The waxes made by ASCP are meant as finishers to your overall Chalk Paint look. You’ve done the painting & sanding and now are the final, but necessary touches.
If you do not use the clear wax, your piece will feel like chalk and have a matte finish. It also will show ring marks, spots – in my experience. So, the purpose of the clear wax is two fold. To make your piece smooth and satin-like and to protect it.
What to use.
You can either use a wax brush or a rag…or your DH’s old t-shirt, which is what sometimes use! You can also use your wax brush. This works well on your flat, large surfaces, but I find that for drawers and smaller legs it is harder to handle. Note: when working with darker colors I tend to use my wax brush. Even if you are using a lint-free rag I find that you can still see particles. You will not see these if you use a wax brush.
How to clear wax.
If you are using a rag, scoop a good clump into your rag and apply liberally. As you go you want to press the wax into the surface. A back and forth motion is best as you will see the current of the wax on a flat surface. If there is excess wax you want to buff it – meaning go back and really press the wax in and wipe off as you go. Do not by shy on this step. Your color will deepen and in the areas where you miss you will see the color lighter. Go back and cover these spots with your wax.
Before it is dry, go back for one more buff. Take a dry rag and sweep your surface in a back and forth motion really taking care to smooth out any spots.
Be sure to let your piece set up and dry sufficiently. I actually like to leave it along at this stage for a day or maybe two. Certainly do not put anything on your piece until it is completely dry.