Monday, July 7, 2014
Back To Home and Back To Wax
I was so happy to hear from so many of you while I was gone. I love seeing all those messages in my inbox! Your encouragement and support for Locksley Lane has been so much fun. I was amazed at all of the paint questions and the requests for more healthy recipes!
So let's try to figure out what is going on with all of those questions I received about Annie Sloan's Clear Wax. The questions are clearly falling into two categories; am I using too much and why is it streaking?
First of all, you don't need a lot of wax. You can use a brush or you can use a lint free rag. After you rub your wax in, you should not be able to drag your finger across the wax and see a finger mark. It should be slightly damp. That's it. Whichever method you prefer you should be pushing your wax into the paint and finishing it just like you do with paint - in one fluid motion from left to right or top to bottom. Try not to make circles with your wax as you will really notice this once it dries.
Don't over rub your wax. Put it on, rub it in and then leave it alone. Come back and buff it out with either 0000 steel wool or a soft rag after about 24 hours.
I think there are a lot of perfectionists out there looking for the "perfect" finish. If you want a perfect glossy finish, use a poly. There is no shame in that! If you want a truly vintage finish, then use wax. It's less shiny and gives a nice hard durable finish to your piece. This is a finished piece below. You can still see streaks but the wax is even and smooth as glass to the touch.
Hope this helps. If not, email me and we can figure it out.
Great being back!