Monday, October 29, 2012

Help!.. Aging Wax Disaster

I love CeCe Calwell's Paint and products.  I love the fact that they are 100% Green with NO VOC's and are non-toxic.  They are compatible with someone that is a beginner and perfect for a more experienced painter. 
After all we are "Paint Made Easy".

With one exception...our Aging Wax.

This product seems to get the most questions and the one product that seems to be the most challenging for our customers.
I am going to try to remove the mystery today.
When you first purchase a can of CeCe Caldwell's Aging Wax
(new name: Aging Cream) it will look like this.
STOP! right here....this needs to be THOROUGHLY stirred! 
It SHOULD look like this!
So you do I make it look like that! 
Grab a bowl and rubber spatula
Since our wax is non-toxic, it could be one from your kitchen, but I would recommend an old cool-whip bowl or something similar that you can pitch out when you are done, in case you don't want to clean it!
If not, simply clean with Dawn dish soap and hot water.
Remove ALL wax from the can!
You can really see the settling (oils and wax on the left, pigment on the right) and why you need to stir this before using it.

Since our products are ALL natural, the ingredients separate (like oil and water) when they are dispensed into the can.
Pigment settles to the bottom and the oil/wax moves to the top.
REMINDER- remove ALL contents from the can!
Start stirring!
 Keep stirring!
It should look like fudge brownie mix and
have the consistency of an uncooked cake mix.

Now, scoop it back into the original can.  This is the last time you will have to do this.

CORRECTLY applying aging wax (new name: Aging Cream)

These instructions are coming directly from our distributor.  I have seen the process in action and it is by far the best I have seen and plan to switch to this process myself.  I know I have given some of you different directions, which have worked, but this process is MUCH better and dries very quickly!
I would recommend switching to this method.

Grab a piece of cardboard.  Remove about 1-2 Tablespoons (or however much you think you will need for your project) and smear it out on the cardboard.
Let this sit and move on to the next steps (see below).
  1. Apply clear wax FIRST,  to your entire project
  2. Buff away any excess clear wax with a clean soft cloth
  3. Let the clear wax dry completely....should take approx. 30 min if you have properly removed any excess wax and it's not overly humid
  4. Now BUFF the clear wax to a soft gloss using a clean soft cloth, buffing brush, electric buffer, etc.
  5. While you were doing steps 1-4, the cardboard was removing any excess oils in the aging wax (new name: aging cream).  You can see this in the picture above.  Because our wax is ALL natural, it does not have any petroleum which is what dries others waxes so quickly.  This step will help IMMENSELY in the drying process.
  6. Now apply your aging wax (new name: aging cream) with a brush or rag.
  7. Let the wax sit for a bit and then buff away any excess.
  8. Let it dry.  I prefer overnight, but at least for a couple of hours
  9. Then buff again to a soft gloss with a clean soft cloth
  10. You are now finished!
I hope you found this to be helpful.  If you should have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.  I will be happy to help anyway I can.

Here's a sneak peek at our new labels.  I L-O-V-E them!  Don't you?

Ciao for now!  Kellie


  1. Thanks so much for posting this tutorial!

  2. Ha! Ha! Ha!

    I simply had to read this article, as most titles would read 'How to apply ANTI-aging cream! Hee! Hee!

    Seriously though, a great tutorial.


    1. Judi! Thanks for the laugh! So true! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Oh how I wish i had found your blog yesterday. I was having some serious grease problems with the aging wax on my wardrobe. It looks really good but still greasy in parts and when I try to buff it with a soft cloth most of the brown comes off. Would you advise me to wait another day for it to set or should I just buff it and/or start over? Thank you so much for the information.

    1. Sorry for the delay in response. I would suggest buffing off as much as you can. Wait a few days for that to dry down. Buff again. If you want it darker, follow the steps above, add more wax, let dry and then buff again. Hope this helps. If you have any additional questions, please let me know!

      Good Luck

  4. Do you have to apply the clear wax before you apply the aging cream? If you don't what happens?


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