Asked on Apr 5, 2020

How come my wax finish for chalk paint is streaky?

Cheryl AGkDee


8 answers
  • Deb K
    on Apr 5, 2020

    Hi Delores, sorry to hear that, here's what the cause could be. Your Chalk Paint® & Wax. A blotchy appearance can come from either a poor painting job, waxing in sections and not blending the areas in the final phase, or sometimes – over wiping wax off and causing some areas to seem buffed and other areas not. You can fix it up by following this instruction

    using 2-3 coats of wax if you're working on the top of a table or bathroom vanity. If your piece looks blotchy, try going in again with a second thin layer to even it out (just make sure it dries completely first)

  • Mogie
    on Apr 5, 2020

    Very good article. Avoid a Blotchy Appearance in Your Chalk Paint® & Wax

  • Linda
    on Apr 5, 2020

    I am sorry to hear this has happened to you. Was it blotchy right after you applied it or did you clean it with something that may have reacted with the wax?

  • Cynthia H
    on Apr 5, 2020

    How many coats of paint did you put on it? Chalk paint, no matter what kind makes me anxious the first coat or two. Did you seal the old finish before painting? Kilz keeps wood resins and stains from bleeding through. Prep is the single most important thing you do, no matter what finish or paint. Chalk paint sellers often say no prep, but, that's not my experience. Clean, sand, seal before painting. It will go on better and last longer. Also, I rarely use wax. I prefer a clear, water based sealer. Good luck and stay well!

  • Kelli L. Milligan
    on Apr 5, 2020

    I think wax is very unpredictable. I only use Rustoleum chalk paint top coat. Works every time with very durable results. Maybe you could wash the wax off with ammonia and reseal with Rustoleum. Good luck.

  • Dee
    on Apr 5, 2020

    If you have a buffer, use it instead of hand waxing. It will remove the streaks.

  • Gk
    on Apr 5, 2020

    Hopefully you let your chalk paint dry well before you waxed. I usually wait a few days before I wax so the paint has time to dry especially if you have applied 3 coats of paint in a day. Also--chalk paint is meant to be sanded to a smooth finish before you wax. It Is especially good to lightly sand in between 2nd and third coats. It's not much sanding--just a bit with an extra fine sandpaper to smooth everything out. Wiping off all the chalky duct with a damp cloth and letting things dry before you wax. You will notice the difference if you do a light sanding--a much smoother chalk paint finish--then you wax.

  • Cheryl A
    on Apr 5, 2020

    here is a video on how to remove the wax and also info and waxing the furniture without streaks hope this helps

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