Soft Wax 2.0: Non-toxic
Materials: beeswax, raw organic linseed oil, citrus solvent
Soft Wax 2.0 is a non-toxic finish for bare wood that is incredibly easy to apply and imparts a beautiful low luster to the wood.
The finish is made by cooking raw, organic linseed oil (from the flax plant) and combining it with cosmetics-grade beeswax and a small amount of a citrus-based solvent. The result is that this finish can be applied without special safety equipment, such as a respirator. The only safety caution is to dry the rags out flat you used to apply before throwing them away. (All linseed oil generates heat as it cures, and there is a small but real chance of the rags catching fire if they are bunched up while wet.)
Soft Wax 2.0 is an ideal finish for pieces that will be touched a lot, such as chairs, turned objects and spoons. The finish does not build a film, so the wood feels like wood – not plastic. Because of this, the wax does not provide a strong barrier against water or alcohol. If you use it on countertops or a kitchen table, you will need to touch it up every once in a while. Simply add a little more Soft Wax to a deteriorated finish and the repair is done – no stripping or additional chemicals needed.
Soft Wax 2.0 is not intended to be used over a film finish (such as lacquer, shellac or varnish). It is best used on bare wood. However, you can apply it over a porous finish, such as milk paint.
APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS (VERY IMPORTANT): Applying Soft Wax 2.0 is so easy if you follow the simple instructions. On bare wood, apply a thin coat of soft wax using a rag, applicator pad, 3M gray pad or steel wool. Allow the finish to soak in about 15 minutes. Then, with a clean rag or towel, wipe the entire surface until it feels dry. Do not leave any excess finish on the surface. If you do leave some behind, the wood will get gummy and sticky.
The finish will be dry enough to use in a couple hours. After a couple weeks, the oil will be fully cured. After that, you can add a second coat (or not). A second coat will add more sheen and a little more protection to the wood.
Soft Wax 2.0 is made in small batches in Kentucky using a waterless process. Each glass jar contains 8 oz. of soft wax, enough for two chairs.
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165 reviews5 out of 5 stars
I used Anarchist Daughter's soft wax to finish a saw tote (handle) I made from walnut, and a replacement cap for an old German push drill. Quality of the wax was as good as I expected, given her father's recommendation. It produced an excellent finish with just one coat. I applied it with some fine steel wool, waited fifteen minutes, and then wiped it off with a clean lint-free cloth. A little bit goes a long way!
I love this stuff! It was easy to apply, smelled great, and really enhanced the wood grain. Since it's nontoxic, I was able to use it on a toy that I made. The finish is hardly noticeable. I will definitely use this a lot more. I hardily recommend!
Our first piece of purchased furniture is 47 years old. It was a clear-finished oak trestle breakfast table. The finish was shot, water rings and stains showed through and we are moving. Should we pitch or fix the table? Reviving our friend was easy thanks to Soft Wax 2.0. I took the table's top and edges down with 80 grit sandpaper followed by 120, 220, and 320 to get any varnish or finish off. Using a clean soft cloth, I applied a thin layer of Soft Wax 2.0, rubbed it in, let it sit for 15 minutes, checked with my hand to make sure no lumps or clumps remained, then let it sit for 3 hours. Revived! I initially tried a steel wool pad. That was not necessary; stick with a clean, lint-free cloth. The table has regained a beautiful, warm, glow. After moving, I'll get to the legs and trestle with Soft Wax. It was easy.
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