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!
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