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NATURAL WOODS AND WAX FINISHES

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Wax can be applied to wood products, that are for interior use only. It was once very popular, in Victorian times and has recently seen a resurgence. It is usually supplied as a liquid or paste and is transparent or coloured. The liquid polish is useful when covering large areas, because it can be applied with a brush. The paste wax is applied with a soft cloth and requires several coats. It is good practice to apply a coat of wax periodically, which helps to refresh the finish.
 
The best quality furniture wax contains bees wax, which has been soften by the addition of turpentine, making it possible to easily apply / spread on a surface.
 
 
 
Ensure the surface is prepared by sanding with a range of abrasive, coarse to fine. A first coat of wax is quickly rubbed into the surface, in a circular fashion. Almost straightaway, use a clean cloth to go over the surface, removing surplus wax. Leave the wax to dry over night and then apply another coat, in the direction of the grain. When dry, polish the surface with another soft cloth. A number of layers can be applied, depending on the surface finish achieved by previous layers.
 
 
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
 

These are a specialist brushes for the application of wax. They are made from natural bristle that spreads out, allowing the fast application of wax. They are also useful when applying wax into corners or along edges.

It is recommended that final polishing is through the use of a soft cloth.

 
 
 
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