How To Wax Using Chalk Paint®

July 12, 2015 § 1 Comment

This weekend at the shop I got several queries about how to properly wax using Annie Sloan’s soft wax. I thought it might be a good idea to repost this tutorial from my old blog.

Brush & Pail

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.


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…

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§ One Response to How To Wax Using Chalk Paint®

  • Fauna says:

    I sent a detailed mess I made and understand now, I think, that I over waxed but now what do I do? The waxing took at least half the paint (I am the one that took on a 12×12 bedroom on thin plank style walls). I am praying that I don’t have a nightmare ahead to fix it. Thanks.


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