Flexner on Finishing: The Facts on Wax

Although a poor finish when used alone, wax excels as a polish.
By Bob Flexner
Pages: 100-101

From the February 2004 issue #139
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Wax has been used for centuries as a finish and polish on furniture and other wooden objects, but it is still a very misunderstood material.

Wax is derived from all three classes of natural materials – animal, vegetable and mineral – and some waxes are made synthetically. The practical difference in these waxes is hardness, which corresponds to their melting points: the higher the melting point, the harder the wax. For example, carnauba (pronounced “car-NOO-ba”) wax has a higher melting point (about 180° F) and is harder than beeswax (150° F), which has a higher melting point and is harder than paraffin wax (130° F).

From the February 2004 issue #139
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