Chalk paint has become an increasingly popular option for upcycling furniture and surfaces, as it gives them a chalky coating that can be very visually appealing. Chalk paint is also one of the easiest paints to apply, as it is fast and easy to do so, not to mention that it can be used both indoors and outdoors, making it pretty versatile.
But as chalk paint is slightly different from other types of paint, does this mean that you need a special type of paint brush for applying it?
Technically, you can use whichever brush you want when painting with chalk paint, as there are no specific rules on what to use and what not to use. If it works for you, then it works and you can go ahead. So for example, if you only have a certain type of paint brush at home, it might be worth just using that instead of going out of your way to buy a different brush.
However, it is also true that with painting, the right tools can make a huge difference towards the end result. Using the right type of brush for each type of paint can not only make the finish a lot more professional, but it can also make the entire process a lot easier and smoother so that painting is easier overall.
In the case of chalk paint, it is usually best to use brushes with natural bristles, rather than the more common brushes that use artificial bristles. These natural bristles will be longer and far more flexible than the artificial alternative, allowing the chalk paint to flow a lot smoother, avoiding a scratchy sort of finish. However, although flexible bristles are preferred, you should take care to ensure they are not too flexible, as otherwise, it will take a lot more effort and time to fully paint the surface!
So basically, if you’re going to buy a paint brush specifically for chalk paint, we recommend getting either a brush with natural bristles or an all-purpose brush, as these tend to have the best of all types, covering most types of paint to a good standard.
The downside, of course, is that brushes with natural bristles are often more expensive than regular brushes, so you might not have the budget to invest in this alternative. But as we mentioned at the beginning, there are no hard-set rules on what brush to use and what not to use with chalk paint. So make the most of the tools that you have at hand!
What kind of brush do you use for chalk paint?
You can use any type of brush when painting with chalk paint, especially if you have limited choice. You can make do with what you have, and there are no specific rules on what brush to use, and what not to use.
Nevertheless, there are some types of brushes that are better suited to chalk paint, and they will make the painting process and application a lot easier and faster, as well as providing overall better and more professional end results.
With chalk paint, it’s important to avoid a scratchy finish on the paint, as it’s very easy to accidentally end up with that. So a brush that helps the paint flow better will be your option. For this, you should aim for a brush with natural bristles, as they are longer and far more flexible than the artificial bristles of standard regular brushes.
However, if the bristles are too flexible, then you will have to put a lot more effort in when painting, and the job will likely take you a lot longer. So ultimately, it’s all about finding a good balance!
Natural bristles are also more expensive, so a cheaper alternative is to just use an all-purpose brush. This type of brush has the best of everything, and it can be used with most types of paint to a good standard, so it will also be versatile and multi-purpose!
But regardless of the brush that you are using with chalk paint, here are some tips on how to avoid scratchy brush strokes:
- Add a small amount of water to the paint, this will help minimize the obvious brush strokes
- Make sure chalk paint is covered, to avoid it becoming too thick, which will lead to more obvious brush strokes
- Keep the brush that you are using damp at all times. This will help the paint flow a lot better, so the application is smoother
Basically, ensuring that the chalk paint is sufficiently thinned out, and the brush is damp, will significantly help the painting be a lot smoother, with a more professional end result!