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Chalk Paint Wax Seal 101 – Equipment – Tips & Technique

Chalk painting is a popular and time-tested way of reviving worn out and otherwise dated-looking surfaces.

What’s less evident, however, is that a number of different finishes can be achieved using wax sealing or wax coating your chalk painted surface.

Whether it’s a simple clear, protective coat of wax or an antique finish, you can do it all.

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Today, we’ll talk about what kind of equipment you’ll need to wax seal your chalk painted surfaces, which processes to follow to achieve a few different types of finishes, and when [and when not to] use wax coating.

We’ll also touch upon a few things you need to take care of while wax coating.

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Chalk Paint Wax Seal

The Equipment You’ll Need

Generally speaking, this is a very equipment-averse process. You don’t need too many supplies besides the wax you intend to apply and a brush. However, if you intend to go for a more complex wax coating, here’s what you’ll need:  

  • Clear Wax
  • Dark Wax, this is dependent on your intended finish
  • Your painted surfaces
  • Wax brushes, one for every kind of wax you use
  • Smooth, soft, lint-free cloths
  • A clean, dry area where the wax can dry after application

Once you’ve made sure each item on the list has been ticked off, you can proceed with the next steps.

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A Few Cautionary Words

Before you proceed with getting the wax onto the surface of the chalk paint, here are a few words of wisdom you should keep in mind at all times:

  • Don’t get too much wax on your brush

This is because too much wax leads to issues with restoration of your project. Since wax coating over chalk paint needs to be in very thin layers, you have to make sure not to get wax on any part of the brush other than just the tip.

Experts on restoration have suggested a fix – scoop out some wax as per need on to a flat surface in order to avoid the possibility of putting too much wax onto the brush altogether.

  • Always apply wax in thin layers

The point of applying wax is to act as a protective layer, and applying thick layers of wax at once leads to buildup, which causes many problems after you’re done applying the wax.

The cloth is necessary to avoid agglomeration of wax on the painted surface.

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The Run-down | What You Need to Do

Here’s the fun part!

You’re now going to apply the wax coating onto your chalk painted surface. However, the steps to be followed for various kinds of finishes vary by a large way – and so do the end results.

  1. Steps for a clear finish

This is the basic, tried and tested version of a wax coating. If you intend to retain the colors and finishes of the original chalk paint, follow the steps as stated:

  • Into the container of the clear wax (or where you’ve kept your wax), dip the brush very lightly.
  • Using the strokes of the brush, apply the wax onto the chalk painted surface. The pattern of application is largely irrelevant, since the end goal is to get a layer of wax onto the surface.
  • To smoothen any buildups, use the lint-free soft cloth. Make sure you’ve wiped the entire surface properly.
  • Now, set the project out to dry. This process takes time, and the end result should be that the wax shouldn’t be tacky to touch. Wax generally takes between one to two hours to dry completely.
  • Now that the first coat is applied, repeat the steps above for a second clear coat.
  1. Steps for a dark finish

This is slightly trickier, since you’ll be required to use both clear and dark waxes. Make sure you use different brushes for both kinds of wax. You can either go in for a distressed kind of finish with dark wax only on the edges, corners and sides – or you can go in for a wonderful antique finish with dark wax on the entire chalk painted surface.

  1. Steps for a distressed look on the corners

  • Apply the layer of clear wax as described above. You can go in for a single coat, with a double coat strictly optional.
  • Dip the dark wax brush into the container very gently.
  • Apply the dark wax onto the edges, corners, grooves or seams.
  • The cloth comes into the picture at this point. Use the cloth to slowly and gently remove any buildup on those tricky areas.

Bear in mind: the kind of finish you get will depend on how you use the cloth to remove buildup, given that this isn’t clear wax. So take extra care at this step!

  1. Steps for an aged, antique finish

  • As described above, apply a layer of clear wax. Since you’re going to again apply a coat of dark wax, make sure you don’t overdo it.
  • Scoop out the dark wax onto a flat surface (e.g. a paper plate) and dip the brush for dark wax into the scooped out wax gently.
  • Apply the dark wax onto each and every intended surface thoroughly.
  • Use the soft lint free cloth to get rid of unwanted wax and any buildup.
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The finish that you will get at the end will depend a lot on how much buildup you’re able to remove, but don’t be afraid of making mistakes – for the sole reason that your final result will get a unique look based on how you remove the buildup!

This wraps up Chalk Paint Wax Seal 101. We’ve outlined all you need, what you have to do and what you have to take care of in order to make sure your wax coat delivers the protection and style your chalk painted project deserves!

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