How to Make Waxed Canvas

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Wax is an excellent water repellent that can be used on canvas tents, tarps and outdoor furniture. There are a number of different types of sprays and chemical sealants available to water-proof canvas. Simple beeswax is safe, non-toxic and environmentally friendly. This all-natural solution creates a natural barrier to protect canvas from mold, mildew, dry rot and stains on canvas that has been treated.

Things You'll Need

  • Canvas
  • Block of beeswax
  • Clean and dry the canvas. This will allow the best penetration of the wax.

  • Lay the canvas out as flat as possible on a hard surface. A table, driveway or sidewalk are good choices for a work area.

  • Rub the beeswax over the canvas. Start in one corner and rub over every section, overlapping the previous section.

  • Apply a second coating but go in a diagonal direction from the first application. This will ensure the best coverage and protection for the canvas.

  • Cut a piece of beeswax and shape it into a point to get into corners and rub on seams. Rub hard on the stitching to provide a better seal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Re-apply at the beginning of every season. Lay the treated canvas in the sun so the heat can help to melt the beeswax deeper into the canvas fibers. For tents and tarps, keep a piece of beeswax with the canvas when in use to touch up any areas that form a leak.
  • Keep the block of wax out of the sun to keep it from melting.

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