Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax Review

By on March 7, 2014

Minwax Special Dark Finishing Paste Review

I started off using the Annie Sloan wax on my chalk painted pieces but at $28 a can, I was hoping I could find a cheaper alternative. I paid $7 for my can of Minxwax dark paste and used it on a recent furniture painting project and the results were almost identical to the other more expensive brands out there. I did notice however, that this dark paste wasn’t quite as dark as Annie Sloan dark paste, so I won’t be giving up my Annie Sloan anytime soon..but it is nice knowing I have a second shade of wax to choose from.

This wax works marvelously on painted pieces where you used black or some other dark color but it also does a really good job on lighter colored pieces where you want to give an aged or antique look.

To use this wax, use a natural bristle brush and with a very thin layer of wax on it, brush in a circular motion all over the furniture piece. Trust me, this stuff goes a long way so you want to keep it very thin or you’ll end up with a goopy mess. Basically if you can see the wax, you’ve used too much.

I find that Minwax dries quite quickly which means your project can be completed sooner, giving you time to tackle even more but I would suggest buffing fairly soon after you apply it. I wouldn’t wait more than 30 minutes.  You can use a hand held electrical buffer like this one for large areas but it works quite well with basic hand-rubbed buffing using a microfiber cloth or even just an old soft t-shirt. Any soft cloth will do.

If you are working on a furniture piece that is only partly painted and part of it is showing bare wood, this dark wax is great to cover those old nicks and scratches in the wood surface. It really seals up the bare wood wonderfully.


What can I say about cleanup? It’s a lot like other products, just a little mineral spirits or even just soap and water will clean it up in no time. I like to hang mine up to dry over night with the brushes down and it’s ready to use the next day.

Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax Specs

  • 1 lb. container
  • Works on furniture, woodwork, antiques, and cabinets
  • Recommended to use just one coat for painted surfaces and two coats for untreated wood
  • Best results when applied with a natural bristle wax brush
  • Dries in 15 – 20 minutes
  • Cleanup with mineral spirits


If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative furniture wax, the Minwax Special Dark Paste Finishing Wax is fantastic. It’s not as dark as the more expensive brands but hey you might like the look. Just remember to buff soon after application and you will have a beautiful end result.

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About Misty Spears

I absolutely love all things DIY, especially when it comes to decorating my own home. I’m a thrift store junkie and my head just explodes with ideas to repurpose old junk into something practical and beautiful when I come across that perfect treasure. I’m a wood furniture rebel and try to paint every surface I can to bring color into my life. My life revolves around my family and enjoying every moment that life serves up to me. You can connect with me on Twitter @diyhomeinterior, Instagram @mistyspears and see my pins on Pinterest for a sneak peak into all the DIY projects I am working on and crazy life happenings.


  1. Jan

    March 8, 2014 at 1:14 am

    This is timely – I have a dark pine dining table and chairs that is getting on a bit. I was looking at giving it a good rub down and once over to bring it back to life. I think this finishing wax may do the trick – shall look if it is available here.

    • Misty Spears

      March 10, 2014 at 12:14 pm

      Jan it does a great job. I actually started a project yesterday that is a lovely wood nightstand that I am painting in chalk paint but I’m leaving the top in wood, and i’m staining it and then will be waxing it with this wax. I put the wax on late last night and it was rather dark in my garage LOL But from what I could see it was great. Good luck in your project!

  2. Bonnie Gean

    March 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    If the day ever comes when I get to do furniture, I will keep this in mind. I’m not very handy around wax (long story), but anything worth trying is worth saving to a bookmark!


    • Misty Spears

      March 10, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Bonnie I feel ya! I’ve honestly never been very handy myself…this is sort of a new found love. You’ll have to relay your wax story to me one day though. It will be our secret. hehe

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