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Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ - When to wax and when to varnish

Posted by Hannah Connellan on

The difference between Waxing and Varnishing.

I get asked this question a lot! There are quite a few differences, I will go through some of the main ones now. People often ask my opinion, my personal preference is waxing, this gives you the most stunning finishes over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

Firstly, let me say, there is no there is no right or wrong. I get that a lot too, “is it wrong to varnish over Annie Sloan Chalk Paint”? It’s certainly not wrong, and there are some instances when varnishing instead of waxing maybe more suitable to your needs. Let me start by telling you a bit about each:

Waxing with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax is fun and extremely versatile. It can be applied as a clear finish, left matte or be buffed to a soft sheen. their You can enhance your piece with coloured waxes, dark, black and white wax, all have their own unique look and can be used to accent carvings or specific details. Unfortunately wax has one major enemy, and that’s heat. You can’t use wax on outdoor pieces as it does/can soften, making your piece susceptible to ingrained dirt/sand and damage. Use on coffee tables and dinner tables tops needs to be considered for the same reason, if you don’t use coasters and pan stands, varnish in this instance may be a better option. Wax can be applied with a brush or a lint free cloth. The clean-up is simple, washing up liquid and warm water for your brush. The wax can also be used to clean and maintain your piece, keeping it clean and more durable. It is also used on fabrics, glass and metal. Another wonderful feature of both Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint Wax is that both are food safe when dry, which means it can be used on platters, cribs and highchairs without a concern for your health as it is safe and non-toxic.

Annie-sloan-clear-waxClear wax can be left matte or buffed to a soft sheen.

Varnishing - At Sparrow and Jack Interiors we stock 2 types of non-VOC water based varnish, both made by Artisan Enhancements, these varnishes complement Annie Sloan Chalk Paint beautifully. Clear Top Coat Sealer is an exterior grade sealer, which as the name suggests, can be used outside as well as in. It dries to a low matte sheen, so not super shiny like many varnishes. It can also be used over wax, so you can varnish over previously waxed pieces, or create an aged look with dark or black wax and then seal it with this varnish. This varnish isn’t recommended for over Pure White as it does have a slightly creamy colour when it dries. We also have Clear Finish, a non-yellowing, interior grade varnish, which dries to a semi-gloss sheen, perfect for creating a very modern flat, more shiny finish, Clear Finish varnish can be used over Pure White. Its easily applied with a flat brush in thin coats, 2 coats are recommended and a warm water wash up for your brush is all you need.

artisan-enhancements-clear-topcoat-sealer.png artisan-enhancements-clear-finish.png Varnish options 

So now you are armed with a little bit more information, have a think about your project and what you want to achieve. If you still feel you would like more information or want to talk to us pop into the store, we are always happy to help! You can find us at 50B Angove St, North Perth, WA. View our full range of products here

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