Waxing has become something of a task surrounded by a plethora of myths and DIY shortcuts. You can read through a list of different waxes and application methods on websites like www.diynetwork.com/videos/applying-wax-to-wood-furniture-0237351 and still be confused as to what wax to use for your specific, how to use it and why you should be waxing your furniture. This is where renaissance wax polish comes into play. Made originally for museum quality art and furniture, this wax has scientifically been proven to be one of the safest waxes to use on wood. In fact, many museums, collectors and antique restorers around the world have adopted the use of this wax into many of their projects. It should be kept in mind, however, that the wax should not be used on kitchen utensils or anything related to the culinary arts.
Renaissance wax was developed in the 50’s when the fine arts were equally popular among art enthusiasts, restorers and scientists. Several conferences were held to discuss preservation techniques, new finds and many more discoveries. It was at such a gathering that a debate on preservation wax sparked the birth of renaissance wax. Most scholars and preservation experts at the time agreed that the biggest drawback of natural commercial waxes was the presence of amino acids. These naturally occurring organic compounds are known to degrade over time, hence destroying the finishing on antiques. Long periods of research on the matter lead to the discovery of the Renaissance micro-crystalline polish made from refined fossil fuels.
Today, Renaissance wax polish comes in many types to specifically suit each type of project. It has been made to be water and alcohol resistant while still being acidic neutral. Unlike other natural waxes such as Carnuba wax, Renaissance wax does not discolor or stain the surface over time, remaining a true clear polish or wax. The Renaissance wax polish range is designed to be a multipurpose wax system that will suit a multitude of surfaces. The wax also works against a range of accidents such as scuff marks, fingerprints, ageing and the occasional spill, serving dual purposes as a cleaner as well as a sealing agent. Add these advantages to the fact that, if stored correctly, it can last forever, you will find that this wax is truly worth its bang for the buck.
While its advantages are widely lauded, including its ease of use, quick drying and capacity to protect its intended surface perfectly, there are a couple of problems first-time users may face. As stated earlier, this wax is unsafe to use around food preparation. Additionally, the fumes are extremely strong; always work in a well-ventilated space. Use a mask, gloves and safety glasses when working with Renaissance wax polish. The polish itself is pretty straight forward to apply. Wipe the surface with a clean cloth and apply a tiny amount of wax evenly to the surface with the gentle touch of a brush. Wipe off any excess and allow it to harden and dry – it’s that simple to use Renaissance wax polish and keep your antiques safe.