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APPLICATORS

There are many different type applicators that may be used with BRIWAX. These include cotton cloth, steel wool, synthetic scrub pads, and bristle brushes. The applicator is important because, at the same time the applicator is applying BRIWAX, it is acting like a vacuum cleaner and picking up the loosened dirt and old finish that is being removed.

Since BRIWAX has no caustics or abrasives whatsoever, the degree of cleaning or finish removal action is determined by the type and texture of the applicator used for the job. Using a coarse applicator will remove finish and replace it with Briwax.

CLOTH
BRIWAX is most often applied with a cloth because all that is needed, in a particular surface, is the application of a durable wear layer. The same cloth used for application can be used for wiping off the excess wax and buffing out the luster finish. The best type of cloth to utilize is of a cotton content. Bar towels, kitchen towels, 100 % cotton t-shirts and diapers are excellent. This type fabric has the ability to generate its own heat through friction as it is being rubbed briskly over a surface. Other types of cloth are being used, however not with the same results. Synthetic fabrics such as panty hose do not have the absorption capacity of cotton and will not pick up the excess wax as readily. Many instances of fingerprinting and smearing are a direct result of the use of synthetic cloth instead of cotton cloth.
STEEL WOOL

Should the use of a cloth, to apply BRIWAX, prove unsatisfactory to remove the deterioration, it is suggested that a coarser applicator be used. Steel wool is very well suited to the total reconditioning properties of BRIWAX. Wool pads are available in varying textures of coarseness and allow the BRIWAX user full control as to how much finish will be removed.

Select a finer grade of steel wool than you think you need. As you apply the BRIWAX, observe what is happening to the finish. If the finish is being removed too fast, then change the wool to a less coarse texture. If the finish appears to be slow in removing, then select a coarser texture wool to complete the lob.

Whenever working with any steel wool, care should be taken as you are attempting to recondition the original finish, not to remove it entirely. The BRIWAX will act as a lubricant to the wool pad to lessen scratches and with a light finger tip side-to-side wrist motion will insure beautiful results.

SYNTHETIC SCRUB PADS

Several companies, two being 3M and Purex, manufacture a synthetic scrubber pad. These are being marketed as either substitute steel wool or the more familiar scrubber sponges. These pads are being better received by the marketplace as they are not as messy as steel wool and can be rinsed out with hot water and reused. At present these pads are only available in two textures for the home market: fine (white) and coarse {green). In the commercial market the synthetic pads have a larger range of textures offering the commercial user five different grades of coarseness. In a high percentage of usage applications, It is preferred to use the synthetic pad instead of steel wool, as the synthetic pad does not have as great of potential of scratching the surface.

SCRUB BRUSHES

On large wood surfaces such as wall paneling, floors, cabinets, etc., it is recommended to use a scrub brush. The application procedure is the same as with the other types of applicators. Utilizing a scrub brush you will be able to cover a larger area quick and more efficiently. Scrub brushes are available in both natural bristle and plastic bristle. Both are especially effective as applicators, however, you should be cautioned that some plastic bristles will react chemically to the petroleum distillate in BRIWAX and melt the plastic. Scrub brushes, also, have a unique application use as they are able to get the BRIWAX into and then out of corners, carvings and other hard-to-get-at places.

MECHANICAL APPLICATORS

Mechanical applicators have become a decided benefit to man as they are able to effectively perform a job over a large area in very little time. Commercial buffers have progressed to the point that they are able to reduce labor significantly. When applying BRIWAX with a mechanical applicator care should be taken in the selection of the application material itself. Whether you decide to use a synthetic pad, polishing brush or steel wool will depend entire upon the surface you are going to work on. Through experience we have found that the mechanical application of BRIWAX to a floor can only be done with a low-speed buffer (175 R.P.M.) with a polishing brush attached. Evaluations were done using high speed buffers and/or synthetic pads. The results demonstrate that too much heat from friction was being generated and was causing the BRIWAX to burnish and become slippery, steel wool has been used successfully on wood floors that have become extremely deteriorated from dirt and no maintenance. In these situations it is likely that the protective varnish has been worn away and as a result the BRIWAX is being absorbed by the wood and will not cause slippage. As the job proceeds you will observe a build up of BRIWAX in the bristles of the brush. This is easily corrected by flicking the bristles with a screwdriver and knocking the wax loose and reusing the brush again and again. Hand held mechanical applicators can be affixed with a brush and are extremely effective in maintaining wood paneling and cabinetry. The 1/4 inch drill with a buffing pad attached is excellent for final buffing of BRIWAX. Again you will observe the build up of BRIWAX in the pad, remove the pad and wash in hot water to make it reusable again.

CLEAN APPLICATORS

Clean applicators are very important. Always use a clean portion of the steel wool pad or buffing cloth. As you work the BRIWAX you will notice that a build up will form on the applicator. This is all of the old wax and dirt and finish from the piece you are working on. If you don't use a clean portion of the applicator you will be moving all of the old dirt and wax around the surface of the piece instead of picking it up into the applicator. Clean applicators will also ensure that the cleaning solvents have time to assist the new coat of BRIWAX you are applying.


NORMAL MAINTENANCE

Normal maintenance for a BRIWAX-ed surface is a wipe with a soft, clean, lint-free cloth. No furniture sprays are ever needed, because the shine keeps buffing back without it. With no oily spray to trap dust, the dust just wipes away in half the time. Should buffing not bring back the luster you once had, just moisten a soft cloth with some fresh Briwax and apply as described earlier to renew the Briwax finish. All this with no wax build up ever. In serving areas where food spills and airborne grease are a problem, a general purpose spray cleaner can be used without damaging the Briwax coating. Wipe area clean and buff with soft clean cloth to bring back to shine. BRIWAX is compatible with most finishes like varnish, lacquer, etc. The soft cloth application described earlier is recommended. Some finishes due to age or quality may not be compatible with BRIWAX. It is recommended to test a small hidden area with a cloth and BRIWAX first. It is important when applying BRIWAX to protect a varnish or like finish to allow maximum curing time for the finish (for example, 4 weeks for poly urethane)

 

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