Below FAQ are some common concerns of our clients before purchasing the theme, if you have other questions, please just send it to customerservice@bbfrosch.com

Paint-Related


We recommend HEAPING tablespoons of powder. It is better to err on the side of MORE powder than not enough, since the powder is what helps your paint bond. Without enough powder, it will be just like painting with regular latex paint that will want to peel or chip off.

The more BB Frösch powder that is used, the thicker the paint+water mixture will be, and the more your paint will thicken over time, but that’s okay! Read more about thickened paint here.

*TO MIX 1 QUART It is recommended to mix up just 8 oz. at a time for three reasons:

Due to excellent coverage, many projects can be completed with just 8 oz. mixed paint

It is easier to fully incorporate the BB Frösch powder mixture in smaller batches

Although mixed paint stores indefinitely, why mix up more than you need?

Still want to mix more? O K A Y . . .

In a separate quart-sized container (we recommend a clear container so you can see when the powder+water mixture is fully incorporated), mix the contents of 1 small jar BB Frösch Paint Transformer with 4 to 5 tablespoons water until a thick but creamy “donut glaze” consistency is achieved. Too pasty? Add water! Add FLAT FINISH paint and stir WELL until powder+water mixture is fully incorporated. Store any unused paint in an airtight container.

One of the best things about BB Frösch is that it can be used with ANY BRAND of flat finish latex or acrylic paint. The key is flat finish. If your paint has primer in it, that’s okay—you will still get all the great properties of chalk paint, it will just thicken a little more when stored.

Behr is a great brand for convenience because it is readily available in sample 8 oz. jars that can be tinted any color for about $3. Behr is also available with No-Voc’s.

Other brands have sample jars varying in size from 6-12 oz. but may not be available in flat finish.

We LOVE Benjamin Moore and highly recommend it. Many locations only offer this brand in a quart. However, just because you buy a quart, doesn’t mean you have to mix the whole quart. For most projects, we still recommend mixing just 8 oz. (1 cup) at a time.

If you are buying a quart, pick whatever brand you want, because they all have a flat-finish choice.

For optimal results, and to achieve all the wonderful properties of chalk/mineral paint, it is recommended to use a FLAT FINISH paint.

Any desired sheen can easily be achieved in the finishing/sealing stage.

BB Frösch Paint Transformer will help eggshell, semi-gloss and high-gloss paint bond, but the other chalk/mineral-paint features like distressibility will be compromised.

If you aren’t worried about distressibility, and simply want a high sheen paint that will bond, we recommend adding extra powder. You can double, or even triple, the amount of powder! This will increase bonding properties as well as other desirable properties of chalk/mineral paint.

While we can’t say exactly how much paint you will use or how many coats it will take, we CAN tell you that you will use less paint and fewer coats than if you were using other types of paint. Typically, 1-3 coats.

A small jar of BB Frösch Paint Transformer mixes up to one quart of paint. However, we rarely mix a whole quart at a time, because many projects like the ones below will only require a cup (8 oz. sample jar from the local hardware store) since the coverage is so great! If your project ends up requiring more than a cup, you can always mix more. There's no need to have a bunch of mixed leftover paint sitting around--save the powder for a new project in a new color!

Depending on how much BB Frösch Paint Transformer is added during the mixing process, the resulting paint can become quite thick over time. Additionally, paint containing primer will also thicken when stored. NO WORRIES! Just gradually add water while stirring until the desired consistency is achieved.

The ability of chalk/mineral paint to thicken means you can achieve additional finishes such as Impasto or a Venetian Plaster look and feel. If you haven’t tried painting with thickened chalk/mineral paint, consider it! You may discover a new finish you like!

A final option for paint that has become thicker than you like is to simply not store mixed paint. Just mix up as much as you need for a project—if you need more later, mix more.

Brush and Application-Related


The short answer is NO! Chalk paint can be applied with any application method including a roller or sprayer. However, to achieve all the techniques and finishes chalk paint is capable of achieving, BB Frösch brushes are recommend. Features include:

  • Natural, chisel-tipped bristles aid in self-leveling properties


  • Thick, oval brush head means less brush loading which cuts down on overall project time


  • Dense brush head means more paint on your piece and less paint absorbed into your brush


  • Wide ferrule and shorter bristle length aids in bristle stability which helps eliminate “flipping” of paint when painting in cross-hatch strokes. Bristle stability is essential for highly texted and grooved areas.


  • Shorter handle makes painting in tight areas easier


  • Designed to last years when treated with care. In fact, they get better with age!

BB Frösch specialty paint and wax brushes are made with the same chisel-tipped bristles in either natural or synthetic. However, there are a few specially-designed features of each that make specialty paint and wax brushes ideal for their intended purpose. Although a paint brush can be used to apply wax and vice-versa, we recommend that once a brush is used for one purpose, it becomes designated for that purpose only. Because wax is designed to seal and protect, once a brush has wax in it, using it to apply paint can give less-than-desirable results.

BB Frösch synthetic brushes are soft yet durable and will not fray. Although both our natural and synthetic brushes are designed to last when properly cleaned and conditioned with BB Frösch Brush Conditioning Soap, synthetic bristles will tend to have less breakage over time.

New brushes should be conditioned before the first use to avoid bristles.

Wet the brush, and swirl the brush in BB Frösch Brush Conditioning Soap. Rinse the brush, pulling the lather out until the water runs clear. Beat the bristled end of the brush against the edge of a counter or sink to loosen wayward bristles.

If a bristle does find it’s way onto your painted surface allow your paint to dry first, then try simply rubbing the bristle with your finger or a small piece of 400-grit sandpaper. The bristle should come off nicely without leaving a mark.

Some techniques utilize brush strokes to highlight the technique (two-color distress, for example.) So, brush strokes are not always a bad thing! Brush strokes are also more authentic for antiques and older pieces, so don’t be completely opposed to them.

However, if you don’t want to see brush strokes, there are a couple of steps you can take:


  1. Use a chalk paint brush.


  2. Kiss your brush with water before loading paint.


  3. Paint initial strokes in cross-hatches. This will give subsequent coats of paint something to settle into. Painting with the grain on all coats can actually make strokes more visible. If you want to paint with the grain, just do so on the final strokes/coats.


  4. If you absolutely want to avoid brush strokes at all costs, apply your paint with a sprayer.

Sealing/Waxing


Here are the basics when using BB Frösch in a sprayer:

1. Mix BB Frösch with paint according to directions (you can mix paint directly in the sprayer hopper)

2. Thin mixed paint by adding approx. 2 additional tablespoons of water for every cup of paint (Note: Paint brand and amount of paint transformer used will determine how much water is needed)

3. Use viscosity cup to check paint thickness

4. Strain mixed and thinned paint through cheesecloth or paint strainer

5. Turn sprayer nozzle:
• horizontal to spray vertically
• vertical to spray horizontally
• angle to spray all over (on curved surfaces, for example)

6. Start and stop off the edge of your piece to avoid pooling of your paint
• depress trigger partway to start air flow, begin moving gun
• while gun is moving, depress trigger all the way to dispense paint

7. Hold gun about 10" from piece

8. Adjust trigger knob (in = more paint, out = less paint)

All furniture and cabinets should be sealed for protection after chalk painting. If not, water, distressing, oils, and dirt could damage the surface. We recommend sealing with BB Frösch Premium Finishing Wax. Though any paint sealer will work with chalk paint (polyurethane, polyacrylic, lacquer, etc.), we prefer wax for nearly every chalk painted project

We recommend simply cleaning with a damp cloth. Mild cleaners like Greenworks also work well.

If you happen to remove or dull a waxed surface from cleaning with too strong of a cleaner, simply re-wax the affected area.

Re-waxing is typically not necessary. If you find that a waxed surface has dulled over time, usually just buffing with a cloth will bring the shine back.

If wax becomes removed through weathering, heavy use or cleaning, re-waxing may be necessary. There is no need to strip the existing wax first—just apply, remove excess wax, and buff the same way you did with your original application.
No. And Maybe. The short answer is that BB Frösch Paint Transformer helps any paint to bond with virtually any surface. However, if that surface has peeling or chipping paint, your paint can only bond to what is already chipping or peeling off—it can’t bond to the surface underneath. In this case, you must sand any areas that are peeling and chipping. We recommend a coarse-grit sandpaper. If you are painting a previously painted or waxed surface, or a surface that has a particularly high sheen, it is also helpful to sand. In this case, you really just need to scuff the surface with a coarse-grit sandpaper to give it “teeth”/something for your paint to grab to. You DON’T have to completely remove the existing finish.
Chalk paint has the amazing ability to be manipulated. One of the ways it can be manipulated is with water! Before chalk paint is sealed, it can be removed by rubbing with a wet cloth or brush. This is highly desirable for several finishes and techniques including wet-distressing. This means that, especially on more smooth surfaces (laminate, glass, tile, etc.), applying a second coat of paint can “lift” the first coat. Why? Because the stiffness of the brush bristles combined with newly introduced wet paint can re-activate underlying layers. You can avoid this by making sure the first coat is fully dry and cure. Even though chalk paint dries quickly, it can take up to a day to cure. For particularly smooth and less-porous surfaces, you may consider allowing the first coat to cure beyond the typical dry time. Additionally, when painting subsequent coats, be sure not to overwork your brush.
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