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Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax Review

A large number of antiquers tend to favor Annie Sloan paste wax, however the price tends to be prohibitive being so expensive. If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, then you should consider Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax. Most reviewers said that that it works really well, although some note that it isn’t ideal for all chalk paint shades.

PROS:

  • Easy to use
  • Dries quickly
  • Cheap
  • Long lasting

CONS:

  • Not always the right shade for all dark furniture
  • Not ideal for all chalk paint
  • Fumes can be dangerous

One reviewer did really well with a teal colored chalk paint night stand and found that a second coat was needed, but the end product was pretty good!

A reviewer says that if you want to add a deep, rich color to a darker wood shade, then this is the right dark finishing paste. However if you use it on a light colored wooden piece of furniture, you will end up with a gorgeous warm color that appears antique.

Minwax Finishing Wax

Ideal for amateur chalk painters, rated best for use by over 170 reviewers.

How to use Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax

First things first, use an open space! The fumes are fairly dangerous, and if you can, use a face mask.

One of the easiest ways to use this wax is to try and use the right wax brush, preferably one with natural bristles. Use a nice thin layer of wax and take simple slow circular strokes on your chosen piece of furniture. The reason to use thin layers is the most common mistake that most amateur furniture waxers make is to use too much wax, especially if a second coat is needed. Keep it light and keep it simple. Read our tips on how to apply paste wax here.

If you are applying a second coat, with Minwax, you are lucky to have a fast drying wax which means you can apply a second coat rather quickly. However, this also has a disadvantage, you would have to get buffing quickly too!

In summary, a great wax to use, especially on reviving old furniture or a wax to be used on chalk painted furniture, but be careful of the fumes and make sure you apply it properly. As with most colored wax products, test a small patch before you start waxing. Read our Complete Guide on Wood finishes here.

Minwax Finishing Wax

Ideal for amateur chalk painters, rated best for use by over 170 reviewers.

Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax Details

Best Deal: Get the 1 lb can, if you do a lot of furniture projects. Get a small can (as it dries quickly!) if it’s for occasional use.

Can be used on: Most wooden furniture, painted furniture, professional and home woodwork projects, many antiques.

Minwax Finishing Wax

Ideal for amateur chalk painters, rated best for use by over 170 reviewers.

Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax Review
If you don’t want to break the bank, but want a good dark finishing paste wax, then give Minwax a go. For a darker finish apply two or more coats, and you will end up with a piece of waxed and finished furniture you will be proud to show off!
9.2 Total Score
Excellent dark finishing wax paste

If you don’t want to break the bank, but want a good dark finishing paste wax, then give Minwax a go. For a darker finish apply two or more coats, and you will end up with a piece of waxed and finished furniture you will be proud to show off!

User Rating: 4.5 (1 votes)
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