PAINT BLEEDING with ANNIE SLOAN CHALK PAINT- white mid-century cabinet

Have you had trouble with
your paint bleeding and looking
for a solution to fix it?

I picked up a little mid century side table at the thrift store.
The plan was to spray it with a can of high gloss oil base white
 paint, however this was also the perfect opportunity to show
 you Annie Sloan Chalk Paint can create a perfect white finish
 and teach you a little trick of mine to deal with paint bleed.

BEFORE                     AFTER

I am referring to the strange brownish red marks
that you might encounter while painting vintage furniture.

Your best defence to any problem is to understand
what and why it happens.
What it is are OILS (tannins) leaching into your
water based product and changing the color.

Why is because in these areas the wood is exposed
and raw letting the oils come out.

Solution is simple ... you need to block/seal 
these areas locking in the tannin oils.

What I do is wax and repaint.

Wax is a good barrier against the oils and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint adheres to wax!

Alternatives are oil based paints, primers, and shellacs.
I know many ppl use Zinsser spray shellac, which I have used 
in the past to seal knots. Not all woods bleed equally, pine for
 example generally doesn't give you too much issue except for
 the knots. I find oak pretty easy going but mahogany can be
 just as bad as a red shirt being thrown into a wash load of 
white underwear. Everything turns pink!

On this side table the original finish had been scratched and
 was starting to lift and flake off. Consequently once my first
 coat of AS Pure White started to dry there were bleed spots all over.

*** OH THE HORROR!!! ***

If you look closely on the above photo you can see the entire
 face of the drawers had a streaky bleed. In the upper right 
hand corner you can also see a heavier line of bleed where it
 had been scratched.

Here is another area with heavy bleed, the bottom of a leg
 had been banged around and the original finish was 
compromised exposing the raw wood in tiny spots.
 The same thing will happen if you sand an old finish and
 expose the raw wood. When I am dealing with heavy bleed it
 sometimes takes 2 or 3 applications of wax and paint before
 it completely diminishes, but in the case of the drawer 
faces it was one coat of wax and a second coat of paint.


no buffing

You only have to treat the bleed you do not have to redo, 
repaint, re wax every inch of your project. 

For example I had bleed coming through at the 3 seams
 where the angled trim attached to the top but the rest of 
the surface was fine. I only waxed and repainted the seams.

I hope this information helps you understand the problem
so you can also solve it.

Good Luck with your projects and your bleed!


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