Asked on Aug 26, 2015

Calling on chalk paint pros: When do I wax?

by Rita
When dry brushing or adding a wash, do I wax before, after or both? I know I can experiment but that's a lot of time when I know y'all already have invented the wheel. Thanks so much. I'm ready to paint...
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  • Shari Shari on Aug 26, 2015
    Your terms "dry brushing" and "adding a wash" are throwing me off a bit. I don't really connect either of those techniques with chalk paint. Do you mean you want to add a glaze? If so, when you wax will depend on the look you want to end up with. Unwaxed chalk paint is very porous so if you glaze over unwaxed chalk paint, a lot of the glaze will soak in and the glaze will be difficult to wipe off, which will give you a very heavy glazed look and darken your paint color quite a bit. If you only want a hint of glaze, wax your piece first so the glaze does not heavily penetrate the paint. It will sit on top of the wax, which will give you time to wipe off excess glaze. If you have something in mind other than glaze, try to be a little more specific on what your project is, and what look you are going for. Then perhaps I, or others who have used chalk paint, can provide more specific and detailed advice.

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    • Shari Shari on Aug 27, 2015
      @Rita Yes, I'm completely familiar with the techniques of using a wash and dry brushing. I've personally done both many times--just not on/with chalk paint. Although those two techniques obviously CAN be used with chalk paint, they aren't generally the techniques I've seen in the many video tutorials I have watched on chalk painting or the articles I have read on chalk paint techniques. Typically, they use a dark wax for the "aged" look (rather than glaze). For a multi-colored look, I have seen dry brushing done occasionally but most often I have seen them layer 2 or more colors of chalk paint and then sand to expose the different layers of color (as opposed to using the dry brush technique) so when I've used chalk paint, the techniques demonstrated by the professionals are the ones I have followed. But since there are no hard and fast *rules* when using chalk paint, you can, and should, use whatever works to achieve the look you want for your particular project. So...if you are using the techniques of dry brushing and adding a wash with diluted paint, I would revise my first comment and say you should probably wax last. Although chalk paint is suppose to stick to anything, a wash with diluted chalk paint or dry brushing may, or may not, stick well to the surface if it is waxed first. Good luck! Hope you will share the results of whatever you are working on.

  • Chrissy Chrissy on Aug 27, 2015
    I would wax after dry brushing / wash

  • Cathy Watts Cathy Watts on Aug 27, 2015
    Waxing is the last thing you do. It is also best to wait a day or two to let the paint set before waxing.

  • Sherry wooten Sherry wooten on Aug 27, 2015
    You wax after everything is done.

  • Lizzy L Lizzy L on Aug 27, 2015
    Yes, wax is last. Put it on thinly, then take a lint-free cloth and wipe it off until you don't feel any tackiness.