Which Top Coat Should I Pick!?!?!
You did your homework and picked out a rockstar paint product, you went above and beyond completing your prep work, you painted that furniture up in the most gorgeous color….now it’s time to protect your work. Wise Owl Chalk Synthesis Paint (like most chalk style paints) is extremely porous. While that is awesome for adhesion purposes because it’s going to stick to most things, it also means most things are gonna stick to it...so you’ve gotta protect it! You’ve got four options with Wise Owl when it comes to clear coating your paint: salve, wax, hemp seed oil, or varnish. Which is best? What sets them apart? Which should you choose? Let’s jump in…
Furniture Salve: Gives a smooth, water resistant finish, that is strong enough to hold up to average wear and tear. Super easy to apply (brush or wipe on, lightly wipe off excess). Contains hemp seed oil, which adds to its durability, but can cause slight yellowing over white paint. Has a million additional uses beyond painted furniture. Comes in seven scents.
Wax: Comes in three options- natural hemp wax, clear wax, and colored wax. The hemp wax is a beeswax base with hemp seed oil which provides additional durability. It has a slight yellow color due to the hemp addition, so it may cause yellowing to white paints. The clear wax is actually our furniture salve formula with no hemp seed oil and no essential oils. It is clear so it will not alter your paint colors, and it is food grade so it is perfect for cutting boards, butcher blocks, and cheese boards. The colored wax has a hemp seed oil base that currently comes in black or black walnut. It can be used as a sealant over an entire piece, or as an accent color to create depth and dimension. It also works great as a stain alternative on raw wood.
Hemp Seed Oil: Comes in a liquid form that is easy to apply and provides a durable, water resistant finish that rivals many polyurethanes. Food safe formula, perfect for cutting boards and butcher blocks. Provides a true matte finish, which is perfect if you love the look of chalk style paint! Can be used to wet sand your paint to a velvety soft finish and goes beautifully over raw or stained wood.
Varnish: Comes in matte and satin options. Is water proof when fully cured, outdoor grade, and incredibly durable. Made with crystal clear resins (as opposed to most top coats that utilize amber resins) so it is chemically incapable of yellowing your paint over time. It is our only water based top coat, but provides an industrial strength finish, suitable for high traffic areas, floors, and cabinets.
Have you tried any of them? Or all four? Do you have a favorite?? In my painting classes, we primarily stick with furniture salve because it is so easy to apply and doesn’t require extended dry time, so students can take their piece home with them at the end of the class. But for my business practices, I varnish every single piece to ensure the highest level of durability possible. (Although, I typically salve as well because its just so amazing and gives a clean, soft look.)
Coming up soon, we will break down each of the four options individually, going over ingredients, application processes, and tips & tricks to getting a perfect finish. Stay tuned!!