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DO I NEED TO USE DARK WAX?
Okay- I am guessing you are reading this post because you want to use dark wax. However, do you need to use the dark wax? Of course not! That is like saying you MUST have ketchup with your fries or sugar in your tea. But, if you do use dark wax…..you REALLY want to have a clear wax base BEFORE applied prior to the dark wax since it:
1. Allows the dark wax to move easier
2. Prevents the stain in the dark wax from penetrating and staining the paint directly
3. Having a clear wax base allows you to remove the dark wax on top or lighten it, if needed. (read on for more information)
DARK HAIRED PETITE WAX BRUSH DETAILS:
As for the dark bristles, no more will you accidentally pick up the wrong brush to apply your dark wax with! Same texture of bristle, same quality – just dark hairs! Same size as the white hair petite brush that we have carried for the last 5 years!
Some TIPS for applying DARK WAX:
1. I always recommend having a clear wax application on your piece prior (there are some exceptions)
2. Try mixing the dark with clear wax together to lighten it up and make it more”spreadable.”
3. Try making the dark wax into a “glaze” by adding some Mineral Spirits. The amount of MS depends on the end result you want, but do not mix more than one to one.
4. As long as that clear wax base is there- if you put on too much dark wax- use some clear wax on a rag to work like an eraser.
5. Remember, once you have dark wax on…..if you apply more clear wax on top of it- it can lift some of the stain and change or RUIN what you just created and love.
6. Don’t leave the dark wax gummy or tacky on the flat surfaces since it will take FOREVER to set and cure. It is OK to leave it thicker in the crevices of grooves!
7. Experiment with it! You do not need to slather it every where initially.
8. Try applying a little dark wax strategically in corners or seams of door panels and use a rag to help soften/feather out the look. It can take some experience to manipulate on large pieces- like the side of a tall hutch – so, start off small and build your confidence.
9. Dark wax looks best when it has something to grip to. Especially on large, flat surfaces it can be intimidating like I mentioned above. So, at the very beginning of your project- use your paint brush and create a little texture with your Chalk Paint® – so when it dries, the dark wax has something to grip to.
10. Here is another great tip from Jaclyn Kulfan => My tip: if you only want the dark wax to to go into the small crevices, like the edges of a cabinet door, use a small artists paint brush to control the amount of wax that goes in the crevice if you do not want to darken the surrounding paint color. It helps those edges pop!
11. Here is another great tip from Jennifer Gipson Fry=> I love mixing with mineral spirits. Also buffing with steel wool will take some off if there’s too much and shine your piece up well. I love how smooth and finished wax makes a piece!
12. Here is another great tip from Jennifer Cohn-Colwill =>Always have two wax brushes, one for clear, one for dark!
13. Here is another great tip from Ann Linhorst => Have patience with dark wax. Step back and take a deep breath before panicking. (The Purple Painted Lady recommends a glass of wine prior to using too)
15. Here is another great tip from Nancy Steward => Have a wiping rag ready. If you aren’t sure how much “dark” you want wipe on the dark and wipe off. You can always add more but being ready to remove will give you a feel for how much you want.
Read more about using dark wax HERE.
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