A SWEDISH ORGANIC, NON-TOXIC PRODUCT
Guinevere Organic Oil Wax is preferably used as the sole surface protection on finely sanded wooden surfaces. It leaves a silky matt surface whilst emphasizing the woods own beauty. The additional gloss is achieved by applying more layers.
Ingredients: Wax from the Arctic Bearberry Plant (Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi), Beeswax and Swedish Linseed Oil. Dries in 2 – 4 days, curing time 2 weeks. It is non-toxic in whatever stage of drying.
A layer of resistant wax covers the Arctic Bearberry plant’s small evergreen leaves. The leathery, slightly glossy leaves are filled with wax that protects the plant against extremely cold, barren and windswept mountainous Arctic weather conditions with its short summers and long freezing winters. To make Guinevere oil wax, the Bearberry plant is specially harvested in Sweden’s mountains above the Arctic Circle.
We use Guinevere brush sleeves and cloth sleeves to polish the oil-based wax. The inspiration behind Guinevere’s organic oil wax was to provide maximum surface protection, leaving the exterior untouched and natural looking as possible, while still leaving a velvet finish.
Guinevere Organic Oil Wax is best used after final sanding the workpiece with the Guinevere sanding sleeves.
Application: It is preferable to first gently heat the wax with a hot air gun or hair drier. Let the wax cool and wipe off surplus. Apply the wax onto the wood, leather or horn with a soft cloth, paper towel or tissue paper. Use a Guinevere brush sleeve to evenly spread and rub the wax into the pores of the wood. After drying, 2-4 days, continue to wax the surface with the brush sleeve. For higher gloss, apply additional layers. Polish with Guinevere cloth sleeves or cotton mop. Covers approximately 19-26 square feet (6-8 m2 square meters). Correctly applied, the oil penetrates down into the wood while the wax stays on the surface and protects against moisture and dirt and gives a silky matte finish.
Safety warnings: Flush or burn used paper and keep rags and sleeves in a sealed glass jar for disposal. Failure to dispose of used materials properly may cause spontaneous combustion.
Further Guinevere instructions are available at www.katools.com
Applying Guinevere oil-based wax
Guinevere oil-based wax is primarily intended as a surface treatment on products that have undergone final finishing according to the Guinevere method. This is a relatively basic surface treatment method that gives a silky matt surface and emphasizes the woods own beauty. The oil-based wax contains Swedish cold pressed linseed oil (dries well) that penetrates into the wood and beeswax and wax from arctic bearberry ( Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi) that forms a protective layer on top of the wood. The surface is waxed using Guinevere brush polishing sleeves. (Read the section “Waxing or polishing” above for a detailed explanation.) The oil-based wax is completely toxic free and can be used on objects that come into contact with food.
1) Rub in the oil paste in a thin layer across the entire object preferably using kitchen paper or toilet paper. Heat the oil paste with a hair dryer or hot air gun. Continue to rub in the oil paste and finally wipe off any surplus oil paste.
The heating process has several purposes. It softens the paste so that it penetrates deeper into the wood and at the same time it significantly shortens the hardening time. If you do not have access to a hair dryer or hot air gun the oil paste can also be melted by placing it in a jar, which is then placed in a saucepan and the paste will melt and becomes very easy to apply.
2) Let the oil paste cool off and dry for a couple of minutes and then carry out waxing using a Guinevere brush sleeve.
The object of using a brush sleeve at this point is not to increase gloss but to evenly spread the oil paste over the entire surface. Remember that the surface still is rather uneven even though you cannot see this with the naked eye. To increase gloss, wax the surface with a brush sleeve with the oil paste has dried and hardened a bit.
The oil paste dries relatively quickly and objects can be used as soon as the surface feels dry. The actual hardening time is, however, longer, about 2 weeks. During the period, the surface dries gradually and gives a better and better protective surface.
3) To increase the gloss further, and to improve the surface protection you can apply the Guinevere oil-based wax in one or more additional layers. The layers should be applied thinly and left to dry for a couple of days before the next layer is applied. The amount of layers differs depending on the type of wood. On wood that is not too porous a third layer of the Guinevere oil paste tends to settle as a film on the outside of the wood. Film formed surfaces should be polished with Guinevere cloth sleeves after they have dried and hardened.
There is a risk of cloths and paper saturated in linseed oil spontaneously combusting. You should flush any paper you have used when applying the oil paste down the toilet or burn it. Guinevere brush sleeves and cloth sleeves used to polished undried linseed oil/Guinevere oil paste should be kept in a fully sealed glass jar.