FAQs

Where can I buy B&T paint?

In store at Blake & Taylor, 11 Latrobe terrace, Paddington, QLD 4064

Online via the Blake & Taylor website

https://blakeandtaylorpaint.com.au/

Through one of the Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint Stockists

https://blakeandtaylorpaint.com.au/pages/stockists

 

Are paint swatches and samples available?

The ‘How to Guide’ shows the full range of colours in the Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint range. Sample pot 120ml sizes are available to purchase both in store and online.

 

How can I learn more about how to use B&T Chalk paint? 

We run regular Chalk Furniture Paint Workshops at our Blake & Taylor store in Paddington Qld, where you can learn hands on how to use B&T Chalk Paint. Visit the workshop page to see all current dates and book a place. https://blakeandtaylor.com.au/workshops/

You can download the ‘How to Guide’ which explains everything about Blake & Taylor Chalk Paint. You can also watch video tutorials via the video section of the website.

 

How do I become a retailer?

Email Blake & Taylor expressing your interest to become a retailer. Include your business name and a short description of your company and we will get back to you with information regarding stocking Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint.

 

How safe are Blake & Taylor Paints?

Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint is water-based, low VOC, non-toxic and vegan friendly. 

 

Can I use B&T paint on baby and children’s furniture?

Yes all B&T products can be used for children’s furniture and are child safe. We recommend you allow your piece to cure for a full 14 days before using.

 

Can you use B&T Chalk Furniture Paint whilst pregnant or breastfeeding?

All B&T Chalk Paint products are non-toxic, however we recommend you consult your doctor before painting.

 

Where is B&T Chalk Furniture Paint made?

Right here in Australia.

 

What surfaces can and can’t be painted?

B&T Chalk paint will adhere to most surfaces, including wood, matt plastic, walls, metal, brick, concrete, stone and tiles. We do not recommend using B&T paint for kitchen or bathroom countertops

 

Can B&T paint be used on raw wood?

Yes however, some woods such as Oak or Mahogany contain tannins, which may need to be sealed first with a stain blocker or primer. We recommend Zinsser Smart Prime. If not treated prior to painting the tannin may leach through the paint producing a brown or orange stain. If this happens after using B&T Chalk paint you must apply a stain blocker and start again.

 

Can B&T Chalk paint be used on Melamine, Laminate or other non-porous surfaces?

Yes. I light sand is recommended with fine grade sandpaper to roughen up the surface and allow the paint to adhere better.

 

Can B&T Chalk paint be used on Fabric?

Yes, simply dampen your fabric first with a spray gun to ensure even coverage. Dilute your paint slightly with water and paint your fabric using a paintbrush. You can leave the surface as it is, or seal it with wax to create a soft leathery finish. 

Please note – natural fabrics works best

Fabric can even be dyed with B&T chalk paint by diluting it in a tub of water and dip dyeing your fabric. 

 

Can B&T paint be used over rust or peeling paint?

You must treat rust before applying B&T Chalk paint with a suitable rust inhibitor or primer. Peeling paint must be sanded away before painting.

 

Can B&T Chalk paint be used outdoors?

We recommend B&T Chalk Paint only to be used for pieces that are outside and undercover, for example on a covered deck. The paint must be sealed with B&T Clear Top Coat rather than B&T Wax.

 

Can B&T Chalk paint be used on cabinets?

Yes, you can paint your kitchen and bathroom cabinets, no problem. B&T Chalk Paint will adhere to most surfaces, however solid wood cabinets of Oak or Mahogany will need a stain blocker such as Zinsser Smart Prime to prevent any tannin leaching through the paint and causing a brown or orange stain.

B&T Chalk paint will work over lacquer, polyurethane and oil based paints. Melamine, Laminate or non-porous surfaces work best if given a light sand with a fine grit sandpaper to help the paint adhere better to the surface. Letting the paint fully dry between coats also helps.

Always give the surface a good clean with either methylated spirit or sugar soap solution to remove any built up grease or oil from previous cooking. Then wipe down with a wet cloth and allow it to dry completely.

We recommend sealing B&T Chalk Paint with B&T Clear Top Coat to give your cabinets a long lasting finish that can be easily cleaned and wiped down. Allow your cabinetry to cure for a few days before using.

 

Can B&T Chalk paint be used on countertops?

We do not recommend B&T Chalk Paint to be used on kitchen or bathroom countertops

 

Can B&T paint be used on walls?

Yes, B&T paint can used alone for a matte finish or sealed with B&T Clear Top Coat

 

Can B&T paint be used in a spray gun?

Yes, B&T Chalk Paint will need to be thinned out with water prior to using in a spray gun. Check the spray gun manufacturer for their recommendations.

 

What area does the B&T paint cover?

B&T Chalk Paint covers an area of approximately 10-14m2. This will depend on the piece you are painting, your paint technique and the colour you have chosen. Some colours cover better than others. If you are painting a dark piece of furniture white for example, you may choose to use Zinsser Smart Prime first to give you a white base and therefore cutting down on the number of coats needed.

 

How long does B&T paint take to dry?

This can vary depending on the weather. Usually the paint is touch dry in 30-40 minutes.

 

 How should I store B&T paint?

Paint should be stored in a cool dry place.  Always hammer the lid back on when it is not in use to prevent oxygen getting in to the paint tin.

 

What is the shelf life of B&T paint?

Once the tin has been opened the shelf life is approximately 12 months as long as it is stored correctly with the lid hammered down shut.

 

What is Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat?

B&T Clear Top Coat is a clear, water-based acrylic varnish painted over Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint to create protective finish to your piece.   Our topcoat gives a satin finish with low sheen. This topcoat is non-yellowing and dries clear.  It be applied both over B&T Paint and raw timber.

 

How do I apply Clear Top Coat?

You can use either a brush or roller.  Apply Clear Top coat in thin coats to avoid any drips forming and drying on your surface.  Allow Each coat to dry fully overnight before applying your next coat.  there is the option to sand between coats with a fine grade sandpaper to achieve a really smooth finish.  Pieces should be left to fully cure for 7-10 days.

Always wash brushes immediately with warm soapy water when not in use to remove any varnish before it has a chance to dry.

 

Can I use Blake & Taylor Clear Top Coat outside?

We recommend outside us only when furniture is undercover and protected from direct sun and weather.

 

Where is B&T wax made?

In Australia.

 

When should I use B&T wax?

Blake & Taylor Natural and Soft Black Wax can be used to seal and protect Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint.  Natural wax will give a clear low sheen finish.  Soft Black wax is great to age a piece or to add definition to carved detail.  The waxes can also be used on raw or stained timber.

 

How do I apply B&T wax?

Apply with a dry lint free cloth or with the Blake & Taylor 25mm round brush.  Remove excess wax with your cloth and then buff the surface to create a smooth finish.  Allow 7-10 days for the wax to cure.

 

Can I use B&T wax outside?

Blake & Taylor Wax is for indoor use only.

 

Can I use Clear Top Coat over B&T Wax?

No.  You must decide whether you want to you Clear Top Coat or Wax.  If you have applied wax and wish to use the Clear  Top Coat instead you can Blake & Taylor Chalk Furniture Paint to paint directly over the wax.  then use the Clear Top Coat as normal.

 

How long does B&T wax take to dry?

Drying time is 1-2 hours but this will depend on the weather conditions.  The wax will fully cure after 7-10 days

 

How can I clean a surface that has B&T wax applied to it?

Do not use any chemicals or furniture polish.  A damp cloth with a gentle soap is all that is needed.

 

What are Blake & Taylor brushes made of?

All B&T brushes are made with synthetic bristles with comfortable timber handles and holes for easy hanging to dry. 

 

How do I care for my brushes?

All Blake & Taylor Paint is water-based so it can be easily washed up in water.  Wash your brushes before they have time to dry by soaking in water and a little dish liquid soap.  Always keep separate brushes for your paint and varnish.  Hang brushes out to dry using the hole in the handle to keep bristles neat and drain out water.

 

Is B&T Chalk Paint flammable?

No.

 

Is B&T Chalk Paint tested on animals?

No, Blake & Taylor Paint is Vegan Friendly.