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??
chalk wax over semi gloss
chalk wax over semi gloss
  9 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!