Well, I finally did it… I used my paint-gun to spray a DIY Chalk-Mineral-Paint!
You may recall about 6 months ago I wrote a post on Spraying with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. The clean-up wasn’t fun but the spray finish turned out flawless and amazing.
Since then, I’ve received many of your e-mails asking if a HMCP will work through a spray-gun. I’ve recently sprayed 2 pieces of furniture with a DIY Chalky Paint and I’m happy to say ***YES… IT WORKS BEAUTIFULLY***!
Here’s a French Provincial Dresser I sprayed with a Calcium Carbonate HMCP.
I learned a few things by trial and error and here are the 2 best tips that I think made a BIG difference. To achieve a smooth finish when spraying with a DIY Chalk-Mineral-Paint ~
Mix your choice of chalk ingredient with water THOROUGHLY & SMOOTHLY before adding it into your paint.
This includes the Calcium Carbonate mineral. When I didn’t add water to the CC Recipe (which I usually don’t!), it sprayed tiny powdered particles visible after sanding.
When I mixed the CC with water (and my hand blender) before adding it into the paint, it sprayed a nice smooth finish and fixed the above problem.
The same rule applied when I used the Plaster of Paris Recipe on an outdoor piece (which I’ll post for you in the near future).
Another ‘adjustment’ I made to get the smoothest spray finish with my DIY Chalk-Mineral-Paint ~
Once the DIY HMCP recipe is thoroughly mixed into the paint, water the paint down 10-20%.
Unlike my experience Spraying with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint, I watered my DIY version down. About 10% with the Calcium Carbonate and about 20% when I used the Plaster of Paris.
I found it sprayed VERY best when the HMCP was the consistency of a melted milk-shake. Once it was thinned, it sprayed beautifully, leveled nicely, and dried quickly into the beautiful chalk finish I love.
Many of the DIY-Homemade-Chalky-Paint-Tips apply when shooting this paint.
It’s good to keep in mind every paint-gun will spray differently. Every DIY Chalky Paint will be a slightly different thickness depending on the paint brand and HMCP Recipe you use. Because of this, a little trial and error will probably be required.
Have you ever sprayed a DIY Chalk Version… or are you planning to? I’d LOVE to hear your experience and any helpful hints… or any questions you may have.
Feel free to chime in and leave a comment!
Have a great day!