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Question about rennaisance wax

Can rennaisance wax be applied with a tumbler? how does it hold up
to wear on the inside of rings and bracelets?

Thanks for any help
Sam Patania, Tucson

Can rennaisance wax be applied with a tumbler? how does it hold up
to wear on the inside of rings and bracelets? 

Renaissance wax is very much like high-quality paste car wax. A
tumbler wouldn’t do anything for applying it–it has to be rubbed on
with a cloth or paper towel.

It doesn’t seem to wear well on jewelry in my limited experience. I
have very acidic perspiration, and I absolutely can not wear
uncoated copper, bronze or brass in any form. Copper-based metals
turn black on me within a few minutes. I tried putting several coats
of RenWax on a copper bracelet to see if I could wear it that way. It
took about one day before the bracelet started to turn black. Then I
couldn’t get all of the wax off of the bracelet so I could clean it.
I ended up tossing it in the tumbler with medium abrasive and sanded
it down to bare metal before re-polishing it.

Kathy Johnson
Feathered Gems Jewelry

its just wax. very very good wax but its still wax. use it the
protect the outer surfaces but not agenst the skin. it may cause
irritation to the skin. by the way, i think it is the best cutting
agent available. i have used it on leather, saw blades, cutting
burrs, files, bronze finishing, brass, silver. the list never seems
to end. but it has a volatile substance that should not contact the
skin for to long.

I doubt that a tumbler application would work very well. as house on
jewelry, I would say most likely not too good, it is just a hard wax
and body oils would likely soften it. Expensive but VERY HARD
catalyzed poly urethanes might work well (check out PAR15 products).

john dach

Sam, Basically, no. It’s wonderful for things that are not handled
often but for contact pieces I have found that ProtectA Clear works
quite well. It is especially good at protecting patina and textured
surfaces. On highly polished surfaces it can “skin” off over time.
It has more of a matte finish which works better for preserving
patina than say, nitrocellulose lacquer.


Rennaisance Wax was recommended by two columnists in Lapidary Journal
Jewelry Magazine and it sounded worth trying. in the instructions i
found a caveat that explained its limitations better than hit and
miss applications: 'used by museums for displayed items '- precisely
how much handling do museum display pieces receive? not as much as
jewelry items in even one art show; i use it for certain display
situations and to perk up the surface of lapis i’ve cut and polished

  • after i spray the finished stone with a comet protective spray.

good luck -
think more now, regret less later.