WARNING: Wax is inflammable and must not be melted over direct heat, so when melting
wax it is always necessary to use a double saucepan or tin/basin in a saucepan of
water. Never overheat wax. For mixing, remove from heat.
Application: Ensure wood surface is clean. Apply polish sparingly with a clean dry
cloth to small areas at a time. Buff with clean cloth between applications.
Paste Polish: is a simple blend of wax with a suitable solvent. The traditional solvent
is pure turpentine. This can be replaced by turps substitute or white spirit if cost
is a factor. A half and half mixture gives the best of both worlds.
Melt 4oz. of beeswax in a double pan to no more than 70C /160F. Pour ½ pint of warmed
solvent into wax and stir thoroughly. Pour into prepared containers. Leave to set
before adding lids. The addition of Carnauba wax (obtainable from bee equipment suppliers)
will eliminate any tackiness and reduce the amount of "elbow grease" required when
Ingredients are ½oz. carnauba wax, 4½oz. beeswax, and 1-pint solvent. Method as before.
Vary amount of solvent to achieve preferred consistency.
Emulsion Polish: An emulsion is a mixture of two liquids (wax phase and water phase)
that don’t normally mix. Emulsions clean and polish in one operation and are easy
Wax phase: Melt 4½oz. of beeswax in double pan and then add 1 pint of solvent. Raise
temperature to about 80C/180F.
Water phase: In pan with pouring lip dissolve ½oz. of soap flakes by pouring 1 pint
of hot water over. Adjust temperature to 80C/180F.
Remove from heat. Begin to stir wax phase . Use a hand-whisk gently at slow speed
using only one paddle. Very slowly pour water phase into wax. Continue stirring for
several minutes after a good emulsion forms. Using a funnel pour into warmed bottles