Annie Sloan Matte Lacquer 

Interior and Exterior Use

Coverage: 204 sq ft


Chalk Paint® Lacquer is a hard-wearing, water-based polyacrylic varnish with built-in UV protection. Use it over Chalk Paint® for a robust finish that will withstand general wear and tear – perfect for dining room tables, outdoor furniture, floors and skirting boards. It goes on clear and dries quickly without yellowing over time. 


Tips and Tricks:
Store the Lacquer upside down before use. This enables the good bits to be released in the Lacquer.
Add about 10% of water into the first coat.
Let dry 2 hours between coats. The second coat should be thin but full strength.
Stir Lacquer well; never shake it. Shaking can introduce bubbles.

For an even application, stir often during use to make sure all the flattening agents evenly distributed. 

Let the final coat dry overnight. 

Curing time can take up to 14 days.


With a water-based Lacquer, you’ll need to work somewhat faster and use a synthetic or sponge brush. If you’re new to Lacquer, I suggest starting with a relatively small project to get the feel of the material and process.



Lacquer does NOT adhere over oil-based products. 

Lacquer can NOT be used over wax. You can wax over Lacquer.

Annie Sloan Lacquer Matte


It takes a bit of extra effort to get a good finish with matt topcoats over dark color paint. Lacquer does not behave in the same way as paint!.

Annie Sloan Matt Lacquer gives a very flat finish. To create this effect, it contains a flattening agent to disperse reflected light and cut out the sheen. When applied over dark colors, this flattening agent becomes visible, giving a milky or cloudy effect. The more coats that are applied, the more pronounced this effect becomes.

The effect is also more obvious if Matt Lacquer is applied to textured surfaces, as it can gather more thickly in the texture and brush strokes of the finish. There's a couple of tips to get around this.

TIP 1 - FOR WORKING WITH MATT OVER DARK COLOURS: Sand your paint back to a super smooth finish before you apply the first coat of Lacquer. Eliminating brush marks and texture will prevent a build-up of flattening agents. This is a good tip if you are only intending to apply ONE coat of Lacquer, for items that do not require the additional protection of a second coat. Dilute your Lacquer coat with 10% water and apply it with a light hand.

TIP 2 - FOR WORKING WITH MATT OVER DARK COLOURS: Apply a coat of Gloss Lacquer as your first coat. This is a good tip for items that require extra protection or where you don't want to take the extra step of sanding the paint smooth. The Gloss Lacquer will fill in any texture and brush marks in the paint, giving a smoother finish to work on. Dilute this first gloss coat with 10% water. Once dry, finish with a carefully applied coat of Matt.

TIP 3 - FOR WORKING WITH ANY LACQUER: Always test for bleed-through by applying paint and Lacquer in an inconspicuous (if possible) area. Don't skip this step! Always test! It's the only way you can be sure of what the finished results will be. It's much easier and less frustrating to solve potential problems at this stage. Bleed-through can manifest in lots of different ways, and can even affect dark colors.

TIP 4 - Experiment with spraying, which is another application option. If you're interested in this, there's a lot of info out there if you research spraying polyacrylic. We use an HVLP sprayer and thin slightly with water.




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