What to do with Bleed Through

Occasionally, we get pieces in the store or have custom projects come in that bleed through the chalk paint. Bleeding can come through looking red, pink brown, etc. The bad news is, it won’t matter how many coats of paint you put over top, there will still be bleeding. But, don’t panic, it does not mean you can’t use Chalk Paint or that your piece of furniture is ruined! Bleeding doesn’t happen too often and when it does, it likely has something to do with tannins in the wood or chemicals used in treating the wood. It’s most common in furniture from the 1930s and 40’s and the good news is, now that you know what it is, it’s an easy fix!

If you are already planning to distress your piece, it is so easy to incorporate minor instances of bleeding into the overall look of your piece. For more severe cases or in instances where you don’t want the distressed look, try applying a thin layer or two of clear shellac (We like the Zinsser brand!) to the entirety of the affected surface. This will ensure an even final finish. We also recommend applying with a cloth pad rather than a brush for a smoother finish.

Once this dries (it only takes a few minutes!), you are free to keep painting as usual!

As always, Happy Painting!




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