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wax on, wax off...

If you've applied a Venetian Plaster as a decorative finish to an interior wall, then there is nothing quite like finishing this beautiful product with a traditional wax. Wax draws out the colours and textures of the plaster, but also seals and protects the delicate surface.

Once you apply wax on to a surface you will never want to paint that surface ever, ever again ... removing wax is not a lot of fun, especially on multiple broad walls!

I had a phone call from a painter who had been asked to paint a home in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs where every wall had been coated with plaster and wax. He wanted to know if paint, or wallpaper would stick to the wax? The simple answer wasn't yes or no, but run! Run as hard and as fast and as far as you can, mate! 'Cos nothing sticks to wax, and the only way to repaint is to strip the surface.

So, if you ever have to remove wax without damaging the finish beneath, here are five simple steps:

  1. Find someone you don't like to do the work.

  2. Get them to open all the windows, throw down a drop sheet to protect the floor and put on some gloves.

  3. Then, tell your volunteer to dip some steel wool into a container of turps and with a firm circular motion work their away across the wall, stripping the wax.

  4. Once ALL the wax is removed, an orbital sander with a 120 grit paper is used to sand and prepare the surface .

  5. Finally, the wall is dusted-down, primed and a suitable top coat is then applied.

I hope that helps and please email if you have any questions.


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