Can you distress after waxing?

Asked By: Eliseo Liendo | Last Updated: 17th March, 2020
Category: home and garden home improvement
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When you distress your furniture after you apply your initial coat of wax, you don't want to wait a day or two to do so. Distressing AFTER you wax doesn't have to be cumbersome or “hard.” If you wait too long to distress your piece, you will have to work much harder to remove the paint.

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Besides, do you distress before or after waxing?

There are two different schools of thought of whether to wax before distressing (and after) or to distress first, then wax. Annie Sloan herself recommends applying at least one layer of wax first before distressing because the paint is very chalky and can produce a lot of dust when sanding.

Similarly, how long do I wait to wax after chalk painting? While I've heard it advised to wait 24 hours and to add your clear wax before distressing, I pretty much get after it as soon as the paint is dry to the touch.

Regarding this, can you sand after waxing?

Sanding After Waxing If you sand after you have applied your chalk-style paint and waxyou are sanding through two layers which is physically demanding. Â People who sand after waxing feel it makes it more difficult for them to take too much off – it gives them more control.

Can you leave chalk paint unsealed?

Use what works best for you and suits your piece. Most chalk paint brands say you can choose to leave it unsealed too, but I don't recommend it. Chalk paint is very porous and will pick up stains and look a mess in no time if you don't seal it with something.

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Is it necessary to wax over chalk paint?

You have to remove the wax first. There is an exception to this rule: some chalk paint manufacturers say their paint will adhere to wax once it's cured. Annie Sloan is one brand who claims their chalk paint can be used over their own brand of wax, and I have done this myself with success.

How do you make chalk paint look smooth?

How-To Tuesday: Create a Smooth Finish with Chalk Paint – No Brush Strokes!
  1. Wipe piece clean.
  2. Wood filler.
  3. Mix your paint.
  4. Apply the paint.
  5. Apply the second coat and finish by stroking in the opposite direction from the first coat.
  6. Sanding.
  7. Distress.
  8. Wax.

Do you have to apply clear wax before dark wax?

The initial layer of Clear Wax first will also prevent the Dark Wax from “staining” the paint color. So, let the Clear Wax dry first, and then apply the Dark Wax. This will also allow you to have better control over your toning layer or antiquing effect.

What kind of wax do you put over chalk paint?

You can apply a thin clear wax. This will retain the color of your painted piece while providing protection from the elements. Dip your wax brush lightly into the clear wax. Use brush strokes to rub the wax into the furniture.

How do you paint wood to make it look distressed?


How to Distress Furniture in 6 Easy Steps
  1. Materials and Tools.
  2. Prepare Your Space. Start by laying down drop cloths and preparing the area.
  3. Sand and Clean the Piece.
  4. Paint the Piece.
  5. Apply Wax and Top Layer of Paint (Optional)
  6. Distress the Piece with Sandpaper and Steel Wool.
  7. Apply a Stain (Optional)
  8. Protect the Finished Piece with Polyurethane.

How long does it take for clear wax to dry?

The Wax will be dry to the touch very quickly but take longer to harden or 'cure'. The 'curing' process can take 5 – 21 days depending on ambient temperature. If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow around 24 hours before buffing.

How many coats of Annie Sloan wax do you need?

you will want to apply two or three coats of wax to seal it. Annie's wax is water repellent and strong and basically becomes one with the Chalk Paint®. You may need to re-wax your cabinets in a few years based on the usage, but overall, a periodic buffing should be more than adequate to maintain a superior finish.

How do you buff Annie Sloan wax?

Use a clean, lint-free cloth to take off any excess while the wax is still wet. You don't want to press too hard, just rub very lightly with the cloth, working in one direction to minimise any marks. *Optional: leave your piece overnight and use a lint-free cloth the next day to buff your finish to a high shine.

How many coats of wax do you need on chalk paint?

Apply at least two coats of paint and then two or three coats of Annie Sloan Soft Wax for protection, allowing each wax coat to dry 24 hours before applying the next. Soft Wax makes a good bond to the paint for durability.

How do you wax and buff chalk paint?


Once you apply the wax with the round brush, then go back and rub it in and off the surface of the paint with a soft t-shirt rag. The wax needs to be wiped into the paint and then you let it dry. Then you go back and buff with a soft t-shirt fabric.

How long does it take for Annie Sloan wax to dry?

The Wax will be dry to the touch very quickly but take longer to harden or 'cure'. The 'curing' process can take 5 - 21 days depending on ambient temperature. If you want to achieve a really good shine, allow around 24 hours before buffing.

What is a wax brush?

Chalk Paint® Wax Brushes. They feature ergonomically shaped handles for the effortless application of finishing coats of wax onto painted surfaces. They are shaped to a point to assist with working wax into intricate, detailed areas and tight corners.

Can I paint over Annie Sloan wax?

– you can use apply Chalk Paint® by Annie Sloan over Annie's wax. Yes- you can paint over wax the same day you applied the wax… BUT – the wax must feel dry to the touch and NOT tacky. However- the most important thing is that the wax is dry and feels “cured.”

Do I wax before sanding chalk paint?

Personally, I like to sand Chalk Paint® before waxing. The reason I prefer that, is to me- it is less effort. I typically will sand using 200 or 220 grit sandpaper or sand sponge. Now- if you sand before applying a coat of wax- keep in mind- it will create more dust.

Does chalk paint leave brush strokes?


If you want to not have brush marks on your chalk painted furniture, do these key things. They might sound small, but they'll result in a smooth finish! Thin any super thick paint by adding water and mixing well. Chalk paint can thicken up when the lid is left off, so make sure to leave the lid on when not in use.

Why is my chalk paint cracking when it dries?

Yup – sometimes chalk based paint will crack. Some users may even like this. This could either be another case of bleed through OR a matter of not letting the first coat dry before applying the second coat.

Why do you wax chalk paint?

Chalk Paint™ because of its particular porous structure allows the wax to soak in- like quality skin lotion will on your body. This is why Chalk Paint™ and Annie Sloan waxes marry each other perfectly- they were created to do so and no other mixing of products will produce the same results.