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Decorating Your Door: Waxing an interior door

Waxing interior doors, frames, architrave and other products.

Here at Distinctive Doors we have many years of experience in how to treat timber products to get the best from them. In our opinion Briwax Wax Polish is one of the best timber waxes available. This is why we recommend it and are one of the leading stockists for the UK market.

Manufacturers instructions

NEW TIMBER

Timber should be sanded and free of dust and grease. If you wish to dye the wood, this must be done before applying Briwax or Briwax Original.

For most timbers Briwax or Briwax Original are applied directly onto the raw or dyed timber. Applying Briwax or Briwax Original using 0000 Steel Wool (Distinctive Doors Note: a lint free cloth is fine too). Use a small amount of wax, working along the grain until you have covered the entire surface. Allow to dry for 2-3 minutes, then buff to desired gloss with a soft cloth. If you are using sawn pine, or other similar timbers, you should note that the end grain and rough cut areas of the grain will pick up more wax, and will appear darker than the surrounding timber. Ensure that you sand these areas with extra effort before staining or waxing. For intricate areas apply Briwax or Briwax Original with a Briwax hand or drill brush and polish with a soft brush. For a higher gloss apply a second application as before. (Distinctive Doors Note: In order to comply with our guarantee terms you MUST apply minimum of 4 coats to completely seal and protect the door ).

For an increased gloss level apply Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer before using Briwax or Briwax Original. This is especially recommended for intricate parts such as banisters or doors. Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer is applied by brush and should be allowed to dry (usually within 30 minutes) and then lightly sanded. Wipe or brush the surface to remove dust then apply Briwax or Briwax Original using a soft clean cloth. Use a small amount of wax at a time, working along the grain until the entire surface is covered, allow to dry, then buff with a soft cloth. For intricate areas apply Briwax or Briwax Original with a soft hand brush. For a higher gloss apply a second coat of wax in a similar manner (Distinctive Doors Note: Once again, in order to comply with our guarantee terms you MUST apply minimum of 4 coats to completely seal and protect the door.)
ANTIQUES AND OTHER FURNITURE

Apply a small amount to a test area to ensure compatibility with existing finish. Apply Briwax or Briwax Original with a slightly coarse cloth to ensure an even coat, buff as soon as this dries. Polish occasionally using a soft cloth; if the shine appears to be fading apply a little more Briwax or Briwax Original.
MAINTENANCE

If the wax finish becomes damaged or marked, it is usually possible to touch-up a small area using Briwax or Briwax Original and 0000 Steel Wool. Remove damage with Steel Wool and then gently apply Briwax or Briwax Original to the damaged area and polish up when dry.
NOTE

As Briwax or Briwax Original are natural waxes and contain no silicones or other artificial surfactants they are not recommended for use is areas where they will be directly subjected to moisture, heat, or constant water spillages. If you have some water marks or any other damage don’t worry, they can easily be rectified, see Maintenance. Always test Briwax or Briwax Original on an inconspicuous area when applying on existing finishes

Briwax Technical Helpline: 020 8658 2299


Other points worth noting

  • The warmer the temperature, the softer the wax will be. At high temperatures the wax can actually be liquid. Care must be taken when opening and closing the tin.
  • The Briwax colour chart shows images of treatments which have been applied to Pine. Different timbers will give different results, so it is our advice that you test on an unseen area before commencing work to ensure you are completely satisfied with the look before proceeding.
  • More coats will give a richer and darker colour. The first coat often looks a little washed out.
  • The flash point is 23 degrees Celsius. Briwax and Briwax Original must be stored and used well below this temperature.

Coverage

  • Between 5-10 sq/m per litre depending on the timber and thickness of coating. Typically, a 400gms tin should do 4 coats on 2 hardwood doors.
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