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The Briwax Guy’s Help Desk

  • What are the colors of Briwax?
    Clear is the perfect choice when you don't want to impart any color onto the wood.  Clear Briwax has absolutely no color and will not yellow.  Of course, with that said, Clear Briwax will not hide or diminish any scratches on the wood. 

    Light Brown is the most versatile of all of the colors - it takes on the color of the wood on which it is used.

    Tudor Brown has a formula that is one-half Light Brown and one-half Dark Brown — putting this color right in the middle of the true brown colors.

    Rustic Pine is a mid-tone brown color with a hint of red in it. Rustic Pine, when used on raw pine, will turn the pine a lovely rich brown color, reminisent of old English or Irish pine furniture.

    Dark Oak is slightly darker than Light Brown, but not as dark as Tudor Brown. Use Dark Oak when Light brown is not quite dark enough, but Tudor Brown is too dark.

    Golden Oak has yellow undertones.  It compliments beautifully the red tones of Heart Pine.

    Antique Mahogany can also be called Cherry.  It has a hint of red and is beautiful on Cherry or Mahogany woods - brings out the red tones of the wood.  Try Antique Mahogany on Red Oak floors to highlight the red tones. Antique Mahogany has no brown tones.

    Teak has a very rich color with brown and bold red tones. If Antique Mahogany is not dark enough, use Teak to add color and depth to the piece.

    Dark Brown is a deep, rich brown.  It is widely used on Walnut to enhance its rich, dark color. Dark Brown is the darkest of the brown tones of Briwax.

    Ebony is pure black. Just black.

    Click for a Color Card - please use the card as a guide only as computer monitors may vary.

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  • How do I select the right product to maintain my furniture?
  • Can Briwax be used in a liquid state?
    Briwax is designed to melt at 85°F. Use in the liquid state to get the wax deep into cracks, crevices, carvings, etc. For more information, read Using Briwax in a Liquid State and take a moment to watch the video about using Briwax while liquid - it will give you some great pointers.

    Don’t forget:
    Briwax is designed to turn liquid. During the summer, Briwax may turn liquid in the can. This in no way diminishes the quality of the product.  Simply allow the container to come to room temperature to return to a paste form.  (You can also place the can in the refrigerator)  Just like butter, the wax will harden again! It will be less wasteful if you use Briwax in a firmer consistency.

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  • What is the purpose of the green lid on the can of Briwax?
    The Briwax you purchased, more than likely, came with a GREEN plastic lid.  This plastic lid is designed for physically stabilizing the product during shipping and for ease of stacking at your neighborhood retailer.

    Once you open the can of Briwax,
    discard the GREEN plastic lid and RETAIN and use the METAL LID for storing your Briwax.  The metal lid will keep your Briwax ready to use on your newly acquired antique or your next woodworking project.

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  • Can I use a lamb's wood pad to buff the Briwax application?
    NO. Do not use a lamb's wool pad to buff Briwax. The lamb's wool will heat up the wax, pick the wax up on the pad and then deposit the wax onto other parts of your project. You'll never get a sheen if you use a lamb's wool pad for buffing.

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  • How do I remove Briwax?

    Briwax can be removed using mineral spirits (paint thinner). Just take a cloth, we prefer white so that you can see the wax, and dampen it with mineral spirits. Wipe the area where you wish to remove the wax and the petroleum distillate in the paint thinner will dissolve the wax and your cloth will remove it. Rinse out your cloth in the mineral spirits and repeat until the cloth shows no signs of wax. Let the mineral spirits evaporate before attempting any other procedures on the piece.

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  • Why do I get fingerprints on my Briwax finish?
    Quite simply, you have applied too much wax. When you have applied the perfect amount of Briwax, you will not have any fingerprints. As strange as it sounds, you should apply another sparing application of wax - the solvent in the wax will remove the previous application. Make certain that you buff in between each application of wax.

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  • My Briwax is liquid, what do I do now?
    First, don’t worry . . . Briwax will turn into a liquid in hot weather.  This in no way diminishes the quality of the product.

    Simply allow the container to come to room temperature – either by placing the container in the refrigerator for several hours, or by bringing the container into an air conditioned room – and Briwax will return to a paste form.

    In warm weather, you might want to place the container of Briwax in an air conditioned room the night before you plan on using it. The container can be placed in the refrigerator to speed up the process.

    Since Briwax is to be applied sparingly, the paste form of the wax will allow a less wasteful application.

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  • How can I find a local retailer?
    We have thousands of retailers. Give us a call at 800/327-4929, we'll try and find a local retailer right in your neighborhood. You can also send us an email - thebriwaxguy@gmail.com - please include your zip code.

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  • What do I do if I don't want a sheen using Briwax?

    Most of the time, people are looking for a sheen for their furniture.  Recently, we have had several people ask us how to decrease the sheen on their furniture!  Decreasing the sheen has a very easy solution . . . simply apply Briwax in the color of choice and don’t buff. As we’ve said previously, you’ll know when Briwax is dry because it turns dull.

    Even if you decide not to buff out Briwax, it is still important to apply the wax in light applications.

    Remember, even after you buff your Briwax finish, a wax finish will always be a softer sheen than using a poly or plastic finish.

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  • Can I use Briwax on my exterior projects?
    This is a very common question about using Briwax on outdoor projects. Briwax is NOT intended for exterior use. It simply cannot hold up to UV (sunshine) rays or to moisture (rain/snow). So, as much as you love Briwax and want to use everywhere, resist the temptation to use it on your outside projects!

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  • Will Clear Briwax ever yellow?
    The answer is NO.  Clear Briwax is perfectly clear and will not yellow either in the initial application or over time.  So, apply Clear Briwax to your furniture, even furniture painted white, with confidence that it will NOT turn yellow.

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  • Should I use Clear or one of the colored Briwax?
    The colored waxes will help to hide scratches, ding, dents. The colored waxes will also enhance the color of the wood to which it is applied. You can read more on our Blog using this link: Clear or Colored Briwax.

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  • What finish should I use near my kitchen sink?
    On Countertops or on any surface that will come into contact with water the highly recommend finish would be an oil finish first (oil and water do not mix) then followed up with Briwax to maintain as necessary.

    Look for any “finish” product that has the word “oil” in its name - Watco Oil, Danish Oil, Teak Oil, Tung Oil etc. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for application, allow the finish to cure for several days and then finish with Briwax.

    This technique will give you a beautiful satin finish that will fairly impervious to water and will look great as you maintain it with Briwax.

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  • What is Briwax?
    Briwax is a blend of beeswax and carnauba wax, two of the finest waxes known to man. Briwax is designed to protect all wood and any finish that may be applied to it. Use Briwax on all woods, leather, marble, concrete, metal and painted surfaces. It improves the finish of any piece. Briwax is available in the Original formula or Toluene Free formula.

    The Briwax Original formula contains the solvent Toluene and the Toluene Free formula contains the solvents Xylene and Naphtha. Solvents are necessary in the formulation of Briwax because without them Briwax would just be a hard chunk of wax, almost unusable.

    The addition of various dye colors suspended in the wax allows Briwax to diminish minor scratches disappear without changing the character or color of the piece.

    An inherent cleaning solvent in the wax is designed to clean grease and grime off the surface before it evaporates, leaving a waxed surface.  This thin film of wax prevents oils and salts (fingerprints) from harming the surface finish.

    Briwax can be used as the only finish or over almost any finish.  Just remember, Briwax is the FINAL finish – nothing goes over Briwax.

    Briwax is available in a one-pound can or a 7-pound trade size can known as a Trade Size can.  The Trade Size looks very similar to a one-gallon paint can.

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  • What color is P7?
    Let us explain . . . Briwax is made in England. Many of the colors of Briwax sold outside of the USA have different name, including P-7, Medium Brown, Antique Brown, Jacobean or perhaps a number of 37 or 181 than the names of Briwax in the US.

    If you happen to have seen a can with one of the English names, here is the US equivalent.

    English Briwax P-7 or Medium Brown = “Light Brown” Briwax in the USA
    English Briwax Antique Brown or # 37 = “Golden Oak” Briwax in the USA
    Enlgish Briwax Jacobean or # 181 = “Dark Brown” Briwax in the USA

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  • How do I use Briwax to remove white water rings or white water marks?
    You will use Briwax to remove the white water ring or white water marks; however,  it is the solvent in Briwax that removes white water marks - not the wax.  White water rings or watermarks are caused by condensation of moisture directly into the finished surface of the wood, affecting the finish from the inside out. Most finishes are durable enough for only the top layer of finish to be affected.

    Here’s the analogy .  .  . remember when you last went to the doctor’s office for a shot? The nurse took a cotton ball, dipped it in alcohol (a very fast evaporator) and rubbed your arm to sterilize it.  What was happening was that the alcohol was evaporating the moisture from your skin, actually lifting it out, and sterilizing it at the same time.  

    Using Briwax to remove white watermarks works the same way.  The solvent in Briwax is a fairly fast evaporator, 45-60 seconds when it is spread out. This quick evaporation process is lifting out the moisture from the watermark causing it to disappear.

    Watch the video
    “White Water Ring Removal” to learn more.

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  • What finish goes over Briwax?

    Briwax can be used over almost every cured finish and Briwax is the FINAL finish.  Think of the Briwax finish as the protective finish for your furniture.  No other finish goes over Briwax.

    Remember to use Briwax sparingly and to buff after each application.  You’ll never have any wax build-up and you’ll end up with a museum quality finish that will enhance and protect your furniture for years.

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  • What is the coverage of a can of Briwax?
    A one pound can of Briwax will cover between 400 and 600 square feet. For more detailed coverage information - especially for big jobs - visit the Coverage of Briwax page on our website.

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  • What is the difference between the Original formula and the Toluene Free formula of Briwax?
    Visit the Original vs. Toluene Free Briwax page on our website for detailed information.

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  • How should I protect my dining table when I serve hot items from the oven?
    After you use Briwax on your dining table, you should always use placemats and coasters. For hot serving pieces, use a trivet that has feet so that the hot item is not sitting directly on the waxed table. Heat from a soft trivet (directly on top of the table) will trap moisture and cause a white water mark. Wipe spills from the table immediately after you notice them. You can use Briwax to touch-up the table - including white water marks - remember, there will be no match lines.

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  • How long will Briwax resist a spill?
    Think of Briwax as a piece of wax paper. Wax paper will resist moisture for a period of time prior to the moisture seeping into the paper. A spill on Briwax is similar. Briwax will resist moisture for about 20 minutes before it seeps into the wax. Back to top
  • Now that I have used Briwax, how is the best way to clean my hands?
    Generally, cleaning your hands after using Briwax is soap and water. Add a nail brush to remove Briwax from cuticles. If you have especially nasty hands, Goop Hand Cleaner is an easy (and tidy) way to clean your hands prior to soap and water.

    Ladies, Briwax will adhere to nail polish, so plan to get your fresh manicure after you work with Briwax is completed.

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  • Tell me more about the Brushes that you carry . . . .
    The Wax & Paint brush is used to apply Briwax to painted furniture, hard to reach areas, carvings and rough surfaces. The brush is equally deal for thicker paints such as Milk Paints and Chalk Paints. The medium Wax and Paint Brush has chiseled white china bristles.

    The Rotary Brush (also known as the Pine Brush), Hand Brush and Drum Brush are for buffing/polishing Briwax to bring out the shine. The Rotary Brush and the Drum Brush attach to a drill to greatly reduce buffing time by approximately 50% over hand brushing.

    The Rotary Brush is perfect for large buffing jobs. This brush has tampico bristles and is approximately 4” in diameter.

    The Hand Brush is great for fairly large pieces or rough pieces. Tampico bristles.

    The Drum Brush is designed for table tops or horizontal surfaces. This brush has tampico bristles and is approximately 4” in diameter and 6” in length.
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  • Can Briwax be used on floors?
    Yes, Briwax can be used on floors (walls and ceilings, too). The 7-pound Trade size can of Briwax is perfect for these types of large jobs. Read more about maintaining your floors in the Floor Care Guide on our website.
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