Wax vs Lacquer on Kitchen Cabinets?

Wise Words from Annie Sloan herself! What is the best product to use to seal cabinetry that has been painted with Chalk Paint®?   Annie Sloan responded, “although lacquer seems like it will protect and you can scrub it clean, once it breaks, that’s it! Whereas wax can be cleaned and rewaxed if necessary and lasts many, many years!”

Personally- The Purple Painted Lady loves Annie’s Clear Wax over her Chalk Paint®. I find the wax to be very forgiving.  I keep my tin under the kitchen sink.  Do you need to wax every three months or year?  TOTALLY NOT TRUE!  But if a little person decided to take a crayon to my cabinets, or the black rubber bumper from my vacuum left a scuff – a little Clear Wax on a rag rubbed over will remove it all.  So, I would recommend three coats of Clear Wax total on the fronts of the cabinet doors you use the most.  Two coats on the doors you use the least, and two coats on the back of the doors. It goes on quickly, you wipe away the excess. There is no long wait time to let it dry. You can use a bleach wipe on them to clean up dirt and messes.

The highest end craftsman made cabinetry have a hand rubbed wax finish.  Trust the wax!

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