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Last month I tested out Krylon’s Chalky Finish Spray Paint and blogged about my experience with it here. Much to my surprise, a lot of people liked that post (yay!), and wanted to know all about the product. Because of that, I figured that people might also want to know about Krylon’s Wax Coating Spray for Chalky Finish Paint as a sealer for their chalky finish paint projects. So once again, I bought a can with my own dinero (this is not a sponsored post!), and got to work testing it out! I’m excited to share my thoughts about it with you!
For those of you who may not be overly familiar with chalky finish paint, wax is a commonly used sealant or topcoat on pieces that have been painted with chalky finish paint. It’s popular because it seeps into the paint to form a protective finish and produces a really beautiful and subtle sheen on the surface.
Wax typically comes in a tub (like this – my usual brand of wax) and is applied with a special wax brush (like this), or sometimes a lint-free rag (though that usually results in an uneven application). It dries to a haze and then must be buffed to get a beautiful shine.
To me, wax doesn’t seem like something that can be sprayed. Because of that, I decided to test out this stuff on a dud of a project (a painted thrift store tray), in case it wasn’t going to work. It definitely did work and here are my thoughts!
The wax I usually use STINKS. I’m talking “plug your nose because it smells like you doused your house in gasoline” stinks. And that odor sticks around for a couple of days. (Some other brands of wax like this have virtually no odor.)
Conversely, this spray wax did not smell nearly as bad. While it DID have an odor, the smell dissipated after a couple of hours as opposed to a couple of days.
The bottom line is you will still need a well-ventilated area if you’re going to use spray wax.
Spray wax could not be easier to apply. It comes out of the can so smoothly and evenly. A bonus of application of spray wax is that you do not need to purchase another supply – the wax brush.
I don’t think that applying wax by brush takes an extraordinarily long amount of time. That being said, spray wax may take slightly less time to apply. (But any time saved may be negated during the buffing process – see below.)
Like regular wax, spray wax does have a slight sheen. To me it didn’t seem as rich and velvety as the sheen that’s produced by brush-on wax, but it does give a nice look that’s not achieved with poly products.
All waxes, once dried to a haze, must be buffed to produce a sheen. To me it seemed that buffing spray wax was much more difficult than regular wax. The finish felt stickier than regular wax (once dried), and it took a lot more buffing to remove the excess wax. This could be a huge pain on a larger piece that’s been sprayed.
Although the spray wax appeared yellow on parts of the white paint to which I’d applied it, once buffed there was no visible discoloration of the finish. In this photo you can sort of see the yellow I’m talking about (prior to buffing). My experience with regular wax is the same.
Wax is never the best finishing choice for pieces that will be getting a lot of use – like a table top. With that being said, spray wax seems to be as durable as regular wax. I tried scratching some of the sealed finish off, and it withstood my attempts.
The Bottom Line
So here’s where I ultimately come out on this product – you can take it or leave it.
If you’re not regularly using chalky finish paint and don’t want to invest in a wax brush, spray wax is probably perfect for you. You will be able to get several projects sealed with one can (depending on the size of the projects, of course), and likely be happy with the finished product.
If you’re a chalky finish paint fanatic like me, you’re probably better off using your regular wax. Since you already have the wax brush and maybe even a drill buffer, the cost will be less to continue using your wax and you will get the gorgeous finish you’re accustomed to – even if you’ve painted the piece with the Krylon Chalky Finish Spray Paint.
Have you tried Krylon’s Spray Wax Coating? What do you think of it? Let me know – I love to hear from you!