WAXING FOR RESTORATION OR NEW RAW FURNITURE
For newly restored or stripped timber, you can develop a beautiful natural-looking waxed finish in three easy steps.
Before you begin, if the wood is very dry it can be helpful to use a sanding sealer. We don’t make or recommend any in particular so you will need to discuss this with your hardware store.
1. Moisturise: Apply our Base Wax, which will penetrate and enrich the dry timber. This is applied using one clean cloth and polished back with another. Old t-shirts are ideal for this or any other lint-free cloth. A little goes a long way so start small. If the timber is very dry, it will ‘drink’ up the wax so you may need to apply a second or even third coat. Ensure that between each coat the surface is thoroughly buffed and dry to the touch.
2. Build: Apply our Building Wax, which is a firmer paste designed to form a protective layer along with filling any tiny grooves, holes and imperfections in the timber. Two or more coats can be applied for a super-smooth finish, best applied using 0000 steel wool. Buff back after each coat using a clean cloth.
3. Protect: Apply our Finishing Wax, which is soft and creamy but hardens to a pleasing high sheen finish due to the large proportion of natural carnauba wax flakes in its formula. This can be used to maintain your finish down the track.
If you find your finish is tacky or patchy, it normally means you have used too much wax.
The benefit of the natural waxed finish is that you can repair it in areas of wear, whereas once a lacquer finish begins to break away it needs to be completely stripped and resurfaced. So, whilst the waxing process is a little more effort in the beginning, it is a real investment in the long-term.
APPLYING OILS AND LIQUID WAX
Oiling timber furniture is easy and quick. A great way to moisturise and protect a variety of timbers; particularly good for intricately carved wood. For a clean and fresh spruce-up, use our Lemon Oil or if you’re after a richer feed but still with a matte finish, try our Natural Nourishing Wax. Both can be applied using a clean cloth to wipe on and another clean cloth to wipe back the excess. If your timber is particularly dry, the oils will be quickly absorbed so you might need to use another coat. Over time, the timber will become saturated and therefore develop an excellent moisture-repellent finish. Because these products are both food safe, you can happily use them on your chopping boards and any other wooden/bamboo serving dishes and utensils.
DISGUISING SCUFFS AND SCRATCHES
Our Touch Up for Wood is brilliant for disguising scuffs and scratches in timber or bamboo. This is particularly good for lacquered floors, where the lacquer has been worn away to expose the fibres of the timber/bamboo beneath. This shows up as a pale or white mark, especially in darker floors. To test if the Touch Up for Wood will work for you, simply wet the area of damage. If it improves with the added moisture, our oil-based product will hide it. Equally good on all types of timber furniture, our Touch Up for Wood is very versatile. Touch up for Wood is available in Pale and Dark shades. If you have a floor that is a combination of shades, the Touch Up for Dark Wood contains pigment that will settle fairly quickly. As a result, you can vary the intensity of colour according to how quickly you apply after mixing the contents.
In all cases, apply onto a cloth first and rub into the area of damage. Make sure you wipe away any excess as the residual oils can sit on the undamaged lacquer surface, which may be a slipping hazard.