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Best Paint Brush for Chalk Paint 

Thanks for taking your time to read our information on the best paint brush for chalk paint. 

There are so many different makers of paint brushes, at a wide range of prices, that it's very hard to know what is the best to go for. How do you know much you should spend and is it worth spending a bit extra to get something that works better?

We have had a look at all the brushes that are used for chalking painting so hopefully this should save you a bit of time making your choice.

New Renaissance Professional Chalk Paint Wax Brush

90% customer satisfaction based on 2,000+ online buyer reviews

  • 22.86 x 5.08 x 7.62 cm; 90.72 Grams
  • This is quite a large brush at just over 8" in total, I was surprised as it looks small in the picture
  • 2-in-1 brush thats perfect for chalk paint or wax
  • Natural Premium bristles (NOT synthetic ) are best for an authentic looking chalk paint project
  • Specifically designed to work with all furniture
  • Annie Sloan products are well known to be high quality at a fair price

This professional standard brush is designed to paint and wax furniture to a high quality . Pure bristles are preferred by most chalk paint artists because they create a more authentic looking chalk paint project. Nylon bristles don't leave the same texture as our natural bristles. This brush works well with all colors of paint or wax,on all types of furniture.

Chalk Paint Wax Brush Set

88% customer satisfaction based on 300+ online buyer reviews

  • Complete set Pointed (7.1 inch) Flat (6.7 inch) Round(6.5)
  • This brush set spreads the paint evenly without leaving any streaks in texture; works great with all chalk paint  
  • The handle fits nicely in your hand; makes controlling your paint strokes super-easy
  • Has natural boar bristles and a rust-resistant stainless steel ferrule
  • Really great when crafting vintage looking chairs, tables, cabinets, walls or re-waxing antiques

This is a great set that pretty much covers all areas. The different shapes and sizes mean you can get into all areas and the brushes are great quality at this price. They even come packaged as a gift set if you wanted to give them to somebody for a present.

LANIAKEA 3 Pcs Chalk Paint Wax Brush Set 

86% customer satisfaction based on 200+ online buyer reviews

  • Set of three with head diameter 50mm /30mm /20mm
  • These brushes are made of China boar hair which works great with chalk paint
  • The white China bristles are soft and thin and are great for achieving a smooth finish
  • Very little zero bristle loss as the ferrules are firmly set in epoxy.  
  • This brush is designed for your painting work, furniture wax, rustoleum chalk paint and wax finishes 

Another great set for chalk painting and very cheap as well. The 3" brush is particulary good if you have large areas to cover. Buyers though the long handle was really handy and many said that they never lost a single bristle.

COTTAM Chalk & Wax Brush Set (Pack of 4) 

86%customer satisfaction based on 1000+ online buyer reviews

  • Set of 4 round head brushes perfect for applying chalk paints and furniture waxes
  • Pack contains 4 brushes in sizes 14 / 19 / 25 / 30 MM diameters.
  • 100% natural bristle that holds chalk paint and wax well.
  • Birch timber handles are very comfortable and brush balance is excellent
  • All round a good starter set for chalk painting and waxing

This is one of the cheapest brush sets we found but it's still pretty good quality and is great for chalk painting. I hadn't heard of this maker before but they are getting really good reviews, especially at this low price.

MAXMAN Chalk & Wax Paint Brush Set

86% customer satisfaction based on 1200+ online buyer reviews

  • Set of two Round and Flat Detail Brushes
  • These little brushes are great for getting into nicks and crannies with paint or wax
  • Varnished sycamore wood handles are nice to handle and durable.
  • Made of twice-boiled Soft bristle,
  • Perfect & compatible for finishing wax and painting.
  • Bristles are firmly set into rust proof stainless steel ferrules

These little brushes are great for getting into nicks and crannies with paint or wax. They are very neat and perfect for finishing wax and painting. I wouldn't be doing a major project with these brushes alone though.

A very quick video review

We have looked over all the video reviews and found this great short presentation on how to chalk paint properly. It gives you an instant idea of what to expect as well as telling you all the tips of the trade.

I hope you enjoy watching it as I always think its much better to see a tool in action rather than just reading about it or seeing pictures. This young lady is particularly good at explaining the technique.

What is the Best Chalk Paint

There are many different makers of this type of chalk paint and they will all tell you that they are the best.

Of course they aren't all the best but it's very hard to know what to go for. We found that any of the paints from Rust-Oleum were excellent and gave the finish we wanted.

It is quite a niche market and many of the major makers dont have much to offer. We did, however, find that Hemway did an excellent range too and it's probably the most popular chalk paint right now.

Our Chalk Painting Tips 

The key to any good painting job is preparation. We have already written a useful article on how to prepare a room for painting, which is certainly worth a read. In this section though we are going to offer our tips just about chalk painting.

Painting with Chalk Paint

Basically this type of chalk painting comes in two stages, painting then waxing. There is not a lot of prep required and really you don't usually need to do any sanding or priming. This is good news I hear you thinking !

Really you just need to make sure the piece is totally clean. Warm soapy water is usually good enough to do the job but you may need a solvent if it is particularly dirty. Most furniture is never that bad.

Once it is clean just go for it ! Long strokes in all directions work best and try to catch any runs or drips as you go along. Thats the basics done. You most likely will need two coats and I like to leave a couple of hours between each coat. Though as long as it's dry to the touch you can paint over it.

After 2 or 3 hours you are ready to wax away !

If you have a lot of painting to do then it might be more economical to buy a full set of brushes. You can get some ideas in our Paint Brush Set Reviews article that will help you choose what's best for your needs.

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