Do I have to Wax?
Yes. And no.
All furniture and cabinets should be sealed for protection after chalk painting. If not, water, distressing, oils, and dirt could damage the surface. We recommend sealing with BB Frösch Premium Finishing Wax, Though any paint sealer will work with chalk paint (polyurethane, polyacrylic, lacquer, etc.), we recommend wax for nearly every chalk painted project (*with the exception of projects listed below) 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 spot repaired without it being glaringly obvious. Polyurethane and the like require a complete re-do.
Wax does not yellow over time.
We recommend wax to seal any fabric furniture that has been chalk painted.
*We recommend poly instead of wax for floors, outdoor furniture and tile.
*We typically do not seal painted rugs, painted pillow covers, and painted curtains. Wax is not typically necessary for craft and home decor project, though it can be used to enhance the look and feel.