Furniture Wax. What comes close to giving us the feel we love? Maybe nothing, however we have to take a look at just how durable it is! We send our pieces into the homes of others and well just hope and pray our work is outlasting their lifestyle! I would cringe to think I were doing anything to compromise the longevity of my work! I need a product to protect my painted finish! Have I been putting too much faith in this product to do that?
Should we use Wax to protect our paint finish?
As I began unfolding this world of furniture refinishing,.. Of course one of the first things that caught my eye was Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. Highly recommended, popularly used to get that really beautiful old world to look on our furniture pieces. You can take the most modern piece of furniture and give it a very earthy feel, like it was chiseled from stone 2000 years ago.
Okay maybe I exaggerate, but it’s incredibly fun to bring new life to old pieces of furniture. (Or old life to NEW pieces of furniture!) However, What really makes this paint special is the wax that is used to finish it. Clear wax as well as dark wax can be used together to create this awesome finish. BUT we have to keep in mind,.. it’s really only. a decorative finish. It’s not a permanent Top Coat. I once had a client explain to me how her grandchild had dropped butter toast on a table and when she wiped up the mess the finish came up! I thought that seemed absurd, but after mulling it over for a bit I decided it actually seemed completely possible since it’s only wax! There is nothing to permanently seal it right? It’s time to test this out, so I grabbed my econo size butter and I set out!
Testing out the Wax on Paint Finish
Official Before-You can see the glare nicely from the light above. Now do not judge my photography, I was a wee young blogger when I did this! You will notice my amazing little squiggle line that helps you confirm all the photos are of the same spot. 😬 I should tell you as well, this piece had been sitting in my living room for over 7 months. I had complete confidence the wax was fully cured!
I took my finger and smudged some butter right down there and went shopping!
Once I returned I grabbed a napkin and simply wiped it away. No cleaner. Only a clean napkin.
This is what I was left with! Can you see what happened?! Notice the lack of glare where the butter was, even over the lines of my amazing squiggles. The wax literally just reabsorbed into the butter!
Here is another shot from above. I would liken this to the same effect our hands may have on the painted finish. Or of course any food items that contain greases or oils. Its just such an extreme effect for such little effort.
Well then, it completely makes sense but only reiterates my original thought. Wax is gorgeous and furniture! However you need to be careful not to rely on it as the protective topcoat. This just isn’t how it’s best used. In your own journey ask questions,… Do research,… Test and mess some stuff up. That’s how we learn and grow! Hopefully soon I will update you with the now what!
UPDATE: On to the now what! Since then, I have tried SO many products! Personally I am not a fan of the buffing process so, moving away from wax was fine with me! I was often coming across Polyvine in the Forums. I really enjoyed using this! Its a varnish, and is stronger than a typical Polycrylic. Plus Polyvine makes several varieties, one being a “wax Varnish” that is able to be buffed to a sheen! However, my favorite was the Hard wearing Varnish.
Now its actually made for floors but seriously, if its durable enough for floors, AND cures in 16 hours-Im happy! However, my go to retailer ended up closing shop! While you can absolutely purchase it on Amazon here 👉🏽 Buy Polyvine Varnish 👈🏽 I ended up winning a giveaway and falling in love with Wise Owl Varnish.
As I began researching them I found Wise Owl takes pride in truly coming up with the BEST products,.. no matter what the cost. While cost effective for you,… lets just say sometimes it hits the profit margin. BUT what they are left with is a product they KNOW we can trust. Wise Owl Varnish is made using crystal clear acrylic resin. It cant and wont yellow over time! ALSO you get a hard as nails finish!!! I have been blown away by this stuff-so much so that I actually carry it now with their other products,.. I started searching in 2015 for the perfect product-and here I am now in 2017 letting you know what it is.
It comes in both Satin and Matte- though my absolute favorite way to use it is by mixing the two 50/50
Here you can see the sheen! To me its just perfect. Sometimes I will spray this with my Homeright Finish Max. No watering down necessary! Pour and Spray!
But with its self leveling properties, applying with a large brush like my B10 is so easy! Lovely right??
So, if you want an easy to use, no fail, hard as nails, non yellowing, crystal clear method for TRULY protecting your beautiful finish,. Grab you some Wise Owl Clear Varnish
Hope you found this helpful! Always feel free to contact me with questions. I may not know the answer but I am happy to find it with you! Happy painting y’all!
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