Who said Monday has to be blue? Let's get our shine on shall we!
Our product line, Faux Effects, offers five different waxes with different sheens and application properties. Most are appropriate for a variety of surfaces and one, Master Finishing Wax, is specific to cabinetry. Before I get into the different waxes, let's go over why you would select a wax in the first place.
Waxes in faux finishing accomplish several things. They offer a translucent to semi-opaque medium for adding a decorative layer to your finish.
(Faux Color mixed with Aquawax and troweled over Brown Sapphire Venetian Gem plaster)
Because of the thickness of wax compared to glaze mediums, wax will hold everything from colorants, mica powders, glitter and beads-often in a trowelable form.
(Aquawax with Silver Glitter over Foil and Lusterstones)
Waxes are an appropriate choice when you want to smooth a finish or fill in voids but still see the layers underneath. For example, Ashley and I completed a Lusterstone project in a loft that was long and narrow. The single natural light source was a large window at the end of the "shoebox" space. If the light was behind you or you stood in front of the finish, the walls appeared smooth. But when you entered the space with only the natural light source, the wall application appeared uneven. Our solution was to trowel a thin coat of O'Villa Wax. This "smoothed" the appearance of the surface but did not change the depth or color of the original Lusterstone technique.
(Combed Softex back filled and smoothed with O'Villa Wax mixed with pearl mica powder.)
Waxes may also be used as the finish medium and do not have to be layered with other products.
(Layers of tinted Aquawax)
Finally, many waxes are a topcoat adding a protective and decorative layer to your finishes in one step.
Waxes are particularly effective in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms or in children's rooms where scrubbing is a priority.
So what are the Faux Effects Wax options?
The first wax is a Silver Label product, Aquawax. This acrylic wax is translucent in nature and may be tinted with a variety of colorants and mica powders. It dries to a shiny sheen therefore it tends to look more contemporary.
(Gold tinted Aquawax over Venetian Gem Plaster and Palette Deco)
It is a good medium for holding glitters but may fog if you are trying to create a build thick enough to hold glass beads.
(Aquawax and silver glitter over a Wallovers Stencil)
It will also fog (white areas) if troweled thickly over a dark surface. Building your finish with thin layers is a better approach. Aquawax dries quickly so multiple layers in a single day are easily accomplished. Because it is thin in nature, it is a nice choice when you don't want to bury your previous layers.
Label product and does have some application nuances. It is best applied by soaking cheesecloth or a terry towel in the wax and spreading on the surface in one direction following the grain. It dries fast and may be extended with So-Slow. MFW should set at least 30 minutes before applying additional coats. It may be hand rubbed or lightly sanded with 600 grit wet paper on the final coat. I like to tint the MFW with a dark color to tone and seal my furniture pieces in one step. Because this is a hand-applied finish I find it to be more practical for furniture then kitchen or bath cabinetry. If a client wants a waxed look for larger scale cabinetry, I mix Satin and Dull Varnish Plus that I may spray or roll.