Johnson Paste Wax Alternative
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14 March 2023 at 1:59 am #794767
It seems that SC Johnson has stopped making paste wax. It is still available from some online websites like Amazon, but at an extremely elevated price, and while stocks last. Does anyone have thoughts on what products (available in the US) might be equivalent?
Lee Valley Tools sells Blue Label paste wax, but I’ve never used it and it is much more expensive than Johnson was. Minwax is widely available, but I don’t have any experience with it.
The conclusion of my research back when I heard the news was that Trewax was the most similar and held in high regard. I added some to my saved-for-later cart to remind me when the time came. Minwax was also high on the list of people’s favorites. I’ve only ever used Johnson’s and still have enough to last several years, so unfortunately it’ll be a while before I can give an opinion from personal experience … or maybe that’s fortunately. 🙂14 March 2023 at 8:50 am #794788
I fortunately just bought some Johnson’s so I’m probably good till I croak.
But another wax to consider is Briwax , which I tend to use on antique furniture. It requires more buffing to get a sheen and is a more satiny sheen than Johnson’s. It also comes in tinted varieties which will hide scratches better ( I have brown and black). I sometimes use tinted if I want to accentuate open grains. Just make sure to first use a coat of the clear first. Applied directly to raw wood, the tinting is pretty strong.17 March 2023 at 4:57 pm #795075
I just bought MinWax and Old Master paste waxes to try out. They both seemed fine, MinWax was about 1/2 the price of Old Master, but both had a higher density at room temperature than SC Johnson, and, as a result, were harder to spread.
I haven’t yet tried adding a solvent or water to soften them as I’ve seen others suggest.
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