How to Make Carnauba Wax Wood Stain

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How to Make Carnauba Wax Wood Stain
Customise your wax wood stain by mixing your own and adding colour tint yourself. (wood texture image by Mats Tooming from

Homemade wax wood stains are easy to make and allow you to customise the colour to match your furniture exactly. Making your own wax stain is also beneficial to your health, because it eliminates the use of unknown chemicals and puts you at less of a risk of an allergic reaction. Store bough wax and stain containing chemicals is also detrimental to the environment, so mixing your own causes less of an environmental impact.

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Things you need

  • 0.113kg. Carnauba wax flakes or granules
  • Metal food can (paper removed)
  • Oven gloves
  • 0.454kg. beeswax flakes or granules
  • 1 qt. turpentine
  • Can or other container
  • Tinting colour

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  1. 1

    Place the Carnauba wax into the food can and set it into the pot of water. Make sure the water level only reaches the halfway mark on the can.

  2. 2

    Bring the water to a boil and allow the wax to melt.

  3. 3

    Take the pot of water off the heat and remove the can while wearing the oven gloves. Use caution; the can will be extremely hot.

  4. 4

    Add the beeswax to the mixture, followed by the turpentine.

  5. 5

    Stir the mixture and pour it into a can or other container. Add the tinting colour until the mixture reaches the desired colour.

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