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09-29-2010 05:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paste wax wax buffing out

I have three in stock—Trewax, Johnson’s and Briwax. These are paste waxes, in the truncated can with the lid which requires a tool to remove.

All three are different, so if you have used two or more of these products, I’m very interested in which you reach for first and for what.

If you use only one, I hope this thread will either affirm your choice or suggest some alternatives which would be new.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"


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#1 posted 09-29-2010 05:34 PM

I’ve used Johnson’s. It does what I want it to do. It’s easy to find when I run out.

I’m also interested in what others have found out.

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 05:42 PM

I have used Trewax, and Johnsons. Honestly, Johnsons is cheaper, and easier to find near me, so it is what I stick with… Pretty much any hardware or grocery store has it. Trewax is available, but harder to find, and at least in this area, costs twice as much as Johnsons…

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 06:21 PM

Thanks Jarrod—good info.

Briwax can go to liquid state and it’s still fine. It is generally “soupier” than the Trewax.

So where does one find Bioshield Followed By Long Name Wax?

And your lustre comment adds another dimension here. Perhaps in responding fellow LJs could include that info as they respond to the comparison of the now four products.

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 06:35 PM

I make my own…

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#5 posted 09-29-2010 07:19 PM

Hobomonk, please elaborate!

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 07:45 PM

I like Liberon Black Bison. It’s easy to apply and remove, has a nice scent and looks fantastic.

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 12:45 AM

For wood, I use the same 3 you have.
For metal, and wood drawer slides, I use a toilet wax ring.

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 01:02 AM

Gene, I also use wax ring wax, for screws, but my question is about what wax you prefer over another and why. Do you use them interchangeably?

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 03:29 AM

What’s the difference between Johnson’s Paste Wax and Trewax? I thought they were both carnuba wax.

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#10 posted 09-30-2010 05:49 AM

I was “sold” on Briwax at a tool show (where else) about 15 years ago, bought a couple gallons and have used it ever since.
I use it on my projects that need a little luster, as a lot of my smaller items are just oiled (don’t remember the name of the product). The wax really brings out some shine in the grain.

Also have Trewax in a smaller container for general usage, waxing my laminate table top for the table saw to help materials slide, the saw, etc.

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#11 posted 09-30-2010 06:21 AM

I like johsons on the tools.. prefer votive candle wax over parafin wax when hand planing and warm water sexwax on my hammer handles when framing…

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#12 posted 09-30-2010 01:40 PM

Lee,
I almost never wax any wood that doesn’t have a finish.
IMHO, the wax does little beyond appearance and feel. It offers minimal protection and not for long, either.
I like Johnsons because of it’s consistency in the can.

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#13 posted 11-12-2017 08:38 PM

I’ve used Briwax and Johnsons. In my experience Briwax off-gasses much faster than Johnsons. I’ve tried both on cedar and I’ve noticed the cedar smell returns and the wax smell disappears overnight with Briwax.

Johnsons took several days to off-gass, and never really lost its smell.

I’m still (and probably always will be) experimenting.

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#14 posted 03-28-2020 09:32 AM

What do you think of Tried and True linseed oil and beeswax?

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#15 posted 03-28-2020 10:35 AM

You did not say for what.
Candle wax on drawer guides.
I only use paste wax on furniture is if is something that won’t ever be touched. Usually oiled.
I use Johnsons on my TS and jointer, but have recently found out about talcum power and may try it.
I use candle wax on my small tables I can melt it in with a heat gun. DIsk sander, spindle sander, plane soles.
I used Snow Seal ( bees wax) on my boots when I lived in Colorado
I use modern magic car wax on my shower walls and my cars.

Never even thought about different brands of paste wax. I have only used up a couple cans ever.

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