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Chalk Paint Wax Application

chalk paint wax

Chalk Paint Wax application will provide the perfect finish and add protection to your piece.  But do you know how to apply correctly?

When we started furniture painting the waxes available were described as being soft with a margarine like consistency.  With this in mind we set out to apply the wax liberally.

As you would imagine, this process used far too much chalk paint wax and  left a residue that was almost impossible to remove.  The only solution, strip back and start again!

On the flip side applying too little chalk paint wax has its own pitfalls as you will see streaks which will again, be almost impossible to rectify to a suitable standard.

Chalk Paint Wax Application; the Science Bit

To understand chalk paint wax application we first need to look at what we are trying to do.

We are using wax to give both sheen and protection to our finished pieces.

The two main ingredients of wax are solvents and waxes.

The solvent keeps the melted wax at the desired consistency between uses and ensures that it can be applied easily and evenly each time it is used.

Once the wax has been applied the solvent evaporates and leaves a layer of wax which hardens and provides the protection you need.

As such chalk paint wax application needs to be done in such a way to leave a very thin layer of wax on the finished surface.

Chalk Paint Wax Application Basics

As with most things in life chalk paint wax application fits into the “Little and Often” category as it is better to apply in very thin coats building up layers if required.

Control is key with chalk paint wax application so choose the delivery method which give you the most control.

There are two common methods:

Chalk Paint Wax Application by brush

Chalk Paint Wax Application by cloth

When considering which method to use decide which option gives you the most control.

Personally I find I have more control and am able to achieve a thinner, more even wax layer when using a lint free cloth (as with the bristles, any lint will leave the cloth and enter the finish)

Whichever method you use the basics of chalk paint wax application are the same.

Work evenly in a circular motion with a little wax at a time.  Work the wax into the surface ensuring an even thin coverage of wax.

Pay particular attention to detailed areas as the wax may fill any gaps and may spoil the finished look.  Pay attention at all times and should this happen remove the excess before the wax hardens.

Once the piece has been covered to your satisfaction leave it for 30 minutes or so and buff with a clean fresh cloth.

As with any wax product the more you buff the shinier the piece will become.  If you are looking for a light sheen then stop and move on as soon as this has been achieved.

In conclusion, if you stick to the basics you should have every success with chalk paint wax application!

To see our range of chalk paint wax please visit our shop

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Chalk Paint Wax – Our journey to the perfect finish

Why chalk paint wax?

Since chalk paint is porous when dry the surface can clog with oils when touched.

To overcome this, when chalk paint is used, it is advisable to protect the look with a barrier of some kind.

Over the years we have been making our own chalk paints to create our pieces and have found that the commercially available waxes differed from one another and came with their own issues.

In the style of the three little bears, some waxes were far to hard and therefore difficult to apply, or should the need arise, remove; and other waxes were just to soft, creating uneven streaky finishes.

“…this wax is too hard!”

“….this Wax is too soft!”

To over come this we set out to create something that was……

“…this wax is”

That’s right, you guessed it!  

“Just Right!”

What is just right?

We had five main things in mind when we set out to create our own chalk paint wax :

  • Chalk Paint Wax must be easy to apply
  • Chalk Paint Wax must be easy to buff
  • Chalk Paint Wax must not interfere with the chalk paint colour
  • Chalk Paint Wax must give a pleasing finish
  • Chalk Paint wax must give a durable and protective coating

With these five things in mind we set about creating the perfect mix of natural ingredients to put into the wax.

As you would imagine the first ingredient is beeswax.  Beeswax has been used for many years for treating furniture and other items to provide with a sheen and protection.

In order to further protect pieces from both moisture and dirt we have added carnauba wax.

Carnauba Wax when set is said to be tougher and more water repellent than concrete.  As such getting the proportions just right is difficult as if too much is used, it will set too quickly, it wont buff well and more importantly, if a bad finish is achieved, it won’t come off without putting up a  fight!

With a well mixed wax you can easily protect your chalk painted pieces.

Our wax is soft and easy to use.

Simply apply with a brush or cloth, leave to dry and buff to achieve your sheen.