Overall Thoughts on the Annie Sloan vs. Rust_Oleum Chalk Paint Overall I’d say these two paints are extremely similar. However, if I had to pick just one I’d go with the Rust_Oleum Chalked Paint. I’m honestly a little surprised by that, just because I’ve loved Annie Sloan paint for so many years now, but I really do think this version from Rust_Oleum is just as good after going through this comparison. And you can’t beat the price–it’s almost half the cost, which is a HUGE savings. It’s easy to apply, it adheres well, the finish is smooth, and it’s overall a really great option. Both brands also offer a protective top coat or wax, which is supposed to seal the paint and help protect against damage. I think you could get away with not using it with the Rust_Oleum paint. It dries to a very smooth finish that is actually really nice. I’m just not sure how helpful that would be. And to be really honest with you guys, I don’t think the Annie Sloan wax makes much of a difference either. You might remember that I chalk painted our bathroom vanities and after that experience, I can say the wax doesn’t do much “protecting” in my personal opinion. Not only is it crazy expensive, but I don’t think it does much at all other than smooth down the rough, dry finish. You can read about that fiasco with our bathroom vanities here. The only real limitation I see with the Rust_Oleum paint is that you don’t have a large color selection. It looks like Amazon currently offers seven different colors, whereas Annie Sloan has three to four times that many.
How to Use Chalk Paint _ You can use chalk paint on pretty much any surface, keeping these things in mind: Chalk paint is fairly thick, which means you don't have to sand or prime beforehand. This saves hours of prep work, especially when you are doing a big project like kitchen cabinets. (Although no sanding is required, you might want to wipe them down, however, especially if there's grease or residue buildup.) Paint as you would with ordinary paint to cover the surface. Chalk paint usually has less drips, and is quick to dry, often needing only an hour in between coats. Use your technique of choice to get a layered or distressed finish, or go for a solid opaque look. To seal the surface, apply two to three coats of wax after you've finished painting. When you need to touch up later, just use the same paint to cover up any spots or scratches, then wax right over it again. As long as you use the same color, you'll never know the difference. (Just save a little bit of any custom_blended paint so you don't have to try to color match the second time around.) Since this paint is water_based, clean up is easy and the same as latex paint.
by Valerie K. Pettis on Aug 10, 2018 Chalk Paint