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Subject: Renaissance Wax

Renaissance Wax

From: Mark Vine <100436.3447>
Date: Thursday, May 11, 1995
Having distributed Renaissance Wax worldwide for several years all
without problem I felt the manufacturer might like to respond to
some of the remarks that had be made, the following comes with his
full permission:

    Renaissance Wax is--and always has been--made to the British
    Museum (Dr.Tony Werner) formulation since production started in
    1968 and samples had Dr Werner's approval several times over the
    following years.

    The production of Renaissance Wax involves the precise blending
    of microcrystalline and polyethylene waxes with the addition of
    white spirit at a precisely-controlled temperature to create a
    totally homogeneous paste. When stored at normal room
    temperature in its correctly capped container, the product will
    remain in perfect condition for many years.

    Should the product become too dry for use due to poor storage
    conditions(uncapped can, etc) a few drops of white spirit
    worked into the surface of the wax will help to revive it--but
    this procedure should not be followed as a matter of routine
    practise. Varying grades of white spirit and the lack of
    temperature control can have adverse effects on the paste.

    Another potential hazard is the presence on the subject surface
    of a polluting substance. It is important that surfaces should be
    thoroughly clean and dry before waxing with Renaissance. Other
    waxes, such as beeswax and carnauba wax in polish forms,should
    preferably be removed before use of Renaissance Wax. Atmospheric
    and handling pollution, dirt and grease will have penetrated the
    the surface of these waxes, obscuring fine surface detail.
    Renaissance Wax buffs to a glass-clear finish which does not
    discolour or age but enhances both visual and tactile
    characteristics of all surfaces.

    The components of Renaissance Wax ensure that cross linking does
    not occur, white spirit is most commonly used to reverse it,
    paraffin too can be used but will require more elbow grease (a
    British term for good hard work).

    Renaissance Wax was formulated by a world-famed conservation
    scientist for use by professional conservators and in the near
    30 years of international use in the field it has to our
    knowledge remained blemish-free'.

    It is perhaps further testament to the high regard conservators
    worldwide have for Renaissance Wax that just about every trade
    catalogue one picks up anywhere in the world will feature this
    wax, an honour rarely bestowed.

    Interestingly enough the product can also be found on the
    shelves of one of Europe's leading retail stores and this is of
    itself, I think, testament to the high regard Renaissance Wax is
    held in.

Mark G.Vine
Conservation Resources, England

                  Conservation DistList Instance 8:91
                   Distributed: Sunday, May 14, 1995
                        Message Id: cdl-8-91-001
Received on Thursday, 11 May, 1995

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