Waxing, Dark Waxing, Tinted Waxing, Over Chalk/Clay Paints…
My favorite Antiquing Wax is American Paint Company’s Vintage Dark Antiquing Wax– it’s just like the Clear Waxes I love (both APC and CeCe Caldwell have luscious, all natural clear waxes) – except their Vintage Dark version is tinted. I use it when I want to add a subtle aging effect to my painted finish. It seals and ages all in one step, glides on easy, dries fast, and buffs to a nice sheen.
This was that chest I posted about, painted with APC’s Liberty, the dark wax used directly over the raw paint, here I’m wiping the excess wax off
that’s pretty good control going over a color as fair as Liberty – to me it looks naturally antiqued (you can find a complete post on this piece here)
See the chair to the right? It was painted with CeCe Caldwell Nantucket Spray – it’s a light blueish greenish color, even lighter than APC’s Liberty-
Here it is, sealed with APC’s Vintage Dark Wax –
It definitely changes the color – no longer that light Nantucket Spray, it’s got a natural age to it –
Some tinted waxes are too strong over the absorbent chalk/clay paints and darken the paint color too much, biting in fast and then not moving around easily. Those waxes are better combo’d with a clear barrier wax first.
Liberon Black Bison Wax is a paste wax -, a blend of paraffin, microcrystalline and carnauba, blended together with mineral spirits. It isn’t all green and natural, like the CeCe and American Paint products, but at least its toluene free and is considered non-toxic
The Liberon wax works great over the Caromal Colours paints that we carry, and Ill occasionally use it over our medium to dark color chalk/clay paints when a more intense aged effect is desired.
It’s when I want to ‘dirty’ up the color. It will have a stronger effect than the APC Dark, it dries SUPER fast and polishes up to a really nice sheen.
I used it to seal and age this Cece Caldwell Michigan Pine hutch
I could have aged this with the Cece Dark Aging Cream, its easy enough to control over the dark colors and the Michigan Pine is dark, but it takes a really long time to dry, and I find it doesn’t buff to as nice a sheen as their Clear Wax version.
Instead, using the Liberon Medium Oak Wax, I scrubbed it on quick, wiped the excess off, and by time I was done with the piece it was already drying enough to buff. It polished to this sheen with a simple cotton rag, I can’t imagine what it would have done with the buffing drill brush!
Here is CeCe Caldwell’s Smoky Mountain Gray, one of my favorite colors, combo’d with CeCe’s Simply White on the drawers, all sealed with Topcoat Finish –
A smoky blue gray
This is ALSO CeCe Caldwell Smoky Mountain Gray, crackled with glue over a black base-
I used the Liberon Medium Oak wax to seal it –
Doesn’t look smoky or blue or gray anymore…
I love the color this combo makes – it changes it to almost a earthly, antiqued blue green color… I get asked about it alot at the store…
If you like your finishes to be as perfect as possible, clean and even looking , then you’re probably better off sticking to the easy to use tinted waxes – American Paint ‘s Dark wax is like the clear with tint in it. Or if you only have CeCe Caldwell or APC’s Clear Wax, try tinting your own colored wax – it’s easy to do with powder pigments
. We carry the pigments i
n a variety of colors
in as little as 1 ounce pots (trust me, a little goes a long way), perfect for mixing your own ‘Brown Oxide wax’
I like doing this because it not only allows me choices in my final wax color, but I can also control how weak or strong I want my colored wax to be. I’ll mix up my color waxes tinted enough to be a subtle antiquing over my chalk/clay paint finish. Then when I want to add a punch of depth to detail, or a small piece, I’ll scoop some of that out and add a little more brown oxide pigment – its easy!
But, if you like to go out on a limb once and awhile, and like the look of a richly aged painted finish – then try Liberon. I use 2 colors, the Medium Oak and/or the Walnut – both are medium brown waxes with the oak being a wee bit warmer. They are lovely with colors like Michigan Pine and National Forest, Pittsburgh Gray and Freedrom Road, and even adds a nice warmth to the darkest of our chalk/clay paints- Beckley Coal and Lincoln’s Hat.
I should note, the Liberon we sell comes in a big can – I’d call it pint size. I don’t make as much profit off this one as I do on the other product lines I sell – so I don’t want you to think I’m pushing it to make money – it’s just one more tool that I grab when I need it, and for certain looks, it’s the perfect performer.
Remember though, Liberon wax is NOT ZERO VOC, so if you like the CeCe Caldwell and American Paint lines because of the green and natural factor, then you won’t want to spoil that with a non green wax. Happy Finishing!
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