|French Style Chair - Dark Wax Project|
I found an old bristle brush (concerned that I would have to toss if I couldn't clean adequately - something some others have discussed). I dove into the very dark clear wax and started going over the woodwork. It is VERY dark and immediately looks very dirty as shown below.
|Immediately after application of dark wax|
|Detail - crown|
|Finished and ready for upholstering|
1. You really do need to do the first wax coat in clear and do a pretty thorough job. In areas where the first coat may not have totally covered, the effect was more muddied and harder to control.
2. You need a number of clean cloths - I went through almost two T-shirts which work beautifully.
3. You need a lot of clear wax to do the cleaning and adjusting of colors - more than I typically use to do a whole piece in clear alone. This impacts dramatically on your supply of "costly" wax - I am finding a need to purchase another expensive can after doing not that many projects.
Overall, I will do this again. I will only do it on pieces with considerable carving which will be enhanced by the treatment. In areas (like the back of this chair) that are straight, it looks like distressed woodwork but otherwise, in my view, is not that interesting.
Good luck and check out my other ASPC projects.