Dark waxing over polyurethane, how to do it?

by Madalina

I’ve read that you can add dark wax to antique your furniture after you’ve applied your polyurethane top coat! Also I’ve read that they’re not to be mixed! Anyone have any thoughts on what to do! I’m repainting my armoire (making it aged looking) with a diy chalk paint to use as a pantry so I need durability! Any recommendations on if I should just use wax or I can go for poly?

  4 answers
  • Pat Rios Pat Rios on Sep 15, 2018

    Hi Madalina!

    Good news! You can apply dark wax over polyurethane top coat. Make sure the poly is dry and go for it. The wax should be the last thing you apply to your cabinets or piece of furniture.

    What you should NOT do is apply the poly AFTER you applied wax, especially if you are using an water-based poly. They won't mix (oil and water don't mix) and you will end up with a messy goo on top of your piece as a result. Good luck!

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    • Pat Rios Pat Rios on Sep 24, 2018

      You don't need to, unless you apply the clear before the dark to make the darker easier to work with (I usually do that, but it is optional). Your wax will dry and cure and the poly will do the job of protecting the paint.

      Good luck!

  • Debi53 Debi53 on Sep 15, 2018

    I agree with Patricia. She got it right.

  • Gk Gk on Sep 17, 2018

    I would use a clear wax first and then use a dark wax. It will be very durable once everything cures. It takes chalk paint very little time to dry but it takes about 30 days for it to cure. The wax will give you a long lasting durable finish that you can just wipe with a soft damp cloth and they dry with a white kitchen towel. If you are still not convinced use a clear sealer (this is not a poly) over your chalk paint and then wax OR use glaze to age your piece and then poly over that.

    • Madalina Madalina on Sep 23, 2018

      also have read that you shouldnt add any kind of poly to any wax or glaze

  • Madalina Madalina on Sep 23, 2018

    i have read a lot of peoples reviews where eventually ill have to rewax and it may also turn yellow? have you had a piece you painted that lasted a long time with chalk paint and used clear wax?

    • Gk Gk on Sep 24, 2018

      Yes I have many pieces that I have used chalk paint and clear wax on that are very durable. Nightstands, dressers, headboards, stools, benches, coffee tables. I usually put 2-3 thin coats of clear wax on and buff in between with shop towels (from a box). I have found old white cotton dish towels, white t shirt and shop towels to be the best for buffing. You want to put thin layers of wax on. It is much easier to buff to get it to shine. If you put on too much wax it's hard to buff. You want to keep buffing until your wax is shiny and smooth. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of wood to get the "feel". On your projects do small areas at a time--do not wax the whole piece if it is a large piece and then start buffing. I have not had any of my pieces yellow and I have not had to rewax yet. I use Annie Sloan wax for all of my projects. I like this wax the best.