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Blackening with Bees Wax


Can anybody help me with blackening 2mm mild steel sheet with bees wax e.g temperature etc. About 500 square meters to do.

Duane Detering
- Melbourne, Australia


In my experience, you don't actually blacken with Bees Wax, you use black oxide on steel. Bees Wax will help preserve whatever finish is under it and darken that somewhat. Any cotton rag or buffing wheel works well and it should be applied evenly and cleanly. rub it until is noticeably and evenly absorbed by the material. It is easier if its warmer, but room temp is all we've ever used. (We've done this finish for several museums pieces). 500 square meters sounds like a machine buffing job.

Kurt L
- Brklyn NY

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