A coat of paste wax is a good way to protect surfaces such as wood, metal, or leather. It’s also a good way to renew the shine on dull, worn finishes. However, to be effective, it’s important to apply a thin, even coat of wax to the entire surface. Here’s an easy way to go about it:

  1. Use a putty knife to scoop out a golf ball sized chunk of paste wax from the can.
  2. Deposit the wax in the center of a 6” square piece of double layered cheesecloth.
  3. Gather the corners of the cheesecloth together, and twist the cloth into a ball.
  4. Rub the cheesecloth ball on the surface so the wax penetrates through the cloth and leaves a thin film.
  5. Allow the wax to dry on the surface for a few minutes.
  6. Buff the surface with a clean, soft cloth to remove any excess wax and bring out the shine.

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Joe Truini

Joe Truini

Radio Show Co-Host

Joe Truini is a contractor, author, and the host of “Simple Solutions” on Today’s Homeowner TV and the weekly Today’s Homeowner radio show. He has worked on both large commercial projects and residential remodeling, and has written for national publications such as This Old House and Popular Mechanics. He has also written eight books, including three best-selling shed-building books. Joe lives in Connecticut with his family and enjoys hiking, traveling, and baseball in his spare time.

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