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How to apply Chalk Paint® Wax?

Chalk Paint® Wax is the perfect complement for Chalk Paint® paint. In fact, we’d say it’s an essential partner! It adds durability, deepens the colours and gives a very slight sheen. It’s really easy to get sensational results – just use a cotton rag, or your Chalk Paint® Wax Brush, to get it into corners and crevices.

As a very rough guide, you will need one 500ml tin of wax for every 3-4 litres of paint – of course, this will vary depending on how many coats of paint or wax you use to cover a piece. And it’s always best to have a little wax left over for touching up. With the lid tightly on, it will last indefinitely.

When you apply the wax, ‘push’ it into your Chalk Paint® for the best results. Think hand cream – and apply it in the same way! Remove excess wax with a clean cloth. Don’t buff yet – leave the wax to dry for 24 hours before buffing with a clean lint free cloth, or leave as it is for a matt effect.
Less is more, so there’s no need to apply wax too thickly. The wax will feel touch-dry immediately after you’ve applied it.
Work small areas at a time, so the wax doesn’t dry before you get to work it in.

To bring out brushstrokes or for an aged effect, work Dark, Black or White Chalk Paint® Waxes into crevices, wiping it back with Clear Chalk Paint® Wax to achieve your perfect result. Always apply a coat of Clear Chalk Paint® Wax before you apply coloured waxes – this will allow you to control the colour.

The Wax will be dry to the touch very quickly but take longer to harden or ‘cure’. The ‘curing’ process can take 5 – 21 days depending on ambient temperature.

If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow around 24 hours before buffing.

Chalk Paint® Wax is food-safe when completely cured.

How to use Chalk Paint®?

As a rough guide, one litre of Chalk Paint® covers aproximately 13 square metres, or the equivalent of a small welsh dresser or china hutch.

For most purposes, one coat of paint is enough. Chalk Paint® adheres to almost any surface, and there is rarely any need to sand or prime before painting.

To get started, tip pot upside down and shake before use. Then open and stir well. If paint is too thick just add a little water and stir. For the best results, we recommend using a good quality paintbrush like the Chalk Paint® Brushes to apply the paint.

You can paint Chalk Paint® over Chalk Paint® Wax.

Can I use Chalk Paint® on Metal?

You can Chalk Paint® straight onto all kinds of hardware, including metal work. Chalk Paint® can re-invigorate old brass and other metal fixtures and fittings, and it even covers and slows down rust.

Any rusting areas should be sanded and treated with a rust inhibitor before painting.

How to take care of Annie Sloan Brushes?

After painting with Chalk Paint®, squeeze out as much excess paint from your brush as you can, then wash your Chalk Paint® Brush well with warm water to rinse out all the colour. Hang to dry with the bristles pointing downwards.

Whether you apply Chalk Paint® Wax with the Chalk Paint® Wax Brush or Chalk Paint® Brush, simply wash your brush with warm water and grease-cutting soap to clean it. Harsh detergents may shorten the life of your natural bristle brushes.

Can I paint tiles with Chalk Paint®?

Chalk Paint® will adhere to tiles. It should be sealed with either Chalk Paint® Wax or Lacquer. When using on glazed or shiny tiles, allow for the full curing period (21 days for wax, 14 days for Lacquer) and take care not to scratch or chip the finish during this time. Bear in mind that this is not a finish that will hold up to being exposed to a lot of water/steam or frequent cleaning with chemical cleaners.

How do I allow Chalk Paint® Wax to cure?

After you’ve applied Chalk Paint® Wax, you’ll find that it will become dry to the touch very quickly. At this stage, it is still what you might call ‘soft’. It will start to harden as the solvents in the wax evaporate. This hardening process is known as ‘curing’. Curing can take between 5 and 21 days depending on ambient temperature.

Of course, you can use your finished piece straight away, but you may need to treat it with extra care up until the wax has cured completely (you might want to use coasters, avoid sharp objects etc). Once cured, a piece of furniture finished with Chalk Paint® and finished with wax will stand up to normal wear and tear.

Chalk Paint® Wax is food-safe when completely cured.

How to take care of your finish?

Generally, buffing lightly with a damp/dry microfibre cloth should be sufficient to clean. Stubborn marks on waxed pieces can often be removed with a little Clear Chalk Paint® Wax on a cloth. Any cleaner you use will eventually wear away the wax, but if you would prefer to use a mild surface cleaner, apply using a cloth and test in an inconspicuous area first. Regular use of cleaning products may necessitate re-waxing over time.

Always use heat mats and coasters to protect your painted and waxed surfaces. Keep away from extreme temperatures or humidity. Like you, your finish prefers a moderate climate!

Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using it on bars is not advisable.

Avoid aerosol spray polishes as they may contain solvents or silicone that could dissolve the wax.

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