Let's talk Fusion Beeswax Finish!
Did you know that Fusion Mineral Paint does not require a top coat of any sort? It has a built in top coat which means it is not necessary to put anything on top of your paint. But, there are some situations where I would suggest a top coat. If I painted a kitchen table, kitchen cabinets or something that may need a little extra protection, I would likely use a top coat such as Fusion's Tough Coat.
On other projects, I like to use a top coat like Fusion's Beeswax Finish. This finish is made from pure beeswax and hemp oil and gives your piece a smooth, soft, satin finish. So, if you prefer a bit of sheen on your pieces, this is the product for you!
Once you apply a coat of the Beeswax Finish, I can pretty much promise that you will be running your hand over your furniture every time you walk past. It's super soft and smooth! If you want an even smoother finish, you can lightly sand your project with a very fine sandpaper before waxing. I know some people who use 400 grit sandpaper on every project.
Meet Hayley! I recently had my friend, Hayley, help me out with some photo shoots.
This photo shoot was a wonderful group effort. My friend, Dawn, painted this little table with Fusion Mineral Paint in the colour Inglenook and then lightly distressed it. We decided to add a bit of a sheen using the Beeswax Finish.
It is important to let your paint dry at least 2 hours before you apply the Beeswax Finish.
I find this wax is easy to work with, but it is not quite as soft as some of the Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint waxes. So, if you prefer to work with a "softer" wax, you can scoop out a little wax onto a microwave safe dish and microwave it for 5 - 15 seconds, depending on how much wax you are using. You don't want to melt it, you just want to soften it so that it is like butter that has been sitting on your countertop for awhile. Don't worry if you accidentally melt the wax and it turns into a liquid! You can leave it for a bit and it will harden again.
The Beeswax Finish is easy to apply with either a brush or a lint free rag. I like to use my Staalmeester Round Sash Brush for waxing. Once I have used wax on a brush, it becomes my dedicated waxing brush and I don't use it for paint anymore.
After you have applied the Beeswax Finish, let it sit for about 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, use a lint free cloth or rag to polish it. We like to use old t-shirts around my shop.
I tend to polish in a circular motion. Once your piece has been polished, it should feel super smooth and dry to the touch. If it feels tacky, you may have applied too much wax and you should continue to buff it until it feels dry. Remember, a little goes a long way!
It is important to polish your piece in a timely manner. One day I was waxing outside and I got sidetracked and the piece sat for several hours in the hot sun. When I went to buff it, the wax was quite hard and no matter how hard I tried, I could not achieve that super soft feeling and it felt tacky in some areas. I lightly sanded those areas and then applied more wax and buffed it again. It worked out fine - but what a waste of time and wax!
It takes about 30 days for the wax to fully cure, so be gentle with your piece until then.
One more tip! Sometimes when you paint with Fusion's dark colours such as Coal Black, you may notice that fingerprints and other scuff marks show. Although it is easy to wipe off those marks, it's super annoying! If you use the Beeswax Finish, you won't have that problem with dark colours.
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