Re: Wax Protective Finishes


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Posted by bpfink on September 29, 1998 at 07:21:59:

In Reply to: Wax Protective Finishes posted by Marrin T. Fleet on September 29, 1998 at 06:58:47:

A man and recipe to my heart. Only thing I would change would be the turpentine to a more generic (and cheaper) paint thinner that is of the non smell and less tacky type. I love turpentine. Have acres of trees that give it but never really fell in love with it since the smell reminds me of turpentine.

This is a wonderful formula and should be put on save. Thanks for sharing. I use a very similar formula but yours may even be an improvment. Will check it out.

If you pour the melted wax mixture INTO the thinner instead of adding the thinner you will help eliminate any chance of reaching the flash point of the thinner though these temperatures should be less than that to begin with.

I usually mix this up a few days in advance and store so the blend is complete and can be made as thick or thin as needed.

On really large metal sculptures make it as dilute as water and then atomize spray or brush it onto the piece. (Masks needed if atomized or sprayed as with any paints or thinners... a very bad lung mix).

After that a sharp blast of air will help eliminate any pockets of mix so it will not settle into thick areas.

As for buffing... Let dry a day or so and I usually only buff the spots which can be reached and ignore the rest to let mother nature do them. On outdoor pieces the goal is to have a fairly hard wax and not tacky which can become a dirt collector of sorts. Water with mild detergent (or rain) washing can be all that is neede to keep the item restored over time but obviously a repeat may be necessary if the original patina is to be protected. This repeat varies and depends on the outdoor conditions but once a year to 2 or 3 years has proven here to be all that was needed.

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