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THE BEST FINISHING WAX!

Soul Decor Finishing wax is made here in NZ using beeswax, carnauba wax and non-toxic mineral oil.

Always apply clear wax before you use dark wax on your project. This prevents the dark wax from penetrating and staining the paint.

Chalk paint is very porous paint. It will quickly absorb the wax you apply so to prevent a colour change on your furniture, apply clear wax first.

Soul Decor Clear Wax can work as an eraser as long as you have applied it prior to dark wax, if you have areas that you applied dark wax to and want to remove it, rub some clear wax into it and it will remove the dark wax.

If you have started with dark wax before applying a coat of clear wax, the only way to get rid of the stain is to sand it back down and start again.

When wiping away excess wax be careful not to wipe the area over and over as it cause an uneven finish.

If you wipe with the grain of the wood it will provide a really clean finish.

Wax must be done in thin and even coats. You are better to do lots of thin coats rather than one thick coat.

What you will need

Clear wax

Dark wax (optional}

A Wax brush or a lint-free cloth (this comes down to preference) a wax brush is better for getting into groves and corners.

Lint-free cloth to remove excess wax.

Application

Allow the paint to dry completely before applying the wax. Make sure your surface is totally clean from any dust or particles.

You can complete the sanding and distressing process prior to waxing, or wait until after the first coat of wax to start sanding. There is no right or wrong process with the sanding it just comes down to personal preference.

Step 1

Scoop out a small amount of wax and place it onto a paper plate or something similar. Spread it out on the plate to make it easier to pick up with the wax brush.

Dip your wax brush very lightly into the clear wax, do not saturate your brush with wax. You only want the very tip of your brush to be covered in wax, over-saturation may cause issues with your project.

Use a gentle sweeping motion making sure you wipe away any excess wax as you go with a clean lint-free cloth. When your cloth becomes saturated in wax, replace it so that it will continue to absorb the excess wax.

When wiping away excess wax be careful not to wipe the area over and over as it causes an uneven finish.

Allow the wax to dry ( 1-2 hours) then gently give it a light sand and wipe away any dust with a lint-free cloth.

Step 2

Repeat step 1. Remember to always wipe away any excess wax as you go.

When you have finished waxing, leave your piece in an undisturbed place for at least 6-8  hours so that the curing process can begin.

The curing process is typically between 10  and 21 days. You can still use your piece just be gentle until the wax has had time to cure.

Your piece will dry to a soft matte finish. To achieve a gloss finish you gently buff the surface with a lint-free cloth, the more you buff the shiner it will become.