Needing tips for getting smooth finish with Chalkboard paint

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Forum topic by nogeel posted 09-30-2017 10:25 PM 1809 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-30-2017 10:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: finishing chalkboard paint paint earles 5500

I am making some chalkboard for my co-workers as a Thank you gift. They are MDF which I have put 2 coats of de-waxed shellac on them. I have tried paint with a brush (you can see brush strokes), spray can (Texture and spotting from drips), and my Earlex 5500 (orange peel from being thick even after I thinned it).

Should I settle for orange peel? Or should I try another method? My preference is spraying because of speed. I am trying to batch out 7 – 10 at a time.


-- Jeff, Tennessee

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#1 posted 09-30-2017 10:46 PM

You might want to check out this tip from Highland Woodworking concerning orange peel and HVLP’s.

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#2 posted 10-01-2017 03:01 AM

Good quality paint roller nap for smooth surfaces. That’s how we did ours.


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#3 posted 10-01-2017 11:29 AM

You can try a foam roller or buy the pre-made chalkboard at the box stores. I’ve used their 1/4 mdf chalkboard before. Believe I bought a 2’×4’ piece. Usually kept where all the other 1/4 sheets are.

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#4 posted 10-01-2017 01:03 PM

Good quality paint roller nap for smooth surfaces. That s how we did ours.

- Rick_M

This is how I have made them in the past.

-- No PHD, but I have a GED and my DD 214

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