Using Chalk-Style Paint In A Sprayer: Beginners How-To Guide

If you're a DIY enthusiast, chances are you've heard of chalk-style paint. It's a versatile and easy-to-use paint that can give any piece of furniture or decor a chic, vintage look. 

But have you ever thought about using chalk paint in a sprayer? It may sound unconventional, but using a sprayer can actually make the process of painting with chalk-style paint faster and easier than ever before.

Whether you're a seasoned DIYer or just starting out, this guide will help you achieve a professional-looking finish with chalk-style paint and a sprayer. So, grab your paint and sprayer and let's get started!

Spray chalk style paint creates a lovely velvet matte and smoother finish on wood projects both big and small. Whether you want to upcycle a picture frame or give large pieces of wood furniture a facelift, there are many ways to use chalk style paint or chalk latex paint in DIY as painting furniture. [1]

It’s common for DIY fans to use spray chalk paint on side tables, cupboards, doors, frames, and more. But can you put spray chalk paint in a sprayer? In short, yes, you can put chalk style paint in a sprayer!  

Using either a brush or spray paint with chalk style paint can bring plenty of benefits, such as: 

  • A smooth, uniform, durable finish with no brush marks 
  • Thin, even one coat 
  • Quick application and drying times 
  • Easy to use in any project 

Curious to know how to save time and get beautiful results with chalk style paint? Follow our step-by-step guide or perform toggle menu close search to know more. 

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How To spray paint With Chalk Paint Step-By-Step


  • Chalk paint of choice 
  • Water 
  • Item/s to be painted 
  • Paint sprayer 
  • Spray shelter/ protective tent 
  • Drop cloths 
  • Eye protection 
  • Protective gloves and clothing 
  • Stir stick 
  • Measuring cup 
  • Disposable filter 
  • Scrap paper or cardboard 
  • Finishing wax or lacquer 
  • Respirator or face mask 
  • Tools (optional) 
  • Sandpaper (optional) 
  • Primer (optional) 
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  • 1
    Prep Your Item  
    Before getting to spray paint, you need to ensure that your desired project is ready to go. This involves doing various maintenance tasks such as cleaning, sanding, repairing, and taking it apart after search toggle menu.  
  • 2
    Set Up The Space  
    Make sure to pick a large, well-ventilated area with plenty of space. Set up your sprayer tent according to manual instructions and cover your floor and any items in the room with drop cloths or tarp.  At this stage, we recommend putting on your protective gear if you have not already done so. 
  • 3
    Thin Chalk Paint  
    Set up your paint sprayer according to manual instructions. Once you are ready to go, you can prepare your chalk style paint to go into the sprayer. 
    Most paints are quite thick and would have a difficult time moving through a paint sprayer without getting stuck. Luckily, it is easy to thinning paint with water as it is water-based.  Here is a quick guide on how to thin paint for sprayers. Take note of how much paint you have used in the measuring cup, and add between 10 and 20 percent water a little at a time, stirring with your stir stick as you go. We recommend lifting some spraying chalk paint up into the air on your stick and pouring it back into the cup; if you can see what looks like a worm shape, the spraying chalk paint is too thick.  
  • 4
    Filter Your Paint  
    This may seem unnecessary, but filtering your  spraying chalk type paint is vital to achieving a smooth finish. Debris, air bubbles, and dried paint can accumulate in the paint pot and block your nozzle. To avoid a lot of start spraying chalk type  paint while working, filter your more paint into the sprayer using a disposable filter or flour sifter.  
  • 5
    Test Your Sprayer  
    The final bit of prep before painting is to test your sprayer. Loading your sprayer up and painting on some scrap cardboard or paper allows you to ensure that the sprayer works properly and has the correct settings activated.  
  • 6
    Get Painting  
    Now it is time for the fun part with the spray gun. Apply paint light, even one coat to your entire object in slow, deliberate movements. These thin and even one coat will lead to an even quicker drying time while saving paint with a spray gun. Once done, leave your paint to dry for 1-2 hours and repeat for the required number of layers with second coat. 
  • 7
    Add Distress Detailing (Optional)  
    If you want a more distressed or shabby chic look, take a rag or sandpaper and wear down some of the painted areas. A popular way to do this is to sand the edges and near the corners. 
  • 8
    Clean Your Sprayer  
    Once you are happy with the paint job, we recommend cleaning your paint sprayer. Take your sprayer apart according to manual instructions and clean any areas touched by too much paint with soap and water before leaving to dry. This process should take 5-10 minutes depending on if you're cleaning an airless sprayer or an HVLP spray gun.
  • 9
    Apply A Top one coat or Wax  
    Once your final layer is dry, you can move on to the last step. Applying a top one coat  or two coats or wax durable finish ensures that your hard work lasts longer and minimizes wear and tear [2]. We recommend applying your desired final durable finish with a paintbrush before leaving it to dry for at least 24 hours.  
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Chalk Paint Spraying Questions 

What is the best paint sprayer for chalk paint?   

This depends on your budget and what you have access to in your local area. Some quality paint sprayer brands to consider include Wagner and Flexio, among others.  

What is the best chalk paint to use in sprayers?  

Most chalk paints should work in sprayers if they are adequately thinned and prepared. Some common chalk paints used in projects like this include Homeright, Rust-Oleum, and Annie Sloan interiors, among other paints and brands. 


Can you use a paint sprayer for chalk paint? Yes, with the right consistency, tools, and preparation.

With our tips and methods above, you should be able to paint any item beautifully while saving time and money. No stress and a smooth and quick application are possible with the right paint sprayer and a little forethought.