Picking colors was a challenge and I ended up choosing Louis Blue and Coco. Celeste let me pick a few sample pots as well, and for those I chose Antibes Green and Barcelona Orange. Here is what arrived on Saturday (the crackle system and apron are in another box that haven't come yet)--look at those beautiful brushes:
I used the Louis blue. It went on smoothly, dried quickly (despite the snow and raining that were falling), and covered the white paint in one coat. I sanded it with an electric sander and I was over the top with how it sanded on this piece--a perfectly beachy, weathered look. I have tried homemade chalk paint and while it seems to stick to many surfaces, it did not sand up this like the real stuff does.
However, I had also painted a fairly glossy cupboard door and pretty much all of the paint sanded off. I am not sure if I didn't allow it to dry long enough--I have not found much on the internet on cure time. I also read on the wax can where you should wax, sand and then wax again to have more control over the sanding--but I am all about saving time and if I have to do this I don't see how it is different from using a primer. I am going to repaint the cupboard door and let it sit a bit longer than I did. I also see many videos with people hand sanding, but hand sander I am not. I then applied the clear wax, let it dry and buffed it as directed.
The finish is so smooth and beautiful. I was happy to see a little red pop through from the previous owner.
I adore how the finish feels and the quick drying time and if money wasn't an issue, then yes, ASCP would be my paint of choice. However, because money is an issue, the jury is out. I will love using the cans I have and will probably continue to have some on hand (currently no one stocks it in my area) for some projects, but until I get discovered :) and make a little more cash, I will not be able to use it on everything and will save it for the glossy, challenging pieces. In the meantime, I will continue to have loads of fun playing with the paint--I can't wait to do some color mixing!