Paste wax is used to protect and enhance wood finishes. You can also finish wood with wax. For centuries beeswax was used to finish wood until more modern finishes became available. This is the same basic idea. It works best on hard close-grained woods like maple.
Things You'll Need
- Paste wax
- Tack cloth
- Clean, lint-free cloths
Buy some paste wax.
Make sure the wood you are going to finish is sanded, clean and free of dust. Clean it with a tack cloth.
Apply a small amount of paste wax to the wood using a clean, lint-free cloth. Rub it on with a circular motion to get a thin, even coating.
Allow the wax to dry completely overnight.
Wipe the wood with a clean, lint-free cloth to remove any excess wax.
Polish the wood to a shine with another clean, lint-free cloth.
Repeat this process again one or two times.
Tips & Warnings
- Wax isn't very durable, so it shouldn't be used in surfaces that get a lot of traffic or handling.
- Wax wears off and will need to be reapplied periodically.
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