Will Paste Wax Damage a Finish?

Will Paste Wax Damage a Finish

A can of Briwax paste wax with toluene.

A reader thought he remembered my cautioning towards making use of
paste wax over water-based end or latex paint. His reminiscence
was that I had stated that paste wax may harm these coatings.

This isn’t true, in fact. There’s no downside making use of most
paste waxes over water-based end or latex paint. However the
supply of the confusion may nonetheless be me as a result of I’ve stated
that one model of paste wax, Briwax, may trigger harm.

Conventional Briwax incorporates toluene (toluol), which is a
sturdy, fast-evaporating solvent. Toluene will harm
water-based finishes, latex paints and in addition varnishes and
lacquers in the event that they aren’t totally cured.

My expertise with Briwax goes again earlier than it turned well-liked,
perhaps even earlier than it turned accessible within the U.S. An vintage
supplier throughout the road from my store introduced me again a can
from a shopping for journey to England. She liked this paste wax as a result of
it dries so quick that it may be buffed out nearly instantly –
in distinction to different paste waxes, which require way more time
for the solvent to evaporate. The quick evaporation, in fact,
is the consequence of the toluene.

Extra lately, Briwax has had so as to add a toluene-free paste wax
to its line of merchandise due to environmental issues with
the toluene. However this new model nonetheless incorporates xylene (xylol)
along with naphtha, each of which evaporate slower than
toluene. Importantly, these solvents, particularly xylene, are
nonetheless sturdy sufficient to trigger harm.

So be cautioned in case you like utilizing this wax for its simple

— Bob Flexner


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