Some Answers from Bob, the Expert

Bob has been busy the last few weeks with questions about using the Briwax family of products.  We wanted to share some recent questions and hopefully the answers will help you to use Briwax to its full potential.  Please note that Bob’s response is in blue!

Question 1:  Hi Bob,  I have a maple bedroom set that is looking “orangy”.  Which shade of Briwax would be best to subdue that color?

The “orangy” look  you describe, is caused by the film finish applied 40 years ago. The film has aged and is probably showing it’s true color. (I am assuming that you would prefer not to strip off the old finish.)  To subdue the color you should start with Briwax Light Brown. You can always go over the Light Brown with a darker color Briwax if you need to.

And can I apply it right over the existing finish?  The set is probably 40 years old.

But before you start remember that the existing film finish is probably glass smooth and Briwax will just slide over the finish with little or no effect.  Try this method. Using 000 or 0000 steel wool, rub over the finish of your bedroom set to impart some microscopic scratches in it. You won’t be able to see them when you are done. If your are unsure of yourself, just do a small section first and inspect the results to determine if you like them. Now that we have a surface that the colored wax can cling to, wax the piece with Briwax Light Brown. The wax will fill in the scratches and impart the color to tone out the orange. Wait a minute or two for the solvent in the wax to evaporate and buff the piece with a clean cloth.

Question 2:   I have a bookcase painted antique white (oil based paint) and I’m wondering which Briwax color would give me the best “antiqued” finish.  Is teak too strong?

 I almost always like to start with Briwax Light Brown to antique a piece but my wife always likes to start with Dark Brown. What happens is she likes to get the darker color into the cracks and crevices first and then she goes over the whole piece with Briwax Light Brown to even it out. Either her way or mine works very well.   Visit our website: for more information.  You can see examples of Briwax used to antique painted pieces on the blog – search using the word “painted” in ‘Looking for Something’ in the right column.

Oh, Briwax Teak has a very reddish brown tint to it. I recommend it for Cherry or Mahogany to really enhance the color of these woods.  Type in the word “cherry” in ‘Looking for Something’  space in the right column.  






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