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Which wax product offers the clearest finish?

If you are looking for a clear finish and do not need extra durability, we can recommend two types of wax polish depending on the project you are working on: Fiddes Supreme Wax Polish in 'light clear' and Manns Classic Beeswax Polish.

What is the advantage of a wax?

A wax finish has a unique look and feel to other finishes and can make a piece of furniture or other wood look and feel like it's worth much more. It can be re-waxed as many times as you like and buffed until the required sheen level is obtained or indeed left un-buffed if a more natural low sheen look is preferred.

Do I need to strip off old wax coatings before applying a fresh wax?

This depends on the project and desired look. If looking to restore an old piece of furniture to make it look like new, removing old, dirty layers of wax with a Wax and Polish Remover is the best approach. If looking to retain the patina and natural character of a piece of wooden furniture, applying a fresh coat of wax will retain the character whilst restoring the look and feel of dry, worn, scuffed or scratched areas.

Can I age or add character to Pine furniture with a wood wax?

There are a wide range of coloured or pigmented waxes that can be used to change the appearance or add character to new and old wooden furniture. Waxes such as Fiddes Supreme Wax Polish and Jacpol Furniture Wax can be applied directly on to bare wood or previously waxed interior furniture.

Can wax be applied over varnish?

Yes. Wax can be applied over almost any other wood finish including stain, oil, varnish and paint. Although we do always recommend a test area to ensure that you are happy with the result.

What if a wax isn't durable enough and I want a clear finish?

A great alternative to clear waxes are a group of products that fall in to the 'hard wax oil' category. These products are made from a blend of waxes, oils, resins and solvents to produce a product that is extremely tough and durable, perfect for high wear areas such as wooden doors, floors and furniture. Examples of clear hard wax oils include Fiddes Hard Wax Oil and Osmo Polyx Oil. The main difference between waxes and a hard wax oils is that the oils penetrate in to the surface of the wood grain giving a slightly, almost damp like appearance to the wood. Hard wax oils also enhance and draw out the natural colour of the grain more than a wax. Another alternative is clear varnishes.

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