleed-through”, don’t be alarmed! You can still use Chalk Paint®, but you will need to apply a stain blocker first. Apply chosen stain-blocker over the entire piece of furniture and allow to dry to seal in any stains. Then apply Chalk Paint® over this.
Ensure Chalk Paint® is completely dry before applying Lacquer. Stir Chalk Paint® Lacquer thoroughly prior to use.
When applying lacquer, work methodically. Any gaps in the finish will compromise the protection of your piece. Allow to dry fully and then apply a second coat, using the same methodical approach.
The item will be ready to use immediately but the Lacquer needs a few weeks to harden to maximum strength, so be gentle with it at first.
Upkeep: wipe and wash your piece as usual, using clean soapy water and avoiding harsh chemicals such as bleach.
If you notice the lacquer begin to wear over time, reapply.