Using Briwax on finished wood . . .

It is always a good idea to test Briwax in an inconspicuous area of a piece of furniture first. Try it on the underside of a table apron, inside of a drawer or the inside of a table leg. Your test spot can let you explore color compatibility, finish and sheen level. Work in small areas at a time. You don’t need to worry about match lines – Briwax will blend every time!


If your piece is smooth and relatively clean, apply Briwax with a soft cloth – a small terry cloth towel works very well. Using the soft cloth, pick up a SMALL amount of Briwax. As the British would say, “use it sparingly”. Now, spread the Briwax onto your furniture as far as it will go – you’ll notice that the areas where Briwax has been applied will be dull.

You’ll want to rub to get Briwax into the pores / cracks / crevasses of the piece. You can apply Briwax in a circular motion, but always finish with the grain. Allow the Briwax to dry – usually within minutes. Now, with a clean, fresh cloth, buff the area. You should see a lovely sheen.

Now, move to the next section of the piece and repeat the process. If you don’t achieve the sheen you desire with the first application of Briwax, repeat it. The solvent that is in Briwax will dissolve the previous application – you’ll never have wax build-up!

If your piece is excessively dirty or has rough spots, you can apply Briwax using #0000 steel wool. Simply get a small piece of steel wool, pick up Briwax with the steel wool and rub Briwax into the piece. Don’t apply a lot of pressure, let Briwax work for you. The solvent in the product will clean the dirt off of the piece. Briwax likes a rough surface and needs something to hold on to!!

Remember . . .

  1. Use Briwax sparingly – a little goes a long way. For example, a 6 foot dining table top will require only about one tablespoon of Briwax!!!
  2. You’ll never have lap marks.
  3. If you can’t achieve a sheen, you have too much Briwax on your piece. But, remember, Briwax removes the previous application – and as strange as it may sound, apply more Briwax (sparingly) to remove the excess wax.
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