Product Spotlight – Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Finish

A question we often get asked at Wood Finishes Direct is ‘What product can be used on interior wood that is both food safe and child safe?’. Although there are a number of products that fit this category, a popular choice is Fiddes Hard Wax Oil, available in both clear and coloured (pigmented) versions.

Made in the UK from a blend of natural oils and waxes, Hard Wax Oil penetrates into the surface of the wood to provide a durable finish that can be used on a wide range of projects including flooring, real wood furniture, kitchen worktops, children’s toys, woodturning pieces, wooden fruit bowls, wooden kitchen utensils and more.

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This product works by penetrating into the grain of the wood to provide a hard durable surface that is resistant to scuffs, scratches and liquid spillages such as tea, coffee, wine, cola and water. It can be quickly and easily applied and is very easy to maintain and repair if it becomes tired looking, worn or damaged, without the need to sand the whole area back to bare wood.

Key Benefits of Fiddes Hard Wax Oil

  • Quick drying (Approximately 4 Hours*)
  • Quick and easy to apply
  • Food and child safe
  • Easy to maintain and repair
  • Water & stain and resistant
  • Ideal for food preperation surfaces
  • Treadfast
  • Excellent coverage

Fiddes Hard Wax Oil is available in a clear matt, satin and semi gloss finish. The matt finish is a popular choice for those looking to retain the natural, flat, non reflective appearance of wood. For a soft sheen, the satin finish is perfect as it provides a slight sheen without being glossy or shiny while the semi-gloss provides a finish that is glossy without being overly reflective like a mirror.

Although the clear versions of this product do not contain any pigment or colouration, they will enhance the natural grain and colour of the wood as well as giving the timber a darker, damp like appearance. A good way to test this is to wipe a piece of the wood after sanding with a damp (not wet) cloth. This will give a good representation of how the wood will look when oiled. Soft woods such as pine can often look fairly colourless and pale when freshly sanded but when oiled, can turn a golden, yellow / orange colour. This can also be tested by using the damp cloth approach after sanding.

For those looking to keep the wood looking natural and as close to the ‘sanded look’ as possible, Fiddes have produced a version of their Hard Wax Oil specifically designed to achieve this called ‘Hard Wax Oil Natural‘. This works well on lighter coloured woods such as pine and oak but may leave a slight white film on darker species of wood.

To stain (colour) and protect the wood, all in one process, there are nine colours in the Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Tints range…

  • American
  • Antique
  • Dark Oak
  • English
  • Medium Oak
  • Onyx
  • Walnut
  • Whiskey
  • White

Tinted Hard Wax Oils provide a coloured translucent finish that enable the grain of the wood to show through the colour. These are popular for use on floors, staircases and furniture to transform the look of one wood type to another.

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Full details of this product including prices, wood preperation tips, application, drying times and more are available on our Hard Wax Oil product pages.

If you are have just completed a project using Fiddes Hard Wax Oil, we always love to hear about and see the end result. Feel free to send in any pictures of the completed project using the email address on our ‘contact us‘ page and if you’re happy for us to use your pictures, we may include them on our site in the future.

*Drying times may vary depending on application, room temperature and humidity.

6 Responses to “Product Spotlight – Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Finish”

  1. Stefan Stojanovic Says:

    Which oil will give wood less ambering – Fiddles Hard Wax oil or Osmo Polyx? The wood on the photos looks great, not too ambery. Wood Osmo Polyx give me the same effect?

  2. Sam Taylor-Casey Says:

    Hello Stefan,

    The Fiddes Hard Wax Oil and the Osmo Polyx Oil are very similar products and so will give a very similar finish. You may want to have a look at the Osmo Polyx Oil Raw or the Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Natural which are design to leave the wood looking as natural as possible but is not necessarily suitable for hardwoods or darker coloured woods. Test areas are vital with which ever you decide to try as the colour of the wood you are applying to will have an effect on the overall finish with the oil. All of the above products are available in sample sizes. please do let me know if you have any further questions – Sam.

  3. S hoffman Says:

    I am a wood turner and would like to try the 2 mentioned hard wax oil finishes. How do I obtain the samples of each mentioned in the article. Thanks

  4. Sam Taylor-Casey Says:

    Hello,
    You can place the order via our website http://www.wood-finishes-direct.com or you can call our freephone number 08007818123 and speak to one of our advisers. Lines are open 7am – 7pm every day or order 24 hours a day on the website. Please do let me know if you have any further questions or if there is anything else I can help with.

    Kind regards Sam.

  5. Knittedape Says:

    I have used the Fiddes satin hard wax on period pine boards but am finding that it scratches easily leaving whitish lines behind. I have followed the application instructions pretty much to the word, any idea where I may have gone wrong?
    Thanks.

  6. Taylor Says:

    Hello,

    A hard wax oil that is easy to mark after it has cured is more often the result of over and occasionally under application. The oil needs to soak into the surface, 90% roughly soaks in and then approximately 10% remains on the surface and dries hard. The wood will only absorb so much oil and how much will depend on the type of wood that you are applying to. If too much oil is applied then more oil sits on the surface of the wood and does not work as effectively as it should.

    To rectify you can wipe over the surface with White Spirit to remove the excess. If the problem is under application then simple apply a thin coat to top up.

    I would be happy to take a look at some photos if you are able to send some to wood@finishes.direct with details of the preparation and application process you used.

    Kind regards Samantha.

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