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What Exactly is Chalk-Based Paint?


What exactly is chalk-based paint? Are you looking for a simple and inexpensive way to give a second life to your furniture and various objects? Then chalk-based paint is the perfect solution for you! This paint is unique and can be used on almost any surface. It has the ability to transform your ordinary objects into spectacular ones.
Chalk-based paint has been gaining popularity over the past few years. Known by the English name of ”chalk-based paint’’, this type of paint was first invented in Europe. Chalk painting is better known in English than French circles. Colorantic is the only bilingual chalk paint manufacturer in North America! We are the only ones in Canada and advertise in both French and English. Our blogs are bilingual and our customer service is too. It is perfect for enthusiasts who like to refinish and refresh and who want to give a unique style to their interior and/or exterior decorations.

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A Complete Guide to Chalk Painting

It is a decorative paint that is often used to add an aged look to furniture and other decorative items. Its name, “chalk-based paint” comes from its matte, chalky finish.

Colorantic chalk-based paint is a water-based and acrylic paint with liquid chalk. We add dyes according to current trends. Our paint gives a matte look and if you add a wax or glaze you will get a worn, distressed or antique finish.

There are also clay paints, milk paints and paints with powder additions such as plaster of Paris. At Colorantic, we do not recommend adding powder to wall paints. Many powders contain carcinogens and we wouldn’t want to endanger your health! It is therefore essential to use a safe chalk-based paint such as Colorantic which is made in Quebec, Canada by real Canadian chemists. We care about our customers and want to keep you healthy!

What is the difference between a standard and a chalk-based paint?


The difference between a standard paint and a chalk-based paint, such as Colorantic, is also with the density and texture of the product. Wall paint of various brands will cover much less (ex. 1 part) while Colorantic chalk-based paint will cover approximately +0.5 part more. We are confident you’ll love painting with our rich, velvety paint!

Colorantic paint requires a few steps, we have a small amount of water-based primer in our recipe but we have chosen not to use as much as some competing brands. Why? Because we want to leave you the opportunity to create a finish that is ”distressed’’, worn or antiqued on your furniture. We leave it up to you to choose what type of finish you want to experiment with. Colorantic paint is a safe source for all types of customers: from beginner to expert level. Our paint has excellent coverage, very good quality and few coats will be needed for your furniture project.

Benefits of Using Chalk-Based Paint


Unlike conventional or standard paints, whether water-based or oil-based, except for certain special cases, this paint requires little or no sanding or priming before being applied. You must follow the instructions according to the surface.

Chalk paint is perfect for recycling old furniture without having to do the unpleasant steps, such as stripping and deep sanding. In fact, we have a very popular varnish remover that does the job in just a few sprays. All you have to do is spray your surface. If the furniture or surface is still sticky, repeat spraying the varnish remover and cleaner until your furniture is completely dry to the touch. If still sticky = repeat the varnish  remover and cleanser step.

You can get our paint in a wide variety of colours, allowing you to revamp your objects so that they harmonize perfectly with your decor. Colorantic currently offers 32 pre-mixed colours, 8 seasonal colours, and ready-to-tint bases with the company’s colourant of your choice. Did you know that a Colorantic retailer who has bases in stock can use their own colourants in store? Colorantic also offers the service online if you do not have a retailer near you.

It is the minimal preparation that makes it a very attractive product.

Using Chalk-Based Paint is Simple!


Our chalk-based paint has a ready to use, creamy texture. It dries quickly, so you can apply a second coat in no time. Depending on atmospheric conditions, complete drying time may vary, from as little as 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Once the paint is dry you can seal it by applying wax, varnish or glaze. Three different products according to your needs.

In conclusion, using chalk-based paint is one of the best ways to give furniture and other home decor items an aged look without having to spend too much time or money doing it! It’s incredibly easy to use and comes in a wide range of colours so you can easily customize any room to suit your personal style. In addition, on certain surfaces such as oil varnish, oil paint, plastic, metal and melamine, you will need additional sealers such as matte varnish, waxes or glazes from Colorantic after painting. Cleaning is also quick and easy! So if you’re looking for a simple yet effective way to spruce up any room in your home, give chalk-based paint a try! You will not regret it ! What exactly is chalk-based paint? Now you know!


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