I lost a bet today. I hate losing bets. Its like shakings someone’s hand too soon after you’ve fought with them… It’s a tough pill to swallow. As much as I love my Katie, losing a bet to her stings worse than any other. Self pity aside, there is a winner in this situation other than her. That’s you the reader. We have done a product experiment/review, which we intend to pass on to you.
Valspar Sealing Wax (as depicted below) is a sealer for chalk paint. The paint lady at Lowe’s was hawking it like it was the coolest thing since sliced bread. It supposedly maintains the matte finish of chalk paint, yet still provides the sealing benefits of more common sealers such as Minwax. I was skeptical to say the least. Regardless, we had some Minwax and thought that we could give something new a try and if it didn’t work, we’d bring it back to Lowe’s and get a refund. At $17 for a pint, I DEFINITELY kept my receipt.
When we got home, we tried it out. Initial results were ok, but I still wasn’t convinced. Since it was a matte finish sealer, you couldn’t tell it was on there once applied to chalk paint. I had just white washed my mom’s farm table and we needed to seal it so we did the legs and underside with the new Valspar Sealing Wax, and opted for the more tried and true Minwax sealer for the eating surface despite its tendency to yellow on white surfaces. After sealing the table, Scooter had also painted some chest of drawers for my mom as well. Again, with a flat paint, and we wanted to maintain the matte finish. Thinking that we should apply Valspar only to the face of the drawers and use Minwax on the top to prevent any errant liquids from penetrating the surface in the future. At this point I decided that we needed to test out how good this sealer really was. AND the above mentioned bet ensued. The loser would have to post a product review (this blog post) advocating for or against this product depending on whoever lost. I thought the board would absorb the water and the sealer wouldn’t work and Scooter thought it would work. She was right, so away I go with my product review.
I pulled out a scrap piece of 2×4 and painted it with flat paint. Scooter then painted it with the Valspar sealer. Once it dried, the test began. I poured some water on the board and walked away. After about 30 to 45 minutes of water being pooled on top of the board I came back. The water was still pooled and it appeared as though no water had penetrated the surface. Whenever I wiped the water off it was immediately dry and had its original sheen, no fading, bleeding, or anything of the like. I was pretty surprised and disappointed because I LOST THE BET.
I guess I can throw away my receipt, because this stuff is cooler than sliced bread despite the price. Buy your own by going to the link below: