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Beeswax Polish


We sell beeswax polish and will vary the mix to suit the job in hand, we also sell the beeswax if you want to make your own.click here

The author accepts no responsibility for any damage to property or person in any form whatsoever and you follow this recipe for beeswax polish entirely at your own risk.

NEVER melt beeswax over an open flame or hot plate. If you want to heat it do it by putting the container in another saucepan of water. Should it catch fire treat it like a chip pan and have a wet cloth around to put over it. Wax and turpentine burn worse than any chip pan fire. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!

Turpentine was something we never worried about before but now it carries a warning label that reads: HARMFUL FLAMMABLE Harmful by inhalation, in contact with the skin and if swallowed. Keep away from children. Wear suitable protective clothing and gloves. If swallowed, seek medical advice immediately and show the container and label.

Beeswax polish is made by putting equal amounts of beeswax and turpentine in a container, with a lid to stop evaporation, and leaving it in a warm area where the wax will dissolve into the turpentine. It may take a few days to do this and can be speeded up by melting the wax in a metal container (perhaps a smaller saucepan) as described above and then moving it well away from the heat source and pouring in the turpentine and stirring. Pour it into the final container or tins and leave it to cool and set.

A good container is a wide jam jar but any container will do so long as you can enclose it with a lid or the turpentine will evaporate. Its better to use a little more turpentine than wax because you can always leave it open for a few hours to reduce the turpentine. Only use real turpentine and not turpentine substitute.

Apply the wax to the wood with a cloth or soft brush. Leave for about 20 minutes for the turpentine to evaporate off and for the mixture to penetrate the wood and then polish with a soft cloth. When starting with unpolished wood apply a few coats of "Sanding Sealer" from your DIY shop as per the instructions and then a reasonable amount of polish the first time and then give it a good, hard polish every day for about a week. After that applying polish every few months will be enough. When the wood is already polished apply the wax polish sparingly i.e. only use a small amount of wax polish.

You do not have to use carnauba wax to make good polish.

Alternatively, you could just buy my polish and save yourself all the hassle!

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