You painted and waxed a piece and now you have changed your mind and want to paint another Chalk Paint® color on it. How long should you wait before doing so? Can you do it the same day?
This situation happens to people and know that it is not a problem to paint Chalk Paint® over previously painted and waxed pieces.
The answer is a bit dependent on HOW THICK you applied your wax. I say that because I have felt pieces others have done and the surface actually feels waxy to the touch.
In general – after we remove the residual wax – our pieces feel dry where you can slide your hand across it.
With that said- in general…you should be able to paint over a waxed piece right away. Could be same day. Some painting techniques actually require that when building up layers.
However, it is important to allow the soft wax to cure if your piece feels tacky. The amount of wax you have applied plays into how long you should wait. Annie recommends waiting a week or two. BUT- if you only applied one coat of wax and it felt dry immediately- it should be okay to paint over it sooner. (again- same day)
MINERAL SPIRITS: A quick suggestion if wanting to paint over a waxed surface and you are concerned about the amount of wax. Take some mineral spirits on a rag and wipe the wax off. You should always be able to slide the TOP of your hand across your piece after applying and removing the wax. Use the top of your hand though since it should be clean of wax- versus the palm of your hand or your finger tips – which may have some wax on it from applying it.
IF you applied too much wax – use a little mineral spirits on a rag. I mean a little- it should be slightly damp- NOT dripping wet. Be careful because you do not want this on your dripping on your brand new wood floor too! So- place a drop cloth down f necessary.
Using your rag that is moist with Mineral Spirits- wipe your cabinets in the same direction you painted them from edge to edge. Move across the cabinet and do not aggressively focus on one spot. THE POINT here is to lift some of the wax- NOT all of it.
If you do take too much off- you can practice applying Clear Wax properly and add an additional fresh coat. LOL!
I know this can difficult if you are not a patient person, like me. But you want the base to be solid so the soft wax needs curing time to become hard. (And if you apply your wax super thick- where your pieces feel waxy or your hand cannot “glide” across the surface once you are done applying and removing the wax- the the cure time will take longer.)
****If you follow the waxing instructions that The Purple Painted Lady includes with all sales of wax – the wax will be dry and smooth immediately after removal.
IF YOU ARE INPATIENT AND WANT TO PAINT OVER IT ASAP and the wax is fresh or tacky, then…:
You will want to use a little mineral spirits on a rag. Your rag should be slightly damp- NOT dripping wet. Be careful if doing this inside your home because you do not want Mineral Spirits dripping on your brand new wood floor. (well, you might not have a brand new floor, but you understand what I mean, right?)
So- place a drop cloth down if necessary. Using your rag that is moist with mineral spirits- wipe your piece in the same direction you painted it from edge to edge. Move across the cabinet, dresser, etc and do not aggressively focus on one spot. This process will take about 5 or 10 minutes to do your whole piece. You will need to have a few rags for this. The result you will be left with …..is that your Chalk Paint® will feel like it did prior to waxing. Sort of a flat, matte surface. Use your hand and glide it over the surface. By the feel of it- you should have a good idea- if you removed it all or at least most of it (which is ok too!)
Once done with removing the wax …….¸¸.•*¨¨*• …go ahead and paint with EITHER Chalk Paint® or any other paint product you choose.
DON’T TOUCH UP PAINT AFTER YOU HAVE APPLIED WAX:
Remember also- if you realize you missed a spot while painting after you have finished waxing, if you attempt to “spot fix” this missing paint – in certain light you will see the “correction.” I once did this on top of a dresser. I painted it in Coco and then waxed…like I always do. But then- I saw a spot that needed a “touch up” of paint. So, I did the little touch up after I had finished waxing. The little “touch up’s” I did were so visible- I had to repaint the whole top.
I use the analogy- that a touch up looks like to me- taking photographs and multiple panes of window glass. Imagine a coffee table that has 5 panes of glass on top of it. And you place one photo in each pane in a different area. Then- once done you look down at the glass table top. You know how – visually your eye will pick up on the different depths of those photos? Doing a touch up after waxing, and then re-waxing creates that SAME EFFECT!
A friend of mine named Peggy Elwood asked another question related to fresh wax – “How long do you wait after waxing before selling a piece?”
My response was that on custom jobs I do- I will often wait a couple days before delivering it and furniture is always accompanied with a “Care Tag” explaining the cure time and how to take care of the painted piece going forward. No more Pledge or Endust allowed in the house! LOL! Customers can use their painted piece – but need to be more careful during that first month. I recommend that anything that has substantial weight to it- as in more than 5 pounds, should wait till after the “rule of thumb” 30 day cure time is over. (I personally find in upstate NY that my wax is quite hard sooner than that.) Also, lamps that have metal pointed feet as a base, can possibly leave an indention in the wax- so just be cautious. This can really depend on where in the country you live and the temperatures you are experiencing. A dry climate will allow the wax to cure faster- where a wet climate will cause the paint to take longer to dry and the wax longer to cure.
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