RENAISSANCE WAX POLISH

Renaissance wax polish was originally formulated in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950’s, in response to a discussion amongst museum technicians at an international conference on fine-art conservation.

In accelerated ageing tests, the British Museum scientist found that all current commercial waxes based on the usual natural waxes (beeswax and carnauba wax) contained acids which, in time could spoil original finishes on national historic collections of furniture.  He rejected them all and investigated the new so-called ‘fossil’ or micro-crystalline waxes being refined out of crude oil.  With their distinct characteristics depending on their geographical origins, the new ‘man-made’ waxes could be accurately blended to meet the needs of many industries, from cosmetics and pharmaceuticals to heavy engineering.  Thus, the waxes combined Nature’s best qualities with the advantages of modern technology.

The blend, which emerged from that research, was ‘designed’ for long-term protection of all classes of museum exhibits. At last, museum technicians and others caring for important collections could use a wax polish that neither caused future conservation problems nor detracted from the intrinsic values of their treasures.

Commercial production and distribution of the polish was ultimately undertaken in 1968 by the London-based company Picreator Enterprises Ltd.  under its trade name ‘Renaissance’.  The product was quickly accepted in the international museum world and has become a universally respected standard conservation material – probably the most widely specified because of its almost unlimited uses.

What makes Renaissance wax so different?

It has a crystalline structure much finer than totally natural waxes, a property that confers a highly efficient moisture resistance.  Countless statues and monuments in city streets are now protected by Renaissance wax from weathering corrosion.  Arms and armor, steel and kitchen equipment of brass and copper, in historic house museums, are kept bright and corrosion-free.

When thinly applied and rubbed out to full luster, the wax film is (and remains) glass-clear, with no discoloration either of the wax or the underlying surface.  Renaissance wax is free from acids (pH neutral) and will not damage even sensitive materials.  For example, photographs for exhibition or of historic value are waxed to protect the image from the natural acidity of hands or environmental pollutants.  The wax does not stain or darken even white paper.

On furniture or wood carvings the wax delicately enhances grain or ‘flame’ patterns.  It protects existing finishes such as French polish and it can be applied directly to sanded, unfinished hardwoods without need of sealers.  Waxing is the last process in hand-made furniture and in the creation of wood, stone or metal sculptures. But it is the first aspect to be appreciated by hand and eye.  The clarity and luster of Renaissance wax makes an instant visual appeal.  The silk-smooth touch of the matured wax film gives added pleasure, compared to the ‘drag’ of fingers leaving trails across the softer beeswax polishes.

No matter how often the wax is used there is no loss of clarity, so that fine surface detail is never obscured.  Repeated used of the wax deepens the luster, reflecting more light from surfaces and making them more ‘lively’.

RENAISSANCE MICRO-CRYSTALLINE WAX/ POLISH from England has been the #1 choice of major museums, art galleries and institutions for the preservation of their precious pieces.  Professional conservators, retailers, amateur restorers and private individuals throughout the world depend on Renaissance Wax to protect their collections and for home use.

CLEANS BEAUTIFULLY

Lifts oil, dirt and the murky accretions of other polishes.  The surface detail remains crystal clear through unlimited applications of this translucent wax.

  • Removes previous wax build-up
  • Reveals fine detail & wood grain
  • Non-staining, non-abrasive

RESTORES AND ENHANCES

Revitalizes and returns your objects to pristine condition.  Renaissance Wax buffs easily to a hard, transparent finish that will not discolor.

  • Renews fading colors and “tired finishes”
  • Retains matte finish when unpolished
  • Buffs to a high gloss
  • Reduces shine of new picture varnish

POLISHES AND PROTECTS

Guards your precious pieces against the damaging effects of humidity, heat, dust, environmental destruction, aging and ordinary wear.

Renaissance Wax provides a barrier against fingerprints and the devastation of water, wine, alcohol and other spills.  Due to its high moisture resistance, it forms a durable, lustrous protective coating.

  • Prevents tarnish, corrosion and “bloom”
  • Remains completely waterproof
  • Retards weathering on exteriors and objects exposed to climatic abrasion.

 

A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY…

AND LASTS A LONG TIME

Excellent spread-ability and indefinite shelf life make Renaissance Wax economical and convenient, even for very large objects and infrequent use.  A small dab goes a long way, unlike most waxes that need generous application.  Use a minimal amount of Renaissance Wax, rub lightly and buff.

The long-lasting preservation reduces the need for frequent maintenance.

  • Airtight container keeps wax in perfect condition
  • Easy to spread, no caking or drying out
  • Indefinite shelf life
  • No “polish” smell
  • No added fragrance to endanger material 

Renowned for its quality, consistence and reliability, Renaissance Micro-crystalline Wax/Polish is the premier choice in a field that requires materials of impeccable performance.

SAFE FOR ALL THESE                  USEFUL FOR THESE

MATERIALS:                                    PRODUCTS:

Wood - Raw & Finished                  Furniture -Antique & New

Leather                                                      Sculpture

Parchment & Paper                                    Inkjet prints

Metal                                                      Ceramics & Pottery

 -Silver & Silver plate                  Cutlery

 -Gold                                                      -Knives

 -Copper & Copper Alloys                  -Swords

 (Bronze, Brass, Tin, Zinc,                  -Armor

  German Silver, Nickel)                  Jewelry, findings, beads

 -Lead & Pewter                                    Carvings

 -Iron & Iron Alloys                                    Antiquities

 -Tin & Tin Alloys                                    Bibelots

 -Damascus                                    Hardware & sinks

Stone  * Marble                                    Wood Interiors

 -Onyx * Limestone                                    Fine Books

 -Granite * Brick                                    Clocks

 - Tile * Terrazzo                                    Paintings

 -Obsidian * Alabaster                  -Oils,Acrylics,Gouaches,

Gems                                                        Tempera, Alkyds, Oil

Glass                                                        Sticks, Martin’s Dyes,

Porcelain                                                        Pastels, India Inks

Holloware                                                      Photographic Prints

Bone, Ivory, Horn, Shell                  Carvings, Engraving,

& Mother-Of-Pearl, Gutta                    Scrimshaw

Percha, Dammars                                    Architectural Ornaments

Gilding & Gold Leaf                                    Dolls-antique & new

 -Patinas * Enamel                                    Automobiles  and

 -Lacquer * Japanning                    Motorcycles

 -Clouté * Posé d’Or                                    Boats and Yachts

 -Piqué point                                    Decoys                                         

 -Varnish * Marbleizing                  Golf Clubs

 -Stains & Artificial Graining                  Firearms

Plastics                                                      Frames

- Formicas                                    Kitchen cabinets,

 -Celluloid                                                      counters, appliance                  s

 -Bakelite                                                      Musical Instruments                                                         

 -Paints                                     And Much More!

 -Polyvinyl Acetates

 -Esters of Polymethyacryllic

-Polycyclohexanones

-Fiber Glass Epoxy Resins

And Much More!