About our waxes


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"

natural beeswax polish for fine antique furniture

 

We only use the local bees wax from Buckfast Abbey and our local bee-keeper 'Birdy'. 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.

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 toluene and 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 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 air-tight clip-top Kiln jars to ensure your wax never dries out. We even use a hand-cut leather seal to ensure it doesn't perish over time.