Have you ever experienced the frustration of using chalk mineral paint on furniture or home decor, only to find that it doesn’t adhere properly? Well, fear not! Introducing Dixie Belle Slick Stick, the ultimate solution to prevent this issue. This primer promises to make your furniture makeovers a breeze. So, buckle up, folks, as we dive into the world of Slick Stick. Where every piece of furniture, no matter how glossy, is a potential canvas for your creativity!
And if you would like to learn more about all that Dixie Belle Paint Products have to offer read more in this post – How To Use Dixie Belle Paint.
What Is Dixie Belle Slick Stick Bonding Primer?
I know what you’re thinking, “Another product I need to buy for my furniture makeovers? Really?” But bear with me here. Dixie Belle Slick Stick isn’t just another addition to your cluttered garage shelf. It’s like the trusty sidekick to your chalk mineral paint
Dixie Belle Slick Stick is an excellent bonding primer. It’s a weapon against those pesky glossy surfaces that act like they’re too cool for school (or paint, in this case).
A bonding primer is a special type of primer designed to improve the adhesion of chalk mineral paint. Consider it as a primer layer that grasps onto difficult surfaces on one side, while allowing for the smooth application of paint on the other. It is particularly beneficial when you’re dealing with glossy, slick materials that paint usually struggles to stick to.
By using a bonding primer, you’re essentially creating a perfect canvas for your chalk mineral paint. This canvas ensures it adheres properly which results in a stunning and long-lasting finish.
For more info on other primers, read Primer For Painted Furniture
Paint Surfaces That Benefit From Dixie Belle Slick Stick
So, you might be wondering, “What surfaces can I use the Dixie Belle Slick Stick on?” Well, the beauty of this product is in its versatility.
It’s an absolute godsend for furniture makeovers where the surfaces are slick, shiny, and seem to repel paint. Whether it’s a glossy laminate cabinet, shiny metal hardware, or even a sleek glass tabletop, Slick Stick has got you covered.
It can also be used on plastic finishes or those stubborn IKEA-type furniture pieces that seem immune to chalk mineral paint. Remember, with Slick Stick, no surface is too cool for school, or in this case, for a makeover with Dixie Belle’s chalk mineral paint!
Many people have questions about how to paint IKEA and other laminate furniture.
Check out this Laminate Hutch Makeover, for some fun tips.
How To Paint Glass
And if you like upcycling home décor items, like glass vases, Dixie Belle Slick Stick is the perfect product to have on hand. I enjoy doing a patina finish on glass jars and vases, which I show here in this post, How To Patina Glass Decor.
And check out these mason jar makeovers, all primed with Dixie Belle Slick Stick prior to painting:
Slick Stick is also a great primer for hardware. I use it on hardware that I am going to paint or do a metallic wax or paste on. And you can even use Dixie Belle Slick Stick on hardware prior to refinishing with spray paint.
Benefits of Dixie Belle Slick Stick Primer
Undeniably, one of the standout benefits of Dixie Belle Slick Stick is that it’s a water-based product. This feature is a game-changer in furniture makeovers. Being water-based means it is low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are harmful to the environment and your health.
You can rest assured that using Slick Stick will not compromise the air quality in your home or workspace.
Additionally, cleanup is a breeze! Unlike oil-based primers, brushes and tools can be easily cleaned with just soap and water.
Moreover, the water-based nature of the product also makes it quick-drying. Therefore you can apply your chalk mineral paint much sooner. All in all, the Dixie Belle Slick Stick’s water-based quality makes it an indispensable ally in your furniture makeover projects.
As shown in one of the photos above, I keep my Dixie Belle Slick Stick in a storage squeeze bottle that is easy to use. These are called FIFO Bottles and they are inexpensive and work great!
How To Use Dixie Belle Slick Stick Primer
Wondering how to make the most of this enchanting primer? It’s a breeze! Using Dixie Belle Slick Stick is a straightforward process that can help you transform even the most stubborn glossy surfaces into a ready-to-paint canvas.
To learn more read How To Prep Furniture For Painting.
Once cleaned, let the surface dry completely.
Following this, apply a thin layer of Slick Stick using a quality brush, ensuring you cover all areas you want to paint later. Allow the primer to dry fully, which typically takes around 2-3 hours.
After drying, apply a second coat and let it dry overnight.
By the following day, your surface should be primed and ready for a transformation with Dixie Belle’s chalk mineral paint.
Remember, the key to a successful makeover is patience and allowing ample drying time between coats. And you can always check out a few more tips at the Dixie Belle website.
What Makes Dixie Belle Slick Stick Bonding Primer Different?
When it comes to bonding primers, Dixie Belle Slick Stick stands out from the crowd for a few key reasons:
Unlike other bonding primers, Slick Stick is designed specifically for tricky surfaces that are resistant to paint. Finishes that are glossy or IKEA-type furniture. Or even glass. This specificity allows for a stronger bond and more effective adhesion of the chalk mineral paint.
Additionally, its straightforward application process, requiring only a clean surface and a quality brush, makes it user-friendly.
Finally, it dries relatively quickly – typically within 2-3 hours. However, for the best results, a second coat should be applied and allowed to dry overnight.
Alternative Bonding Primers For Slick Surfaces
You may be wondering what are some alternative bonding primers?
Zinsser B-I-N Shellac-Based Primer offers superior adhesion and stain-blocking properties. But it is an oil-based primer and that comes with some special handling discussed below.
Stix Waterborne Bonding Primer is another competitor in the market.
Another choice is Country Chic Bonding Primer. It is also eco-friendly and has low VOC, aligning with the sustainable practices of modern DIY projects. I haven’t used this primer yet.
Benefits Of Water-Based Paint Products
When it comes to choosing a primer for furniture makeovers, water-based primers, like the Dixie Belle Slick Stick, offer several advantages over oil-based alternatives, like Shellac.
Firstly, water-based primers are typically low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs), making them safer for both the user and the environment.
Secondly, water-based bonding primers are also easier to clean up, requiring just soap and water, unlike oil-based primers which necessitate the use of harsh chemicals for cleanup. In terms of performance.
Thirdly, water-based primers can be less prone to yellowing over time, ensuring your furniture retains its original color.
Finally, water-based primer don’t emit strong odors, unlike oil-based primers whose odors can be overwhelming, often requiring adequate ventilation during use. This not only makes the application process less comfortable but also can pose potential health risks if not used in a properly ventilated space
While oil-based primers have their own merits, the advantages of water-based bonding primers make them an attractive choice for those prioritizing ease of use, speed, and environmental sustainability.
Summary: Dixie Belle Slick Stick Bonding Primer
In conclusion, Dixie Belle Slick Stick is an exceptional tool for furniture makeovers, serving as a vital step in the painting process. It ensures the longevity and vibrancy of the chalk mineral paint while contributing to the ease of application.
Whether you’re an experienced DIY enthusiast or just starting out on your furniture transformation journey, Dixie Belle’s Slick Stick is a product worth investing in.
Discover the possibilities and awaken your creativity with Dixie Belle Slick Stick. Happy furniture makeover!