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Chalk Paint(R)-Wax Tips

The Proper Waxing Technique
Well we realized after hearing from our customers that something was amiss with their waxing technique.  They kept on coming back to us saying that the wax was all sticky and hard to buff, even after they let it dry overnight. We kept on stressing that they needed to apply a thin layer of wax, wait for it to dry at least overnight before they buff for the final sheen.  Alas, it was during one of our workshops when one of our students brought in a dresser drawer that we saw the problem.  She had brushed on the wax with her handy wax brush and let it dry overnight.  But she hadn't rubbed the wax into the paint completely and removed the excess before letting it sit overnight.

I had written Annie asking her to help me answer some questions from a blog reader that I will post below that I think was so informative and says it all.

Annie wrote, "I actually apply quite a lot of wax but then I take loads of it off!
You need to spread it all over making certain it really soaks into the
paint and the crevices."

(This is where Annie says we are making mistakes with the wax. We apply it, but are not taking the time to really smooth it into the paint and then wiping off the excess.)

Annie continued, "After applying the wax then wipe it all off pressing into your paint so it absorbs in. If I'm sanding it I use fine sand paper, even if I
don't want to make it distressed, After sanding I wipe over with my
waxy rag again. I usually apply the wax with a brush and then wipe off
with a rag. I get my whole piece perfect before I leave it and then
buff the next day if I want to make it shiny.

(This is why we encourage customers to take an Chalk Paint ®Workshop  so you can you learn the proper application of the wax and the techniques for a perfect finish.)  PLEASE NOTE ABOVE, APPLY THE WAX WITH THE A WAXING BRUSH, THEN USE A CLOTH like Better Than Cheesecloth Towel™ OR PAPER TOWEL AND MASSAGE THE WAX INTO THE SURFACE (LIKE YOU ARE MASSAGING IN HAND CREAM) THEN WIPE OFF THE EXCESS WAX WITH A CLOTH OR RAG. REALLY WIPE OFF YOUR EXCESS WAX, 

UPDATE-NEW: Wipe off the wax in one direction, then run your fingertip down the piece and look for streaks....if you have streaks, wipe more with a clear part of the towel.... then wait overnight to buff.

Annie wrote, "Yes the wax does completely harden! It's hard and is water repellent. I have never known it to melt in the sun and I have had pieces in the hot sun in the window of my shop - yes I know its England but with the sun on it through glass it must hit pretty high temps and we have been selling it in the South of Spain for years and years where it is more
or less tropical!

"No a glass will not leave a water mark. Sometimes a coffee cup leaves
a ring and I just wipe it off with water or something like (Clorex
Wipes) or at very worst a spray kitchen cleaner. You don't want to use
anything too strong or the wax will come off too much. Once I left a
vase on a table and it leached water so when I took the vase away the
paint and wax had sort of lifted . I just left it and it all settled
back and was fine. when it dried I just wiped some wax over it."

Annie Sloan

Additional Wax Information

After applying a layer of Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear and rubbed it into the surface, you can go ahead and apply your Soft Wax in Dark or a Dark and Clear Wax for a lighter aging patina mixture (50% Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Clear and 50% Annie Sloan Soft Wax in Dark-if you have leftover wax mixture, you can store in an airtight container to use later.)

  Always wipe off the excess Dark Wax after applying, let set overnight and buff.

UPDATE:  If applying Dark Wax on a table top, apply a layer of clear wax first, brush on, massage in and wipe off...let set overnight.  Next day, apply another layer of Clear Wax, massage in then immediately apply a layer of Dark Wax and then wipe off using Bounty Paper Towel or similar, run your fingertip down the piece checking for streaks...if you have streak, wipe more with clean towel...then let set overnight and buff the following day. 

We always use a lint free rag like Better Than Cheesecloths™ towels to rub in Amnie Sloan Clear Wax, wipe off the excess wax and to even buff with a clean Better Than Cheesecloth Towel™  the next day.   If your towel, rag or paper towel starts to grab the finish the wax is not ready to buff.  Always wipe off the excess wax in your initial wax application, almost buffing and you should not have the stickiness issue. 

Wait at least overnight for the wax to cure a bit before adding another layer of clear wax for more durability especially on table tops.  Remember with a Dark Wax layer wait 48 or more hours so you don't pull up the Dark Wax if you decide to apply another layer of Clear Wax.

Really consider taking a Chalk Paint® Workshop at a Stockist near you to really learn the ins and outs of using this wonderful Chalk Paint® and Wax system.  You will learn all the professional tricks of the trade and take your furniture pieces to the next level. 

Note: The photo above is for illustration purposes.  Just layer on a small film of wax and push it into the paint and wipe off the excess. A little wax goes a long way.
Dark Wax Tip Alert

It was brought to my attention that some of you were having problems with their wax brushes clunking up when they were applying their Dark Wax.  After a bit of investigation I realized that some of you were using their brushes improperly at the Dark Wax stage.  Just brush on the Dark Wax then wipe off with a cloth. Don't continue brushing on the Dark Wax into the surface or you'll reactivate the Clear wax underneath. 
Photos taken from Quick and Easy Paint Transformations by Annie Sloan
Applying Dark Wax

Rule number one when applying dark wax over Chalk Paint®, you must apply a layer of Clear Wax first.  This will prevent the Dark Wax from staining the Chalk Paint® and you will have better control over your toning layer or antiquing effect.

Now, after you have applied a layer of clear wax, you can either brush or use a rag and apply your Dark Wax either all over or in the areas you choose to give an aged effect. ***Please note here*** Then take a rag and remove the excess dark wax.   Do not use your wax brush and try to massage the dark wax into the finish.  You will reactivate the clear wax and end up with a gunky mess that can ruin your finish. **** Rub in thoroughly and let dry overnight and buff the next day.

**** You apply your Annie Sloan Dark Wax shortly after you have applied your Annie Sloan Clear Wax over the Chalk Paint.  If by chance I can't apply my dark wax right after my clear wax, I wipe off the excess clear wax, let set overnight.  Then I go ahead and apply a light layer of clear wax prior to applying my Dark Wax.  I want that cushion of clear wax moist when I am applying Dark Wax.

These are basic waxing instructions.  We teach more detailed techniques in our Chalk Paint® Workshops and I highly recommend you attend a workshop to really learn all you can do with the wax, distressing, all the various painting techniques in order to take your furniture pieces to the next level. 

As always, please email Patty or Karen at with any of your questions.
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