For centuries, wax has been recognized for its natural protective qualities. Used throughout history by craftsmen, wax provides surface protection and enhances the inherent beauty of wood. Furniture wax should never be considered a protective finish, but rather as a protective barrier, providing added wax protection to a finish or substrate from such things as moisture, dust and airborne pollutants.
We have all seen water bead up on the hood of a car. Wax on furniture does the same thing. However, if water is left to stand on a waxed surface, it will eventually penetrate the wax and possibly affect the finish and wood. Remember, wax is not a protective finish but a barrier coat that will allow you a little more time to clean up a spill. Wax also provides scratch resistance and protection from dust, in that it creates a barrier between the finish and the dust cloth. As you dust, the cloth is charged with dust particles, which can scratch and dull the finish.
This will eventually obscure the natural beauty of the wood. Furniture wax provides protection but also adds depth to wood and imparts an overall healthier look to furniture as well as adding scent to a room. Wax is a very stable material and if properly maintained, will protect a finish indefinitely.
A good furniture wax has two main uses – as a wood finishing product, and as a wood rejuvenating product. Furniture wax keeps your wood furniture protected from a range of weather, usage and accidental damage, and as such should most certainly be in your arsenal of products to use, whether you are a DIY diva, or woodworker, or simply someone who wants to look after their furniture well.
This section of the site is to represent the best of the best in furniture waxes, from natural beeswax to synthetic waxes that have been created for speciality purposes. All reviews, features and even our guides are based on hours of research online and speaking to people who use furniture wax regularly.
The Best of the Best Waxes
Below we have identified some clear favorites by the nature of the jobs.
Best Finishing Wax for Chalk Paint Furniture
Minwax 78500 Regular Finishing Wax has over 170 positive reviews, and as a paste finishing wax is pretty well received by most reviewers. However what makes it stand out for waxing chalk painted furniture is one review left by a shabby chic painter. The reviewer used a Tiffany blue chalk paint on which she applied Minwax dark finishing wax. She said that the there was a subtle darkening of the colour of the side table that she used the wax on, and after a day or so, the table looked a very natural finished feel without getting too shiny that other finishing waxes do. She highly recommends this wax for amateur furniture chalk painters, and really recommends the natural smoothing effect that the wax has.
Ideal for amateur chalk painters, rated best for use by over 170 reviewers.
Best Furniture Wax for Antiques
You know when a product is developed for one of the world’s biggest curators of antiques, it must be a great product. The micro-crystalline infused Renaissance was actually the go to wax for the British Museum, having been developed specially for them. The wax is supposed to avoid discoloration due to age as well as be a stain free wax.
The two benefits promoted by the developer include being acid neutral and resistant to alcohol and water. Don’t think that Renaissance Wax is used by only the British Museum, apparently antique collections worldwide consider this wax as one of the best waxes to have in their cleaning cupboards.
Best Clear Paste Waxes For Wood Furniture
If you don´t want to alter the color of your wooden furniture, you should probably aim for a clear paste wax. Clear waxes are great for starters and amateurs, and particularly great for shades of color you cant find, specially for your painted furniture, where you may not really want to applied a colored wax..
|Picture||Name Of Wax||Reviews||Ave Review||URL||Average price (USD)|
|Minwax Regular Finishing Wax||179||4.5||See Reviews||$12.59|
|Clear Briwax Original Formula||38||4.5||See Reviews||$16.95|
|Fiddes & Sons Supreme Wax Polish||35||4.5||See Reviews||$18.75|
|Dover’s Clear Chalk Paint Wax||5||5||See Reviews||$17.97|
|Trewax Paste Wax, Clear||85||4||See Reviews||$13.99|
|Johnson Fine Wood Paste Wax||179||4.5||See Reviews||$11.35|
|Staples 212 Carnauba Paste Wax||6||5||See Reviews||$35.76|
|Real Milk Paint Carnuba Wax Paste||3||5||See Reviews||$14.99|