What is the difference between Chalk Style and Latex Paint?
Chalk paint versus latex paint, which paint works best for your needs? The Owner and Creator of Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint was kind enough to break down many of the differences between chalk style and latex paints AND allowed me to share them with you. Which is right for you? Chalk style or Latex?
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Do I have to use a primer with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉Adheres to most surfaces without priming. The minerals and pore space present in Wise Owl Paint allow it to grip even slippery surfaces. There are some times when primer may be necessary (ie tannin bleed through for instance or slippery IKEA furniture with a Teflon coating baked in….)
Most surfaces simply require proper cleaning to remove surface oils.
🔵 Requires sanding and priming for proper adhesion in most cases.
The paint may peel off and even bubble up if applied to any surface that isn’t bare wood. Priming may improve this, but even primers can fail to provide the adhesion properties paint needs for high traffic pieces like table tops and cabinets.
Can I distress chalk style or latex paints?
🦉Will distress with ease. May be wet distressed or distressed with implements if destruction (wire brush, sand paper… you get the point). As the paint cures (dries and strengthens over the period of 30 days) distressing will become harder to do and that is a good thing! One of our points of pride is how strong the bond and finish is once cured to ensure a lasting durability.
🔵Can tens to gum up when distressing. This activates the glues present in the latex paint resulting in a chunky or stretchy removal of larger areas of paint resulting in a lumpy or blotchy finish.
How do I prevent brush marks with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉Self leveling, brushstrokes will dinish or disappear when drying. Any brushstrokes that remain may be sanded away easily using 275+ grit sand paper.
🔵Generally produces many brushstrokes compared to chalk style paint unless specifically formulated to self level. These brushstrokes may not be sanded away without creating an uneven finish.
What is the coverage like with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉Excelllent coverage due to mineral capacity, viscosity and pore space.
🔵 You will use much more paint per square foot because of the way pigments work in a latex paint without a high mineral/clay formula.
Is temperature and humidity a factor with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉the composition of minerals and clay in the formula allow Wise Owl to withstand hotter and colder temperatures once painted on a surface. The pore space (relative particulate air space) present in chalk style paints like Wise Owl allow for expansion and contraction without flaking, peeling, and weakening the bond when exposed to fluctuations in temperature or even humidity.
🔵 The strength of latex paint is extremely temperature dependent. Heat can make the finish rubbery, stretchy, or even make it flake right off. Exposure to pieces painted on a sunporch, a painted front door, or outdoor pieces will be in jepeorady of failing in the elements.
Is distressing chalk style or latex paints dangerous?
🦉Wise Owl Paint has no crystalline silicates. (Some chalk style paints do!) These may be very harmful to lungs if respirated.
Since distressing and sanding occurs often with chalk style paints, it is imperative the dust created is free of these particulates to avoid damage to lungs. I’ll go more into the health ramifications of crystallline silicates in entirety on another post.
🔵Latex paints usually contains crystalline silicates. Very few latex paints are made without the presence of these. Latex paint is not designed to be sanded the same way chalk style paints are, so the presence of these silicates is generally viewed as safe. However, they are still very dangerous in the furniture application world where sanding is often practiced, because they act as an abrasive on the lungs similar to the way asbestos does. These silicates create tiny rips and tears in the lining of the lungs once respirated because of the sharp mineral structure. This is a potential health nightmare with prolonged exposure that would be expected from someone who paints furniture for a living.
Do chalk style or latex paints need to be sealed?
🦉 Needs to be sealed for lasting durability. The topcoat you choose plays a big part in lasting durability. For high traffic pieces use Wise Owl’s Matte or Satin Varnish. It’s is industrial strength and is even suitable for outdoor or cabinet use.
🔵 I’ve heard the claim made that latex is durable enough to be used without a topcoat but the finishes they produce lack the tenacity and strength without the addition of a water based topcoat to protect it.
What sheen can I get with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉 Wise Owl Paint produces a desirable true matte finish. This may be changed by selecting our Satin Varnish as a topcoat to add sheen if desired.
🔵comes in matte-semigloss but the more shinier the finish, the weaker the bond with the surface.
Can I do artistic blended or layered looks with chalk style or latex paints?
🦉 The presence of Clay in Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint lends itself beautifully to blending techniques and layering.
🔵 Blending with a latex paint is not a viable option. It simply does not incorporate well with this technique and will result in a much more severe and blotchy finish.
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