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How to Use Carnauba Wax on Furniture

How to Use Carnauba Wax on Furniture


Hi Everyone this is Dwayne from Real Milk Paint and today I want to talk to you about clear carnauba wax. Clear canauba wax is made with of course, carnauba wax and bees wax
and actually saw a little bit of paraffin wax. And it has a solvent in there which is turpentine. Carnauba wax by itself is too hard to use on its own. So it needs to be softened up a little with other waxes. So that’s why the other waxes are added to this. But this has a high degree of carnauba wax. Carnauba wax being a really hard wax gives you a nice shine when you polish it up. We’re going to pop this open and show you what it does. to this piece of furniture, this desk. We’re going to show you in a minute what it does to a painted piece of furniture as well. When you look inside clear carnauba wax you’re going to see that its a creamy paste. And that’s what we want to see. One of my favorite applicators is just an old sock. The interior of and old sock works really well. Let’s give it a shot on this drawer here and see what happens. You can see immediately the color shift. You can see the nice color that it revives and gives that piece of wood. This is a mahogany desk about 1780 somewhere in there. The key to the wax is its almost like waxing your car. You have to put the wax on. let it sit for a while to flash off then you
come back and buff it. You’ll have enough time for that. This is a stool from another video where we painted rusty metal with milk paint. well you can use the wax over this too. This has not been waxed nothing has been done to it. It’s a light sealer its not really a good permanent finish. It will give this some protection. but not permanent protection against leaving it outside. or for really strong wear and tear. But it will give you a little bit of protection. You won’t be able to see much effect on this at all. because the milk paint being so porous. it changed the color a bit because its soaking through the paint. But its not going to get real shiny like with a finished surface. Milk paint is too porous to give us a shininess but it will seal it. And it will darken it up. It will darken all the paints just about a little bit. See how that’s darkening up there? If you look at my rag here you can see there is no paint coming off. This stool has sat for three or four weeks and the milk paint has gotten really hard on here. We can buff this but not a lot is going to change as far as getting more sheen out of it. You can almost just wax it and let it dry. Let’s take a look now at the front of it. It’s flashed off enough now that we can polish it. You can see that really nice sheen it has now. Once we actually polish the whole desk with the carnauba wax it will really bring the color out. I’ll just give you a really quick demonstration and show you what that’s gonna look like. You can see it bringing the color back. Fills in the scratches and just heals the surface. So its just a really nice thing to use to revive your furniture. Give it a little protection and give it a little maintenance. The other great thing this wax this wax is good for is waxing inside your drawer. Put a little wax inside and it will help the wooden drawers slide in and out as a lubricant, it’s perfect for maintaining and keeping your drawers well. I want to thank you for coming by today with Real Milk Paint. Stop by our website at RealMilkPaint.com Visit our 200 retailers and pick up some nice paint products. Thank you so much

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  1. I've just finished working on mahogany straight razor scales, and i was wondering how should i finish them. I thought about using BLO and carnauba for polishing, would this type of finish be waterproof or at least 'water-tolerable'?

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