Beeswax is the product of honey bees which, in nature, use it to build the honeycomb of their hives.
As a derivative of petroleum, however, it takes the name of paraffin and we commonly find it in candles, after appropriate purification.
What is it and where to buy it
It has been used since ancient times, on the market it is found in ready-to-use jars, both in paste and liquid emulsion, or in blocks to be dissolved in a bain-marie.
You can buy it in all paint shops, fine art shops, or brico shops.
If we are looking for an absolutely natural product, we must pay attention so that, in the technical characteristics shown on the package or on the technical sheet to ask the dealer, it is pure, that is composed only of beeswax or at most added with other wax of vegetable origin (that of carnauba is the most widespread).
The wood of bees is an excellent protection for wood, has a good polishing power and gives the wood a pleasant sensation of softness to the touch.
Moreover, it is very simple to apply.
The cons is that, depending on the atmospheric conditions to which the product is subjected, it loses its glossy appearance relatively quickly (not its protective action) and gets dirty easily.
The wax finish for wood
The best and longest lasting results are obtained from paste wax, but the method of application is very similar to liquid one.
After carefully cleaning the area to be treated, apply a small amount of wax with a cotton cloth and massage it gently until it is spread evenly over the entire surface.
It will then be left to dry for a few hours (according to the instructions given by the manufacturer) and finally proceed with polishing with a clean cloth, possibly wool, with circular movements and uniformly along the entire surface.
To maintain a shiny appearance over time, I recommend repeating this operation every 6-12 months.
Finally, it is important to know that, on wood previously treated with wax, it is not possible to apply any synthetic paint directly but we must first remove the waxy layer with a wax remover product otherwise the paint will not adhere.
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