Renaissance Wax

Renaissance wax polish was originally formulated in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950's, in response to a discussion amongst museum technicians at an international conference on fine-art conservation.

In accelerated ageing tests, the British Museum scientists found that all current commercial waxes based on the usual natural waxes (beeswax and carnauba wax) contained acids which, in time, could spoil original finishes on national historic collections. He rejected them all and investigated the new so-called 'fossil' or microcrystalline waxes being refined out of crude oil. With their distinct characteristics depending on their geographical origins, the new, man-made waxes could be accurately blended to meet the needs of many industries, from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to engineering. Thus, the waxes combined nature's best qualities with the advantages of modern technology.

The blend which emerged from that research was 'designed for long-term protection of all classes of museum exhibits. At last, museum technicians and others caring for important collections could use wax polish that neither caused future conservation problems nor detracted from the intrinsic values of their treasures.

  • Crystalline structure which is much finer than natural waxes
  • Highly moisture resistant
  • Remains as clear as glass when applied
  • PH neutral, free from damaging acids
  • Can be used on practically any surface including; wood, brass, copper. steel or precious metals
  • Dirt can be cleaned from the wax surface using soapy water. This will not remove or affect the wax
  • Can be completely removed from a surface by using white spirit
  • Available in 65 to 200ml tins
  • Made in UK
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