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Briwax Liming Wax
A smooth paste wax formulation to produce a white grained finish to bare or stained wood. Two hundred years ago this liming method was used to lighten the dark wood panels in various mansions of the day. Liming wax is the predecessor of the "pickling method" used today. Liming produces a distinctive effect, which is traditionally associated with oak furniture. The finish is created by filling deep pours in open grain timber with the liming wax. Even when dry, the white liming wax contrasts with the darker wood, emphasizing the grain pattern. Liming wax can be applied direct to bare wood and onto sealed surfaces.
How to use:
To prepare an item of furniture for liming, sand the wood smooth and remove any traces of grease or dirt by wiping the surface with a cloth dipped in white spirits (mineral spirits/paint thinner).
Some woods will benefit from opening the grain with a wire brush. Using a clean wire brush, scrub the wood in the direction of the grain only, to clean out the pores. Check the progress quite regularly by glancing across the wood into the light, ensuring that there is a fairly even distribution of open pores. If required, apply wood dye and seal the surface with a coat of transparent shellac.
Applying Liming Wax.
Apply sparingly with a cotton cloth or pad, rubbing well into the grain and removing any excess. Dip a pad into the liming wax and rub into the grain, with circular overlapping strokes, until the surface is evenly covered. Wipe across the grain with a clean pad, leaving the wax in the pores. After about ten minutes, remove surplus wax from the surface by gently burnishing along the grain with a dry cotton cloth. The next day, apply an overcoat of clear Briwax for a more durable finish.
Super product for the unfinished furniture shop.
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