How long will my Transfer last?
Transfers are designed for multiple uses but are not designed for ongoing/lifetime use. The number of applications in each Transfer varies based on how well they are cleaned between uses, care to apply to a surface and reattach to a backer, and what type of surfaces the Transfer is applied to. For example, if you are using a transfer on raw wood it will affect how many times you will be able to use it, because the wood tends to stick to the transfer. Unwaxed surfaces or surfaces with fibers (raw wood, fabrics, papers) will deplete the life of the Transfer more quickly. On solid surfaces and with proper care, user can consistently achieve 8-12 applications.
My Transfer doesn’t stick anymore; what do I do?
All transfers will eventually lose stickiness. To get the most use you will want to take care of them. Refer the question on Transfer use and care to preserve and restore stickiness.
How should I store my Transfers?
Make sure your Transfers are completely dry prior to storage. There are multiple ways to store Transfers such as an art portfolio, the original transfer packaging, using pant hangers to hang them, or storing them flat in a drawer. Experiment to discover what works best for you!
What is ‘fuzzing’ and when do I need to do it?
The design of the Transfer and the surface you are applying it to affects how well the Transfer sticks. We highly recommend ‘fuzzing’ a transfer if using on glass, mirrors or windows–all very sleek, often slick, surfaces. Use a terry cloth towel or comparable material to put the transfer on and peel off and on a few times before applying it on the surface you wish to Paste the image on. After application, ensure to clean all the “fuzz fibers” from the Transfer.
How do you clean the transfers?
- Stencils clean up with water and disinfectant wipes.
- Wash transfer under running water.
- Lay sticky side up on a towel or paper towel.
- Wipe sticky side down with disinfectant wipe.
- Let dry.
- Replace back on the backer.
Is Chalkology Paste toxic?
No, but is also not for human or animal consumption; do not eat. Paste should be kept from small children and animals.
What if my Chalkology Paste becomes dry?
Our new reformulated Chalkology Paste contains a humectant, which will help keep your Paste from completely drying out. If your Paste does become dry you may add a small amount of water and mix it well. Add little drops at a time until the correct consistency (such as sour cream) is reached.
What surfaces is Chalkology Paste safe on?
Chalkology Paste is safe to use and remove from most non-porous surfaces, such as Chalkboards, glass, metal, even painted walls. Paste can also be used on porous surfaces such as unfinished wood or paper, but only as a permanent design. It is always advised to test an inconspicuous spot prior to applying Chalk Paste to any surface. Paste colors interact with certain surfaces/finishes which may cause color staining, or “color echo,” after a transfer is removed.
Will any of the colors stain my surfaces?
We advise that you test any surface you are applying Paste to. The darker colors, with high amounts of pigment (ie. black and red), will be more likely to stain porous surfaces. Disinfecting wipes and soap with water will help remove the paste; however, a “color echo” or Paste residue may remain. A “color echo” may be more pronounced on an underlying surface the longer it has been on a surface, as well as its exposure to light. Use a Magic eraser to remove any “color echo” that should get it off.
How often will the colors change?
We are always striving to produce and create new and fun colors all the time. We are organizing colors into palettes. Some will be seasonal/limited time and others will be foundational colors intended to be stocked for a longer time.
What is waxing?
Some plastic surfaces may need a layer of Chalkology Paste Wax in order for the Chalkology Paste to adhere to the surface. It is recommend you test an inconspicuous area first. If the chalk paste flakes off when dry, this is an indicator that you will need to apply a wax layer first. You never need to apply wax to windows and unfinished wood.
What if I wax a porcelain board?
Unfortunately, you cannot undo it. This will leave a film behind which is difficult to remove. Please remember that all of our framed boards do not need to be waxed.
How do you wax a surface?
- Apply a generous amount of Chalkology Paste Wax to surface.
- Rub Chalkology Paste Wax into the surface.
- Wait 20 minutes to cure.
- Lightly Buff off.
- Wait 24 Hours for the wax to completely cure.
- Once it has cured for 24 Hours you are ready to Chalk!
- You will need to wax again when the Chalkology Paste starts flaking off.
What surfaces do you have to wax?
There really is no list on what surfaces you need to wax. It has been discovered that some plastic surfaces need to be wax. All of the Chalk Couture chalkboard products do not need to be waxed with the New formulated Chalkology Paste. If you find a surface that the Chalkology Paste is not adhering to then you will need to wax that surface.