When selecting a wax polish for your fine antique furniture, we recommend considering the environmental impact of its manufacture and disposal, its effect on indoor air quality, and its durability.
"Our intention is not to compete with any other brand, but to simply make the best beeswax polish we can"
We only use the local beeswax from Buckfast Abbey. Beeswax has been used for centuries as a water-proof, air-tight protective sealant that helps bring out the natural patina and leaves wood silky-smooth to the touch.
That being said, beeswax alone doesn’t offer quite as much protection as lacquers, shellacs, varnishes and oil finishes. A pure beeswax finish is softer and typically won't last as long as some other products. That is why we blend it with the finest carnauba wax. This is another natural wax, produced by the copernicia cerifera tree to protect its leaves from water, pathogens and UV radiation. As the hardest of all natural waxes with the highest melting point it helps Gilboy's Gold to provide a deep deep shine with a strong, highly water-resistant and longer-wearing protective finish.
In July 2017 after much research and development, we improved the UV protection further by incorporating Myrica wax into our special blend of natural waxes. Wax Laurel (morella pubescens) is a small shrub-like tree that grows at high altitudes (above 1,800m/6,000ft) in the Andes. It has been used by rural communities settled in the southern region of Colombia for centuries. It is a fast growing, resistant and adaptable tree that colonises areas with poor and eroded soils. This makes it an ideal species for environmental restoration in places that have been degraded. It produces a wax that covers its berries to protect them against the moisture loss and extreme environmental stresses that life at such altitudes demands. What we were interested in was how the wax protects the berry from the increased UV exposures at high altitude and how this property could provide your furniture with improved protection from sun-bleaching. [read more about myrica wax]
To make Gilboy's Gold easy to apply we soften our blend of waxes with pure pine turpentine. Once you have applied the wax polish, the turpentine evaporates leaving a strong protective layer of our blend of waxes ready for you to buff to a deep shine. Pure turpentine is made from nothing but the sap of pine trees. Unlike petrochemical alternatives, pure turpentine has a wonderful pine aroma, so we have no need to add synthetic chemical scents.
All polishes contain a carrier, or solvent, which preserves the polish in the container and evaporates as it dries. Unfortunately, price pressures in the consumer market has driven most of the major brands of furniture polish to resort to using cheap petrochemical solvents and artificial chemical scents in their wax polishes. Toxic and polluting ingredients such as xylene are common solvents; carcinogens such as arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium are sometimes used as drying agents in linseed oil and toxic glycol ethers may be used as solvents in many water-based sealers. Other polishes may also contain additives to speed drying or provide fungicidal properties. All these elements contribute to a polish's environmental impact.
Polishes vary greatly in their durability and ability to protect wood from heat, water, and chemicals. As restorers of fine antique furniture we have always taken great care to use traditional techniques and the best natural materials we can find. We eventually resorted to making our wax polishes using nothing but the finest natural ingredients without cutting corners for cost purposes.
The best wax polish deserves to be looked after itself. So we supply Gilboy's Gold in glass clip-top Kiln jars with hand-cut non-perishable Viton seals and every jar is shipped in suspension packaging that can be reused to send your empty jar back and claim our 25% Return & Refill discount.