So you just got done painting your first piece of furniture – woohoo!! Now what? Time for celebration…yes, of course!
But also, if you're looking for a long-lasting finish, you are going to want to protect the newly painted surface. A quick Google search could bring up lots and lots of different ways to do this (and some may even say don’t protect your piece!) …but at the end of the day, if you want your work to last, there are two main ways to protect your newly painted furniture.
Let’s dive into both and talk about when it is appropriate to use each method...
All-Natural Furniture Finishing Wax
Our furniture finishing wax is all-natural and is great for general protection. Use Clear Furniture Wax just to seal the paint or use our dark waxes for an antique paint finish. Both will help protect your newly painted surface and will make dusting/cleaning easier (and who doesn't want that?!).
How natural are our waxes? Well, let’s just say our curious Boxer mix (Zilla) ATE an entire can of the black wax (I turned my back for five minutes!!!) and, besides a few days of dealing with a shiny face, she was completely fine. If anything, I recommend keeping your furniture finishing waxes out of your pet's reach…not because it could harm them, but more because you could waste a whole lot of product if they get ahold of it!
Ok, I digress, back to how Furniture Finishing Wax helps protect the newly painted surface. During application, it will absorb into our chalky finish Furniture Paint and create a barrier against dust and light water rings (ie: setting a can of pop on it). Furniture Finishing Wax is a great option for low-traffic surfaces such as guest bedroom furniture, wall décor, or any other pieces that don’t get a lot of use.
If you are looking for the ultimate protection, Protective Finish is the answer. This crystal clear drying top coat is scratch-resistant and durable enough to use on floors! In fact, I’ve used it on our own (painted) kitchen floor to put it to the test….and with two big dogs, it continues to hold up great over the years.
Protective Finish is most commonly used on high traffic surfaces such as dining room tables and kitchen cabinets (and is a MUST for kitchen cabinets). Application of Protective Finish is like Furniture Paint. Some prefer using the same brush for Furniture Paint (Chalk Supply’s Synthetic Bristle Brush) and Protective Finish, others like to roll on the Protective Finish using a sponge roller. The sponge roller is especially effective when painting large, flat surfaces.
One thing to note, when choosing which way to protect your newly painted piece, choose Protective Finish OR Furniture Finishing Wax – not both. Both require a matte/dull like finish to adhere to, which is why we’ve made them to work with our chalky finish Furniture Paints!
There you have it! Choose your protectant and say hello to a long-lasting finish!
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