How to Apply Renaissance Wax

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How to Apply Renaissance Wax
Renaissance wax protects and polishes. (drop lid secretary desk image by James Phelps from

Renaissance wax is a waterproof, protective paste that was originally developed in England in the 1950's. It was developed by the British Museum as a way to protect the historical items and artefacts stored there. It is safe to use on almost every type of material including wood, leather, metals, pottery, jewellery and even book covers. When applied to metal objects, Renaissance wax prevents tarnish from developing on the object's surface.

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Things you need

  • Newspaper
  • Cloths

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  1. 1

    Lay a layer of newspaper on a flat work surface and place the object you want to wax on top of it. If the object is too large, simply leave it in place.

  2. 2

    Open the can of Renaissance wax and apply 1/4 tsp to a clean, soft cloth.

  3. 3

    Place the cloth onto the item and apply the wax using a circular motion until the wax is gone from the cloth.

  4. 4

    Apply additional wax to the cloth as needed and continue applying wax to the object until you have waxed the entire surface of the object. The finish will be slightly dull when the wax is applied.

  5. 5

    Pick up a clean, dry cloth and lightly buff the entire surface of the object using circular motions. This buffing movement will create a high glass-like shine on the surface of the object.

Tips and warnings

  • Renaissance wax does not build up like other waxes, so you can apply additional coats as needed without dulling the finish of the object.
  • Only a small amount of Renaissance wax is required to cover most objects.
  • Renaissance wax is available at most stores that sell woodworking supplies.

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