One of the most frequently asked questions I get is how to seal chalk painted furniture and about how well furniture painted with chalk paint, or any variation of the new chalk, clay and mineral based paints will withstand wear & tear.
The simple answer. Furniture wax. My answer.... Staples Clear Wax. Finishing waxes come in many variations of ingredients and in my 20 years of painting furniture, it took me quite a while to find the best one to keep the matte, shabby chic appearance I wanted and still protect and preserve to furniture for years to come.
Even those that have been painting with chalk paint for years can still be baffled about the correct way to wax.
Several years ago after trying most every wax on the market, I discovered the perfect combination of ingredients and ease of application and I have not looked back! There is also NEVER any yellowing, especially on white painted furniture, as happens with the paste waxes you buy in the Big Box stores.
Crystal Clear Paste Wax by Staples became my new best friend the very first time I used it. It is the perfect consistency to go on smoothly and there is no guesswork - you can easily see where you have applied. Give it 24 hours and if you don't want the matte finish, you can buff it to a shine that looks as glassy as polyurethane!
It only takes one coat. Even experienced furniture painters struggle with whether or not they should apply a second or third coat on the tops of pieces. It goes on like butter.
After I had already been using Staples Wax, it was no surprise to find out that this company has been making furniture wax since 1897 and is one of the oldest and most respected names for protecting floors, furniture, and woodwork. It is made with premium grades of caranuba wax derived from Brazilian palm leaves.
Staples Wax has earned its reputation for their quality blends and the industry's highest content of expensive caranuba, the hardest natural wax known to man. To give you an idea....what also amazed me, this is the wax used by BOWLING ALLEYS! Now think about the wear received on the bowling lanes and the beautiful look that stays maintained on them!
Having tried all sealants, topcoats and other products, I can tell you that chalk painted pieces do best when they are sealed with paste wax. And Staples has proven itself to me over and over.
As much as I love painting pieces in Old White for that true Shabby Chic look, take it from me, your choice of brands of paste wax or sealants MATTERS! I learned the hard way many years ago that lower quality wax and even sealers can turn that Old White into an ugly yellow overnight and ruin it!
It comes in 1 pound cans to start with, and even as often as I paint pieces (daily) it takes me quite awhile to use up a can! They also just made the stockist/professional sized 4 pound cans available. To apply, I use the cheap round discs that come in packs of 2 from Dollar General - their intended purpose is car tires or waxing cars, but they are perfect for waxing furniture and decor pieces. Such a lifesaver!
Just like specialized furniture paints, Chalk, clay and mineral based paints, you won't find it at Lowe's or your local hardware stores with all the other mass produced products. It's a specialty item with specific application purposes so you can only get it from a stockist or by purchasing from one online.
Happy Painting and hopefully making your waxing a little easier!
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