Briwax Resource Centre

Welcome to the Briwax Resource Centre. You can access all the product information you need here and have the option to download product & safety specifications, images and colour charts for your perusal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between Briwax and Briwax Original?
A: Briwax Original wax polish uses a solvent known as toluene. Standard Briwax uses a lower odour, but equally effective solvent, that may be better suited to home-use.
Q: Can I use Briwax on a cot?
A: Briwax is made from natural waxes which in themselves are non-toxic. However, Briwax is not tested to Toys Regulations which is a requirement for finishes used on items which are to be used by children.
Q: Can I use Briwax over a stain?
A: Yes, provided it is a water-based stain.
Q: Can I use Briwax in a bathroom or kitchen?
A: Briwax, when subjected to moisture or direct water spills, will turn white. Therefore, we would not recommend it for areas of high humidity, or areas which could have water spillage.
Q: Can I use Briwax on a floor?
A: Briwax is primarily a furniture finish but it is used on floors by a lot of people. Maintenance would be higher than a varnish as it would require frequent re-buffing.
Q: Can I use Briwax on wooden floors?
A. Briwax is intended for use on occassional furniture and does not possess the greater wear resistance usually needed for flooring products. Use Briwax Floor Wax instead.
Q: Is Briwax Floor Wax available in colours?
A: Unfortunately no. You can use wood dyes on your floor first then apply Briwax Floor Wax. Alternately you can apply coloured Briwax standard wax polish as a colour coat, then build up the finish with Briwax Floor Wax.
Q: Do I need to use a sealer with Briwax?
A: It is not necessary to use a sealer under Briwax but an application of Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer will help produce a higher degree of sheen more quickly and also reduce the number of coats of Briwax which would need to be applied.
Q: When Briwax looks dull how can I restore the shine?
A: Buffing with a duster will normally restore the shine. If this fails a fresh application of Briwax will restore the finish.
Q: How long will the shine last?
A: Under normal conditions the shine will last for six to twelve months. It will lose its shine more swiftly in high wear areas or areas subjected to moisture.
Q: The Briwax has gone streaky after buffing. What is the problem?
A: This is normally caused by wet Briwax being worked into dry Briwax. For best results allow the Briwax to dry for about thirty minutes or so before buffing.
Q: Which colour gives an aged Pine look?
A: Medium Brown is normally used to give this colour. A darker shade can be achieved by using Rustic Pine.
Q: How can I remove Briwax?
A: Briwax can be removed by using Briwax Wax Removing Solution - following the instructions on the tin.
Q: Do I need to use Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer before applying Briwax wax polish?
A: Using Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer first is not essential, although its use does give a smoother, more even finish.
Q: Can I apply Briwax over painted surfaces?
A: Briwax should be applied to bare timber. It may attack previously painted surfaces, i.e. oil-based paints. In such cases it is advisable to test on an inconspicuous area first.
Q: Can I apply paint/varnish over Briwax?
A: As a general rule wax polishes need to be removed before any refinishing by sanding back to bare wood and/or using Briwax Wax Removing Solution.
Q: Can I use wood dyes with Briwax?
A: Wood dyes must be used prior to application of Briwax Shellac Sanding Sealer and finally Briwax wax polish itself.
Q: Can I use Briwax on wooden worktops?
A: Briwax is not suitable for optimal protection of wooden worktops, additionally Briwax is not certified for food-contact safety.
Q: Can I use Briwax outside?
A: No, Briwax does not have the required water resistance for exterior use.
Q: Can I use Briwax on a dining room table?
A: Briwax is mainly intended for use on joinery, interior doors and occassional furniture and could be damaged in this application. Briwax is not certified as food-contact safe.
Q: My tin of Briwax has become liquid? Is it still useable or can it be recovered?
A: Being based mostly on Beeswax, Briwax may soften or possibly liquify if stored in warm conditions. However it should normally be possible to reconstitute the wax by chilling in a fridge for a couple of hours.
Q: Does Briwax Granite & Marble Wax have any harmful effects on Marble?
A: No, as a rule organic solvents do not have deleterious effects on stonework.
Q: What are the differences between Briwax Danish Oil and Rustins Danish Oil?
A: The main difference is that Briwax Danish Oil dries more slowly and to a much lower sheen level than Rustins Danish Oil.
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