Chalk Paint™ – Caring for Your Finish

Caring for Your Finish – FAQs

How long will it take for my finish to cure?

After you have applied Annie Sloan Soft Wax, you’ll find that it will become dry to the touch very quickly.  At this stage, it is still what you might call “soft.”  It will start to harden as the solvents in the wax evaporate.  This hardening process is known as “curing.”  Curing can take between 5 and 21 days.  Finishes prefer warm, dry conditions during the curing process; high humidity, cold temperatures, and application thickness can extend drying and curing time substantially.

Of course, you can use your newly finished piece straight away, but you may need to treat it with extra care until the wax has cured completely.

Annie Sloan Soft Wax is food safe when completely cured.

How do I care for my painted furniture?

Furniture finished with Chalk Paint™ and Annie Sloan Soft Wax stands up well to everyday wear and tear.  

Allow your new finish to cure before placing any items that may scratch the surface.  Avoid excessive water.  Use coasters under water glasses and placemats on dining tables.  Clean with a soft cloth and avoid all liquid furniture polishes.  To clean marks or stains, use a slightly damp cloth or chamois with a bit of mild soap.  Avoid extreme temperatures or humidity.  Waxes dissolve in alcohol, so using wax on bars is not advisable.

Can I apply another clear protective finish over Soft Wax?

Once Annie Sloan Soft Wax is applied, no other protective finish can be applied to your project.  Attempting to add another coating – such as Annie Sloan Lacquer or another varnish or even polyurethane – over a wax finish is futile.



What is Chalk Paint™?

Before You Start Painting

Painting a Variety of Surfaces

Finishing Your Project

Caring for Your Finish