CAN I SEAL WITH POLYURETHANE? OR SOMETHING BESIDES WAX?
It is important to seal most chalk painted surfaces for protection. Any sealer used for paint including wax, polyurethane, poly-acrylic, lacquer, etc. can be used.
They key is understanding your goals and the pros and cons of each kind of sealer.
We recommend wax for nearly every chalk painted project (with the exception of floors and pieces that will be outdoors) for the following reasons:
Wax is more than a protective layer, it enhances the look of your chalk painted piece.
Wax is durable yet it has a professional, soft, smooth (not “plastic”) feel.
BB Frösch Premium Finishing Wax is easy to apply. Unlike products that require multiple steps with lengthy dry times, waxing a typical piece like a dresser can be done, start to finish and fully dried, in about 20 minutes.
Life happens to furniture! It doesn’t matter what the sealer is, if your piece meets up with soccer cleats or spilled nail polish remover, etc. it is going to show! The awesome thing about wax is, when “life” happens, the affected area can be more easily spot repaired without it being glaringly obvious. Polyurethane and the like require a complete re-do.
Wax does not yellow over time.
If using a poly to seal your chalk-painted surface, we recommend using a water-based poly and following the directions on the back of the product you choose. Although application is more time consuming, poly provides a durable finish that can be cleaned with stronger cleaners.