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Annie Sloan chalk paint – How to wax and buff wax – for boys
Annie Sloan chalk paint is mainly for girls – but boys can use it too! Read a professional Traditional Painter’s practical tips on Annie Sloan chalk paint – How to wax and buff wax.
In general terms, you apply chalk paint to any surface with minimal preparation, sand (or not), wax a few times and buff.
Here’s how a painter boy tackled that.
Applying chalk paint
There is plenty of online instruction from lady decorators on how to apply the chalk paint to a piece of furniture – a nice synthetic brush, and just get it on, 2 coats in quick succession. For a distressed finish there is no need to be ultra careful with brush technique.
Painter boys who need to get the paint on fast and even for a flat finish, might like the Wooster FTP brush or any original Fox or Fox sash brush with Annie Sloan chalk paint. It is a very productive combination. The Picasso pictured is not really up to the task if you have a lot of items to paint. It is not firm enough.
The first coat dries in a matter of an hour, and will cover really really well on bare wood.
Second coat obliterates totally, for a nice full solid colour finish.
If aiming for specific colours, please bear in mind that clear wax will darken the paint a couple of shades, so account for that.
Sanding chalk paint
The chalk paint is very soft, so if you need to sand, and want to avoid dust galore, eg if you have applied a coat, see some dings and dents to fill, then if sanding back the filler you will create filler and chalk paint dust. Therefore use one of these tools for boys, ideally attached to a good vacuum. As an idea, the hand sander is a small investment of £33.07 including VAT and delivery from Hallmark Frauhlo
However, in most circumstances, the advice from Annie herself
I just want to tell you that I do not sand before I wax but ALWAYS sand after I have waxed… Much less dust – well none actually!! (Annie Sloan)
On the above dresser, after a first coat revealed obvious defects in the pine, I did spot filling on nail heads and had to sand back flush. Being ultra soft, it went back to bare wood around the nail head. No problem. A couple of quick touch-in coats of chalk paint before the topcoat and waxing… Very versatile.
Applying wax to chalk paint – the normal way
Chalk paint needs to be sealed. Buffed up wax is an effective and aesthetically pleasing sealant. It is also time consuming doing it the conventional way.
There are videos galore showing how to apply clear wax on tabletops and buff up using lint free rag and elbow grease. Wipe on, wait to dry, then buff with clean rag. It is the same principle over chalk paint.
Or you can apply dark wax (or wax tinted with chalk paint) with a brush and wipe off and buff with a rag.
Or apply dark wax with a brush and then brush on clear wax to create interesting distressed protective finishes. Here’s a video on dark wax/clear wax combination to create distressed paint finish with chalk paint
Apply wax to chalk paint and buff, the commercial boys way!
Another reminder, hopefully the paint colour you have chosen has taken account for the fact that the clear wax will darken the paint a couple of shades?
It is surprisingly difficult to find short sharp videos on how boys can apply Annie Sloan clear wax and buff it up without all that elbow grease.
Well, no video here, but here is one way to get productive and efficient with wax finishes on furniture or unfitted kitchen furniture or kitchen cabinets etc.
1 - Bain marie
Pour hot water into a suitable container and place your tin of wax in the water. Wait for the wax to melt a bit.
2 – Apply clear wax over a section of chalk paint with a clean rag. Not too liberal. In its soggy state, it goes a long way quickly.
3 – Before moving to next section, make sure there are no obvious smears and lumps left behind.
4 – When you have completely first coated the piece(s) you are working on, and the wax is dry to the touch, apply another coat of wax as above. Repeat. 3 coats is a good number.
6 – When the wax is all dry to the touch, out with the mother of all power tools! The Mirka CEROS orbital sander.
This sander is designed on the lines of the car body shop models. I have the 5″ size, and with a 6″sheepskin pad, and set on low speed, you are in business! Because the 6″ pad is oversize for the 5″ model, you can work the extra sheepskin into corners, nooks and crannies. Job done.
Give the wax a few days to harden off throughout its thickness, and you should get nice emails from customers saying how lovely the finish effect is.
Chalk paint is ideal for distressed effects, but having successfully done a more conventional flat paint finish on a complete kitchen, I guess there are no rules.
One rule I would like to break, is applying the wax. Can wax be sprayed? You bet. But see the comments below from a main supplier of spray wax.
North of the border, Cait of Carte Blanche is the authority on most things to do with preparing, applying and distressing Annie Sloan chalk paint. Gibson is the bain marie expert on production quantity waxing. And Jocelyne has compiled a great one-stop page of all things Annie Sloan chalk paint, where I am the waxing expert!
Traditional Painters regularly tackle furniture painting with chalk paint and have had good success using a protective coating with Tikkurila Kiva (clear water-borne).
For an added “ageing effect” the Ronseal varnish as seen here on this dressing table from Adam Bermingham in Ireland, has a yellowy tinge and adhered and protected really well.
See here for more examples of painted furniture, many of which could also be achieved with chalk paint and a bit of colour.
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