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.
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.
Most waxes are compatible with each other so if you want to change the appearance of a piece of furniture or other wooden surface, applying a darker wax over a clear wax or lighter coloured wax shouldn't be a problem. If applying a dark wax over a lighter colour, it's worth remembering that the lighter colour may still have an influence on the end colour. For this reason we always recommend doing a test area before starting any project. If the old wax needs to be removed, we recommend using a wax and polish remover to remove the old wax.
When removing old coats of wax or polish with a wax and polish remover, or by sanding, we recommend that surfaces are wiped over with a damp cloth when finished. Where the water soaks in to and darkens the wood, it's fairly safe to assume that the wax and polish has been adequately removed. If there are areas where the water does not penetrate and beads on the surface, then further stripping is required. Repeat this process untill all traces of wax and polish have been removed. This process is less important if a fresh coat of wax, polish or an oil based product is being appllied to finish the wood. It is however critical if a water-based product such as a paint or varnish is being applied. Any wax or polish that remains in the wood is likely to affect the adhesion and life of any water-based top-coat.
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.