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Chalky Finish

AMERICANA DECOR®
CHALKY FINISH™

ULTRA-MATTE PAINT
FOR HOME DECOR

Americana Decor Specialty Products and Brushes

Americana Decor Specialty Products

Enhance your furniture painting projects with our specialty products. Americana Decor's wide range of specialty products work together with Chalky Finish paint to allow you to create a variety of special effects and perform special painting techniques.

Crackle Medium

Crackle Medium

Create aged, crackled finishes on a variety of home décor surfaces. Apply as a basecoat to achieve quick and easy crackling effects. Application techniques and direction of brush strokes will create different crackling patterns. Available in an 8 oz jar.

Image Transfer Medium

Image Transfer Medium

Add old-world, European, shabby chic, or vintage imagery to your furniture and home décor accents. The ideal, acid-free, clear medium for use with laser prints or copies. Transfer images to wood, glass, plastic, fabric, and more. Available in an 8 oz jar.

Stain Blocker/Sealer

Stain Blocker/Sealer

Use under Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint to prevent stains, knotty wood, and tannins from resurfacing and discoloring finished pieces. Dries to a clear, durable finish. Available in 8 oz and 16 oz jars.

Clear Coat

Clear Coat

Add a durable, protective top coat to home decor pieces for use outdoors. Can be used on unpainted or previously painted surfaces. Dries to a clear, eggshell finish. Specially formulated to be more durable and weather-resistant than a varnish.

Waxing Brush

Waxing Brush

Push wax down into carved surfaces or crevices on your project with this large, round waxing brush that has stiff bristles. The handle is comfortable to grip for larger projects.

Flat Brushes

Flat Brushes

Enjoy easy and mess-free painting with these flat brushes. They are comfortable to grip and make difficult-to-reach areas seem not so daunting. The bristles are strong and durable, yet remain flexible. The brushes can also be used for adding texture and creating many other faux finishes. Available in 4" and 2" sizes.

Angle Brush

Angle Brush

Reach into corners and other difficult areas with this angle brush. The bristles are strong and durable, yet remain flexible. The brush can also be used for adding texture and creating many other faux finishes. Available in 1" size.

How to Use Specialty Products

CRACKLE MEDIUM

Use a brush to apply an even coat of medium over the sealed or painted surface. Brush on in the direction you want the cracks to appear. Allow to dry. Apply a thin coat of a contrasting color of paint on top of dried medium. Do not overwork. Crackle effect will occur during drying process. Once dry, seal with an Americana Decor Varnish. Cleans up with soap and water.

IMAGE TRANSFER MEDIUM

Reverse the image when printing if transferring words, letters, or numbers. Trim image to desired size. Apply medium with brush to the surface and front side of image. Allow to dry. Apply another coat of medium to the surface and front side of image. While wet, place image face down onto surface. Smooth out creases and air bubbles. Remove excess medium with a damp cloth. Allow to dry for 8 hours. To remove paper, brush or sponge water onto the back of the image. Let sit for 2-5 mins. Use a soft sponge or fingers to gently rub away paper layers. Let dry. Repeat wetting process until all paper has been removed. For added durability, also apply as a topcoat. Cleans up with soap and water.

STAIN BLOCKER/SEALER

Apply Chalky Finish paint in an inconspicuous area and check for stains after 3 hours. If staining appears, apply Stain Blocker/Sealer to affected areas or entire piece prior to painting. For best performance, allow to cure for 5 to 7 days before applying Chalky Finish paint. Cleans up with soap and water.

CLEAR COAT

Use a brush to apply an even coat of medium over the clean, dry surface. Once dry to the touch, add an additional coat for further protection. Cure for 3 days before exposure. One jar provides two-coat coverage on approximately 42 square feet. Water-based. Cleans up with soap and water.

Tips for Specialty Products

To clean a finished piece, use soap and water on a soft rag or kitchen sponge. Clean up food or drink messes as soon as possible.

Americana Decor specialty products are water-soluble. Brushes and other tools will clean easily with soap and water.

CRACKLE MEDIUM

The heavier the top coat of paint, the larger the cracks. For small cracks, apply the top-coat by dabbing on with a sponge.

IMAGE TRANSFER MEDIUM

Do not trim your image too closely. Leaving room around the image will allow you to gently sand the edges after you transfer your image to make it blend into the background better. Visit the education page for detailed instructions.

Use a brayer to smooth out the paper, always starting from the center and rolling outward.

Allow the piece to dry thoroughly before sanding any uneven edges away.

TO USE ON FABRIC

Pre-wash and dry fabric first. If working with layers of fabric, insert a piece of cardboard covered with wax paper between the layers to prevent sticking. Allow to dry 72 hours before hand-washing. Air dry. Do not dry clean or iron. For a machine-washable finish, topcoat with Fabric Decou-Page and let dry for 72 hours prior to machine washing.

Additional Resources

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