One thing I’ve learned is that waxing, while relatively simple, creates the most problems for Chalk Paint® noobs.
There’s nothing to it, really, but I’d be lying if I told you I didn’t get the most questions about this crucial step.
First off–YOU ARE USING TOO MUCH WAX!
This is all you need at a time:
Unlike waxing a car, where the layer of wax will sit on top of your surface, this wax is meant to penetrate the paint. You should actually be pushing the wax into the paint.
My favorite analogy comes from Annie herself. Treat the wax like moisturizer. Just as when using a hand cream, you wouldn’t use so much that your skin would be all greasy and wet, but just enough to do the job. A little bit goes a long way. I tend to work in 16-24 inch sections and continue on until I’m done. Look at how far that tiny dab goes. While you can use a lint-free cloth for the application process, I swear by the Ultimate Wax Brush. It’ll save you a ton of time and materials.
You can see the darker portion at the top where the wax took effect. It’s a simple and easy metric to figure out when you need to reapply wax to your brush. Just keep working that stuff in until you don’t see that darkened, semi-gloss finish. It’s at this point you should be wiping away with a separate, clean, lint-free cloth. Old t-shirts are particularly adept at this task. It’s also important to take care when wiping away this excess wax and not overwork it. All you need are clean, even swipes to get a tidy finish. If you wipe too much and wipe too hard you run the risk of actually removing some of the wax you just worked so hard to apply. The whole process should be very fluid and I promise, you need not overthink it.
Just keep on with the wax-on, wax-off method and soon you’ll be done! It really isn’t that hard! Just be sure to give the piece 24 hours for the wax to properly dry and you’ll be good to go.
Over the next two weeks, the wax will continue to cure. See, it’s forming a bond with the paint. From there on out, you can buff it back to a clean sheen with little effort. For more on this, see my post on buffing here.
As always, your questions are welcome in the comments.