Asked on Jan 10, 2020

How can I remove sealing wax from a cured, chalk painted table?

Holly Lengner - Lost MomMalicity D'ObscuraLynne


Posted this weeks ago when it was a grimey 40 year old datk brown end table. Used chalk paint fot the first time and then sealed it with sealing wax. Now I have decided that I want a darker grey . How do I get the sealing wax off to repaint?

14 answers
  • Try some mineral spirits on a rag.

  • Gk
    on Jan 10, 2020

    Hello Cindy! If your painted and waxed your table more than 30 days ago you can use chalk paint to paint right over the waxed surface. This article suggests you can use chalk paint to paint over your waxed surface even sooner using chalk paint. I have done this with both Annie Sloan Chalk paint and wax as well as Rustoleum Chalked paint with Annie Sloan wax. it comes out beautifully!

  • Redcatcec
    on Jan 10, 2020

    I have had luck with Awesome's degreaser (dollar stores) and then apply mineral spirits on a rag, or a deglosser, be sure the room is well ventilated.

    However, if you used Annie Sloan's, paint you can skip all the above steps and just paint right over the item.

    Best to you.

  • Pamela
    on Jan 10, 2020

    Just paint over it !!!!

  • Sharon
    on Jan 10, 2020

    Ammonia is used to remove wax.

  • William
    on Jan 10, 2020

    one cup of lemon scented ammonia to one gallon warm water. Wear rubber gloves. Rinse well

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom
    on Jan 10, 2020

    Mix a solution of 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of cream of tartar to make a natural abrasive cleaner. Dampen a soft cotton cloth with the solution and gently wipe the wax off in the direction of the wood grain. Rinse the surface by lightly dampening a cloth in plain water and wiping the surface of the wood.

  • Dee
    on Jan 10, 2020

    Mix a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water, and a few drops of Dawn. Dampen a soft, lint-free cotton cloth with the solution and wipe the surface of the table to break down and remove the wax buildup. Follow the grain of the wood with each stroke.

  • Cindy Rubin
    on Jan 11, 2020

    Thank you all very much!

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Jan 12, 2020

    I've been able to paint over projects that have been painted with chalk paint and wax with a fresh coat of chalk paint.

  • Unique Creations By Anita
    on Jan 15, 2020

    I have painted over mine in the past, and it worked fine.

  • Lynne
    on Jan 15, 2020

    Hi Cindy,

    If it is cured, you can just give it a fresh coat of chalk paint right over the existing paint and wax. I have done this with Annie Sloan chalk paint and wax and it worked out well. I hope this is helpful!

  • Malicity D'Obscura
    on Jan 16, 2020

    I found that burning candles in my bathroom, after I had sealed with wax, a faux stone finish I'd done with plaster and bronzing powders, did a fine (and so unwanted!) job of causing the wax to blister off, where their heat rose. You may wish to try using a hair dryer, or very carefully, a heat gun.

  • Holly Lengner - Lost Mom
    on Aug 31, 2020

    You may have to sand it down.

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