How to Use the Briwax Colors . . .

and some suggestions on how to use them . . .

Clear . . . use Clear Briwax when you wish no color on the finished item.  Clear Briwax is perfect for Granite or Marble. Use Clear on Corian or other hard surfaces like ceramic tile or cultured marble.  Clear Briwax is an excellent choice for table saw tops and other pieces of machinery that are subject to rusting. Artisans use Clear Briwax on metal sculptures.  Clear Briwax on your furniture will give you the protection of a wax finish with a lovely sheen, while adding no color.  Use Clear Briwax with confidence, knowing that it will never yellow!

Light Brown . . . use Light Brown Briwax when you don’t know what color of Briwax you really need.  Light Brown Briwax will be appropriate for 95% of the items or pieces in your home.  Light Brown Briwax has a hint of raw umber in the wax and is perfect for hiding minor scratches in any surface.  Light Brown Briwax will basically take on the color that you put it on.  It will be almost invisible. Light Brown Briwax is the Trade standard for Pine furniture in Europe.  In Europe, Light Brown Briwax is called “Medium Brown” or P7.

Dark Brown . . . use Dark Brown Briwax whenever you have a really dark finish and you wish to hide the scratches. You may have tried Light Brown first and found that the scratches did not disappear. This will tell you that Dark Brown Briwax is required to hide the flaws appropriately. Use Dark Brown Briwax on Primitives. Items like really old dough bowls, antique tools, old orange crates, etc. The Dark Brown wax will bring a life to the old and tired looking piece and show off the craftsman’s work to its full extent.  Use Dark Brown Briwax when you would like to tone-down the “red” in a piece.

Antique Mahogany . . . use Antique Mahogany on any and all reddish tone woods.  The red dye in the wax will bring out the grain and the red color in woods such as mahogany, cherry, rosewood.  Antique Mahogany gives Walnut a warm glow that you can see instantly.  Walnut rifle stocks come alive with an application of Antique Mahogany Briwax.

Golden Oak . . . use Golden Oak Briwax whenever you have a very light color or a yellow tone to the piece.  Golden Oak in Europe is called Antique Brown. Golden Oak is very light in color.  A Water Hyacinth or Rattan pieces can quickly be brought back to life with Golden Oak Briwax.

Ebony . . . use Ebony Briwax whenever you have a very, very dark piece or a piece painted black.  Ebony Briwax will easily hide the scratches in ebony wood used in clarinets or African art objects.  Use Ebony Briwax on black shabby chic pieces to keep the polished and interesting.  Use Ebony Briwax on raw wood to create a “fumed” look on Oak and Ash species.  Ebony Briwax on raw wood will give a “Charcoal” look to the piece, a dark gray.  Ebony Briwax on rusted metal will cause the piece to resemble a object d’art.

Tudor Brown . . . use Tudor Brown Briwax to darken pieces but not too much. Tudor Brown Briwax is basically a combination of Light Brown Briwax and Dark Brown Briwax with a little red thrown in.  Using Tudor Brown Briwax over a piece that has been finished with Light Brown Briwax gives a much richer look to the piece.

Rustic Pine . . . use Rustic Pine on all pine pieces to achieve the old European Pine look that is prevalent in magazines and movies today.  Use Rustic Pine Briwax if you do not care to age your pine the old fashion way.  Rustic Pine is a form of Light Brown Briwax with a hint of red thrown in.  Rustic Pine is gorgeous on “Heart Pine” floors and other old pine pieces.

Dark Oak . . . use Dark Oak Briwax whenever you are looking for a color that is lighter than Dark Brown but darker than Light Brown.  Dark Brown looks good on all older Oak pieces.

Teak . . . use Teak Briwax when you would really like to highlight the reddish browns in a piece.  Teak Briwax on Cherry wood looks outstanding and would be hard to duplicate with any stain.  Teak on Teak wood is a natural. Using Teak Briwax on all the interior teak of a yacht for instance will return the original look and feel of the trim, only better.

These suggestions are based on personal use of Briwax for over 20 years. During this time we have spoken with hundreds of craftsmen and artisans who have also used Briwax products and have shared their success with us.

You’ll find that you, too will achieve a near professional finish using Briwax – no matter which color you choose!

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7 Responses to How to Use the Briwax Colors . . .

  1. You have now sealed the wood with the clear Briwax and it will be difficult to obtain a darker color. You could at least try the darker Briwax and see if it meets your expectations. If not, you will need to remove the clear and reapply with the darker color Briwax.

  2. Artee says:

    Will the ebony wax darken furniture too? I have and old traditional style mahogany color bed/ furniture in solid wood. I was to cut out as much of the red as possible. Thanks!

  3. Yes, it will darken the furniture.

  4. You will really need to experiment to see which color will work best in your situation and on your cabinets. You have a particular look that you’re trying to achieve – so you’re the artist!! Try a couple of Briwax colors and see which one “solves your problem”.

  5. You have on much too much Briwax. You can remove some of the excess Briwax by applying more Briwax – remember that the solvent in Briwax removes the previous application. You could also remove Briwax with mineral spirits, which is also known as Paint Thinner.

  6. maggie says:

    I have just used the teak briwax on a oak set of drawers although they have turned out a lovely colour it’s not as dark as I want .Should I try the Walnut or mahogany?and will I need to sand it back again before reapplying

  7. If you want a darker color, you should use Dark Brown Briwax. Dark Brown Brown will NOT have any red tones in it as the Teak Briwax does. You do not need to sand – you can just apply the darker wax. Remember that the solvent in Briwax will remove the previous application of wax.

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