How to wax furniture and buff wax over Annie Sloan chalk paint – for boys
Annie Sloan chalk paint is mainly for girls – but boys can use it too! In general terms, you apply 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 Picasso brush with Annie Sloan chalk paint. It is brill.
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 colour finish.
Sanding chalk paint
The chalk paint is very soft, so if you want to avoid dust galore, use one of these tools for boys, ideally attached to a good vacuum.
The amount of sanding you do is horses for courses, based on the effect you are after (distressed or flat). It sands easily. It can be sanded between coats, or after the second coat, and can be left super smooth. You can delay sanding till the first wax coat has been applied.
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 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!
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. (As a side note, 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?)
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. Need to ask an expert whether this particular brand would be suitable for chalk paint. That would be most excellent
Cait of Carte Blanche is the authority on most things to do with decorative painting, including 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!
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