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Top coat finish and protection of furniture painted with chalk paint


The choice of the final coat finish when we work with different chalk paint techniques, is of great importance, because it affects the appearance, strength, protection and duration of our technique (decoupage, patina, crakele, etc) on the surface we applied it. It is good for DIYers and professionals to know in depth the material they will use for finishing-protection.

In this article we will present and analyze the characteristics and advantages-disadvantages of Borma Wachs materials proposed for protection and finishing over the Shabby Provenzale.

If you would like a surface with excellent durability, use the eco-friendly waterbased varnishes Natura MobilackNatura Parkettlack and if you have an exterior surface you can use the product Natura Exterior Wood Lack 2K, special varnish of high durability. Examples of such surfaces are chairs, tables, kitchen countertops, kitchen furniture,garden furniture and generally any wooden surface that has frequent use and can be easily damaged. Borma Wachs varnishes are easy to use and  available in various levels of gloss (Mat, Satin, Gloss).

By using the waxes such as Holzwachs and Decorwachs on top of the chalk paint, not only you seal and protect the surface, but also you give velvet, very soft and pleasant perfummed surface with a beautiful, natural gloss. While you can easily achieve various effects such as patina. However, we believe that although wax is easier to use in comparison with varnish, finally the use of varnish as top coat, for the chalk paint, offers higher levels of protection and durability.

In order to compensate the above-mentioned drawback of wax, Borma Wachs carefully studied and produces the product Hardwax Oil 7030. A product that is natural transparent wax reinforced with modified oil resins. Using this material on top of the chalk paint as final coating, you give to the surface velvet effect, such as wax, while providing greater protection, durability and waterproofing.

Finally, if you just want to seal or even reduce the absorbency of the surface (eg if you want to apply colored wax), use the product Wood Sealer, transparent insulator.

The materials we recommend for protection and finishing over the Shabby Chalk color are as follows:

Wood Sealer

Special waterborne base coat insulator for the preliminary treatment of all wood in exterior especially formulated for exotic woods. The special formula allows a good adhesion on difficult fatty woods like the exotic ones, improving the subsequent treatments. Ready for use. Keep from freezing.

Dilution: Water.

Yield: 15 – 25 m2/Lt.

With UV filters.

Beeswax In Paste Form – Holzwachs

Containing pure bee’s and carnauba wax, nourishes, regenerates, protects and polishes all types of wood. For indoor use. Particularly recommended for valuable and antique furniture.

Yield: 70 m2/Lt

Usage: Interior

Color Chart:


Beeswax and carnauba wax, special for Shabby vintage effects. Colored with natural pigments, it gives to treated surfaces intense coloration and patinas. It’s active natural substance nourishes /protects wood giving an antique/decape effect to treated furniture.

Hardwax Oil 7030

Hard-wax rebuffable oil, for treatment and finishing of raw or oiled surfaces. Of high superficial resistance easily allows to obtain wonderful patina effects, as considerably smooth finishes.

Ready to use

Yield: 10 – 12 m²/Lt

Usage: Interior

Naturaqua Mobilack

Waterbased polyurethane-acrylic varnish for interior wood treatment, especially formulated for furniture. To be used as base and top coat on any kind of raw wood.

Temperature: + 5-C / + 30-C 

Yield: 8 – 12 m²/lt

Usage: Interior

Naturaqua Parkettlack

Waterbased varnish, for the treatment of interiors wooden parquet floors. Ready for use as a single component product, it can be activated adding Borma Catalyst 4100-2K for waterbased varnishes, in ratio 10 : 1. Respects environment and the workers’ health, being waterbased and practically VOC free. Special viscosity and workability.

Yield: 8 – 12 m²/Lt

Temperature: + 5°C / + 30°C