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How To's & Pro Tips
Easy to apply. Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax will not show overlap marks.
Easy to maintain and repair. Any surface damage can be easily touched up. Simply use low odor mineral spirits to remove wax from the damaged area (this won’t strip the paint) and go to work on your repairs. Once you’re satisfied, apply was and you’re done!
If the was wears away in a high-traffic area (flatware drawer front, kitchen table, etc.), it’s a snap to rewax. You may not even have to was as often as you think. For dull surfaces, use a buffing brush to try bringing back some of the shine. If you can’t get the sheen back, then you can proceed to re-wax, but the great part is that you only have to rewax the deteriorated areas, not the whole piece.
Once it has cured, wax is both non-toxic and food safe.
Although wax dries hard, it isn’t as durable or quite as protective as a varnish, so you need be aware that routine maintenance should be expected.
Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax does not touch up easily – you will see overlap marks and where you’ve stopped and started your application. Washing or cleaning dark wax surfaces can potentially wear away some of the wax layer, causing it to look uneven. Because it doesn’t dry as hard as the clear, it may also transfer onto clothing, especially if warmed (for example by rubbing). For these reasons, Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax is not the most practical choice for highly used areas like kitchen tables of cabinets.
Apply Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax with a cloth or brush. Note that you may experience up to 30% waste, as the cloth will absorb some of the wax. This will also make it challenging to determine how much wax the painted piece is absorbing. If you use a cloth, application may be especially difficult around corners and detailed areas.
For clear wax, we recommend using Annie Sloan Wax Brushes, which provide a tremendous amount of versatility and virtually no waste. These brushes are designed to rub the wax onto the surface, eliminating the need to apply strong pressure. IT’s recommended that you work in 1 sq. ft. areas at a time, using the brush to massage wax into the paint. Be careful not to overwork the area, as this will lead to excessive buildup. Clean up with a lint-free cotton towel using gentle swiping motions.
Use a cloth or brush to apply Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax, always over a layer of clear wax. This is a step you can take immediately or after a period of time – the choice is yours and you may find that you prefer one method over the other. Because the clear wax has sealed the surface, application of Annie Sloan Dark Soft Wax is different. You are gliding it over the clear wax, rather than massaging it into the piece.
Annie Sloan Wax Brushes are great for applying both clear and dark waxes.
How should I wash my wax brush? Can I use dish soap or mineral spirits? Or can I just store it in plastic wrap between uses?
Avoid soaking your brushes or using harsh mineral spirits. Instead, try Big Fat Lye™ or Little White Lye™, which are formulated especially for cleaning brushes. They wont damage the bristles or leave residue that can get left behind on your next project. Your brushes are an importance investment, so take care of them and they’ll serve you well!
Finally, do not store your uncleaned brushes in plastic between uses.
Your piece should probably be OK with a single coat of wax, unless you see an uneven sheen. That’s a signal that a second coat is necessary.
Keep in mind that you’ll always apply was in thin coats. If you anticipate a lot of use, apply 3-4 coats in those areas.
You want to allow at least 2 hours between coast so that the wax can cure properly. You’ll want to let each coat soak into the piece for best results.
A 500ml can of clear wax should cover approximately 4 quarts worth of paint. The smaller 100ml can of clear wax will cover less than one quart of paint.
You’ll always want to use clear wax for its beautiful, protective properties. Dark wax is optional, perfect for when you want to bring out the warmth of a piece, or create a patina or antique effect. Use clear wax to seal, and dark only when you want its decorative treatment.
No, but you DO have to remove excess wax after application. Otherwise buffing is optional to enhance the sheen, and is really the same thing as polishing.
You’ll know if you used too much wax if it isn’t immediately dry to the touch. If its tacky, sticky or wet, you’ve used too much.