Asked on Sep 09, 2015

Chalk wax over semi gloss

I have painted a desk with latex semi gloss paint and wondered if I could use the wax for the chalk paint on the semi gloss and if so, what would the finish look like??
  10 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 09, 2015
    Honestly I would seal the piece. The wax is temporary.
  • Shari Shari on Sep 09, 2015
    I'm not quite sure what you would accomplish by waxing over semi-gloss paint. Wax provides sheen and some degree of protection. You've already got your sheen from the semi-gloss paint. After it has time to cure well, semi-gloss is pretty durable but if you want more protection, I agree with Janet...seal with a poly type product. Waxing is not my idea of a *good* time. In my opinion, it's a lot of work so I wouldn't want to make more work for myself, especially when there is little to no benefit to waxing in this case.
  • Kristine Kristine on Sep 09, 2015
    Beautiful desk! I'm in love with this. What is your reason for wanting to wax it? Wax is used as a protective coating. If you're considering waxing for the sole purpose of protecting the piece, I would suggest sticking to a clear poly instead. But if you're wanting to apply wax for the aesthetic effect, then you need a DARK wax, not clear. The technique will still work with semi-gloss paint. I've done it on chairs that I'd previously painted with semi-gloss, distressed (sanded off) the paint in small sections, and then worked the wax in to enhance the now-visible, peak-through wood areas. I think this piece would look lovely with a little sanding and some dark wax applied over. I enjoy waxing, I don't consider it a lot of work. It's a relaxing process for me. If you're worried how it might look, turn it over and do a test in small inconspicuous area on the underside of the desk, where no one else will see it before doing the whole thing.
  • Jacqui Jacqui on Sep 10, 2015
    Beautiful desk! From personal experience I would not use the wax finish on any surface that gets touched a lot, my waxed coffee table top is driving me crazy with cat paw prints & a tacky surface feel. No matter how much I buff it is still the same. I am actually going to refinish it yet again & use a polyacrylic finish this time.
  • Jonnie Hammon Jonnie Hammon on Sep 10, 2015
    From my experience, you can do this successfully, by lightly sanding the area you want to add the chalk paint to, add a bonding primer, then paint on the chalk paint. Though I must say it is lovely, as it is right now.
  • Trixie63 Trixie63 on Sep 16, 2015
    I just did a table with semigloss and wanted a softer more distressed look so I used wax (just regular old furniture wax) and I think it looks great and plan re-waxing once a year as I do with all my waxed furniture. I think the difference is that it doesn't look like it has a finish on it, even with matte poly, you can tell it has a finish.
  • Trixie63 Trixie63 on Sep 16, 2015
    Judy I just used Johnsons paste wax. Applied with a cotton cloth and buffed with an old terry towel.
  • Barbara Polston Barbara Polston on Oct 02, 2020

    Thanks for asking this, I was wondering the same thing! This is such a beautiful vanity! Good luck on your project !

  • Baxter Baxter on Jun 16, 2021

    Wax will give it a softer, buttery look like a well worn antique. Use any furniture wax but use it sparingly. The tendency is to apply too much wax which results in a sticky surface that never cures. If you want to add some "aging", you can use a combination of dark wax around the normal wear areas and clear wax overall. Good luck!

  • Deb K Deb K on Apr 05, 2024

    Hi Judy, I would test this on a small in conspicuous spot to see how it works. If it looks good, go for it!!