How to apply briwax

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Briwax is a well-known, high quality brand of natural waxes blended with proprietary ingredients that is designed to clean and polish fine furniture, fine finishes and antiques. Briwax's beeswax blend was created in London for the professional woodworking trade, and it has been in use since 1860. It is used today to protect wood and many other finishes, including marble and other stone, leather, concrete, and paint-coated surfaces. In addition to the solid waxes, Briwax makes a broad range of related cleaning and finishing products.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Briwax product/s of choice
  • Soft clean cloths for application and buffing
  • Brushes - foam and soft bristle
  • Cheesecloth, cotton pads, very fine steel wool

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    Wipe on Briwax solid waxes with a clean cloth using a repeating circular motion to lift dirt, old wax and oils from the finish. Use approximately a nickel size daub per square foot. Turn your cloth to a clean spot several times to effectively lift away dirt from heavily soiled pieces. Once the piece is clean, use a second clean towel to aggressively buff the piece to a shiny finish in the same circular motion. If using tinted wax, you can add more wax in this finish buffing step.

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    Wipe Briwax shellac onto well sanded and dust-free bare wood surface with a soft bristle brush or clean, lint-free pad. Let dry completely. Sand with super fine sand paper. Repeat the process until the desired coating in reached. Layer on up to three coats of Briwax. Buff to a high shine with each application. When applying shellac on a finish surface or previously sealed wood, paint or wipe on the shellac. Allow it to dry completely. Layer on Briwax wax and buff vigorously with a soft clean cloth to a high shine.

  3. 3

    Paint on Briwax strippers, restorers and conditioners with a foam or soft bristle brushes or a clean, lint-free rag. Wipe clean with a fresh lint free rag. For pieces with excessive build-up of dirt, old wax or embedded debris in the finish, use fine steel wool to help lift the old build-up by running the steel wool pad along the piece in keeping with the wood grain.

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    Wipe Briwax stains and dyes onto well sanded and clean raw wood surfaces with a lint-free rag. Pour the stain onto the rag and then apply in broad sweeping motions in keeping with the direction of the wood grain. Let the stain dry thoroughly before proceeding with additional finishes. If the colour of stain you desire is not produced by Briwax, you can simply mix the the liquid stains together. Apply them in successive layers onto the wood to obtain the exact colour depth or tone you desire.

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