An extender will thin your paint and by adding it, it will assist to get a smooth finish. The Purple Painted Lady reached out to Annie Sloan Interiors and they shared that they have used XIM Latex Extender with good results in the past. Don’t let the name fool you - since the word "Latex" is noted. Although there is no Latex in Chalk Paint®- this product is meant to work with any water based paints and Chalk Paint® is water based. The container in the picture below is the brand Annie Sloan Interiors referred us to use, but others are available. Their spray consultant guys tell them that the main ingredient of these extenders is propylene glycol and that you can effectively make your own extender using this ingredient. Personally, I would just suggest purchasing the product pre-packaged and ready to go.
Even though you have added water as stated in the previous step – you still dilute with water AND add the extender – if you find it’s too thin to spray you can always add more paint. Don’t get too hung up on the amounts – the spray guys we work with just eyeball it! Using an airless sprayer is not recommended – the high solids content in Chalk Paint® will damage the nozzle. You will want to warm your Chalk Paint® because it will spray and settle better. Place your container of paint in a bain marie of very hot water for 15 minutes. Bain Marie is a container holding hot water into which a pan is placed for slow warming. After 15 minutes, When we have taught this in workshops in the past, we used a large crockpot as a bain marie. It doesn’t really matter how much water is in there just make sure it is not too high that when you set your containers in- that the water overflows into your paint!
|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||2.2 x 5.1 x 7.6 inches|
|Item model number||11072|
|Item Package Quantity||1|