Water spots on orange wax

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Forum topic by RusticElements posted 03-16-2008 07:33 PM 1013 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-16-2008 07:33 PM

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I like to use orange wax for spoon, cutting boards and such. For those not familiar with orange wax, it’s a combination of carnuba wax, beeswax and orange oil. I like it because it polishes to a shine and smells great.

Problem is, if you don’t dry it right away with a towel, you get water spots that can’t be buffed out. You can only get rid of them by re-waxing. Is there a way around this? Is there something better to use that polishes up shiny?

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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#1 posted 06-22-2008 05:12 AM

Try mineral oil (sold in drugstores). Waxed finishes will always make water spots so they’re no good for spoons and other utensils,cutting boards or bowls.

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#2 posted 06-22-2008 02:27 PM

Actually, I’ve been doing some experimenting since this post and have come up with a formulation that works much better. It comes to a shine almost as nice as the other orange wax, lasts much longer than plain mineral or other oils due to the wax content and has virtually no water spotting problem. It works great!

I used the Beeswax version on my beehive about 6 weeks ago ( I thought the orange scent may be disrupting to the bees). This is a picture I took this morning. It’s been through several thunder storms and several hot, sunny days and as you can see, it still looks like new.

I use the orange oil version on all the wooden utensils in my kitchen. I put the last coat on ~2 months ago and although I use these utensils frequently, some almost every day, they still don’t need another coat.

-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - - -

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