Hard Wax Oils are a blend of natural oils and waxes that provide a hard wearing finish to internal woodwork and will not peel or flake. Their ease of application and durability makes them a popular choice for flooring as the finish is robust enough to withstand foot traffic in a domestic setting. They are also compliant with the EN71 safety standard for use on children’s toys and are resistant to the typical spillages that might occur around the house.
Hard Wax Oils don’t need priming before use and can be applied (thinly!) with a brush or cloth. Once dry, they will leave a lightly waxed appearance in a variety of sheens from gloss to dead matt.We sell three brands:
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Osmo’s Polyx Oil..
is made from natural plant oils and waxes in a solvent base.
Fiddes Hard Wax Oil..
is very similar in concept to Osmo and blended from natural oils and waxes, also in a solvent base.
Liberon Hard Wax Oil...
is based on Tung Oil and Carnauba Wax and is available in clear satin or matt finishes but is water-based, so it will not alter the original colour of the wood. This makes it ideal if you want retain a more ‘unfinished’ appearance. Being water-based it is particularly suitable for use in humid areas such as kitchens or bathrooms where the solvent-based oils would benefit from a water resistant undercoat. Unlike the other brands, it is necessary to sand between coats using a 240 grit abrasive.
In summary, Hard Wax Oils are an easy application, low maintenance option for floors and general wood finishing. They give a natural feel whilst looking fantastic, and also make it easy to transform the wood finish with relatively little effort.