How do I apply wax to metallic chalk paint?


I have painted over a dozen pieces of furniture in various colors of FolkArt wax paint, and followed it all up with the same brand of clear wax, and done some distressing with antique wax. This is my first time using their color Metallic Gold. Instructions still say to cover with wax, but when I tried to apply the wax it started to strip the paint. The drawers are the metallic paint. I repainted the part that stripped. Thank in advance for your help!!

q how do i apply wax to metallic chalk paint
  11 answers
  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 14, 2020

    I painted a couple of night stands with Metallic Silver by RustOleum and didn't put anything over it. That was 4 years ago and they have held the finish with no issues.

    I would suggest either leave and see how it hold up or put a clear water based poly over it.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jul 14, 2020

    ...I would agree with Kathy's advice!

  • Em Em on Jul 14, 2020

    Are you rubbing the wax in really hard? Just lightly touch a small amount on a rag with one finger and LIGHTLY spread it an area and GENTLY move the wax in a small area. Just a tiny bit goes a long way. It seems like your are rubbing too hard.

  • Cynthia H Cynthia H on Jul 14, 2020

    Another option is to call the company or contact customer service online. They usually know any issues and how to deal with them. Good luck and stay safe!

  • Gk Gk on Jul 14, 2020

    What is this dresser made from? If it was/is a laminate it's possible that you needed to prime first. If you try to paint over laminate with chalk paint or any other kind of paint without giving the laminate a light sanding and primer first--this can happen.

  • Why not apply watermarked poly instead.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 15, 2020


    Try using a Satin finish polyurethane varnish. Best wishes.

  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jul 15, 2020

    Oh gosh! Sorry this is happening to you especially when you are comfortable with the wax materials. I actually don't usually antique with wax so I can give you another method which might work better but you would need to buy different materials. When I antique I use a glaze. If you buy Benjamin Moore glaze- mix 1 part paint to 3 parts glaze, you would apply into the crevices or wherever and wipe away. This is how I am used to doing it and it works great. If it helps and doesn't strip the paint and you are still able to antique the hard work you put into it, then GREAT!!! I have tried waxing before but I do love the glazing method better. Good luck!

  • Simple Nature Decor Simple Nature Decor on Jul 15, 2020

    They sell a wax substances you can find though Amazon its easy to apply the direction on the bottle. here is a link

  • I would leave it be and just do a clear poly spray over it

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 17, 2020

    Hi Cerena, I agree with Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom, spray a matte poly over it.