Hampshire Sheen: Discerning, Protective Finishes and Colours for Your Decorative Wood

20150916_133350Hampshire Sheen produces a glorious warm lustre that envelopes decorative turned wood in a quietly discerning and quintessentially English way.

Proj11_img00000016The Hampshire Sheen product range is a blend of danish oil, carnauba wax for a tough finish and microcrystalline wax for additional protection. Each pot of Hampshire Sheen in the UK and Europe is blended by creator Martin’s own hand, poured individually and allowed to cool slowly before labelling.

Hampshire Sheen Original and High Gloss are stiff paste waxes (think harder than what you are used to with other brands of paste wax) with a very high wax content to produce a finish that we believe is second to none. We don’t include any beeswax whatsoever as a softening agent as that would mean Hampshire Sheen would dull after some handling. The finish you get with Hampshire Sheen is the most resilient on the independent market. Due to popular demand though, Hampshire Sheen BeeLine Wax is our first product to feature a beeswax base.

There are now TWO new products in the Hampshire Sheen range.

Intrinsic Colours

Eleven new shades of colour developed and mixed by Hampshire Sheen developer Martin Saban-Smith in the workshop. Available in boxed sets of full size 250ml bottles and 15ml sample bottles and individual bottles of 250ml. The set includes Martin’s preferred Danish Oil to enhance the colours once dry. Each product comes with a handy colouring guide of the technique Martin uses to colour his work and there is also a 27 minute HD video downloadable from some retailers, too. There is more detail on Martin’s own website HERE.

Hampshire BeeLine Wax

I’ve listened to what people like in the way of finishes and have developed a one-of-a-kind beeswax finish that incorporates the softness and warmth of Beeswax and the robustness of microcrystalline wax. Together, the secret wax blend produces a gorgeous satin look and feel to decorative turned work.

Supplied in a 195g lever lid tin.


Hampshire Sheen Original

The original recipe for Hampshire Sheen brings a protective glow to your pieces. The product warms the wood, whilst the carnauba and microcrystalline waxes add a lustre to wood whilst making it splash and fingerprint resistant. Easy to apply, Original will make a great addition to your collection of preferred finishes. For use on decorative wood only.

Original Hampshire Sheen is available in 95g and 195g lever lid pots.

Hi-GlossHampshire Sheen High Gloss

As the name suggests, the High Gloss variation brings a higher shine to your decorative wood. work than Original. It is just as tough, but with an additional ‘Pow’ of shine that suits some lathe projects. With a higher quantity of carnauba and microcrystalline waxes, this version is stiffer than Original but is just as easy to apply. This is already many UK turner’s ‘go-to’ finish for their turned items.

High Gloss is available in 95g and 195g lever lid pots.

TiWaxHampshire Sheen Ti Wax

Ti Wax is a variation of a traditional liming wax but contains Titanium Dioxide to add ultra bright highlights to open grained woods such as Oak and Ash. After turning and sanding, and perhaps colouring, clean the grain with a brass brush (and sanding sealer, especially after colouring) and rub Ti Wax into the grain of the wood. Wait for it to dry, then buff off leaving the surface with a glorious shine and white grain patterns. You can then lightly overcoat it with Hampshire Sheen Microcrystalline for an even brighter, tougher finish. The carnauba and microcrystalline waxes are tough and hard wearing. In testing, no amount of hard rubbing with finger tips or cloth could remove the finish easily. For use on decorative wood only.

High Gloss is available in 195g lever lid pots.

MicroHampshire Sheen Microcrystalline Wax

Our quick drying Microcrystalline Wax is comparable to the market leader of microcrystalline waxes and is an ideal protective finish for many different projects and has many uses besides wood.

Both Fingerprint and water resistant, Microcrystalline Wax is a hard wearing overcoat to wax and other finishes for an extra level of gloss and protection to your decorative wood items.

Just a little of the product  goes a very long way, so use it sparingly!

Microcrystalline is available in 95g lever lid pots.

carnaHampshire Sheen CarnaCrystalline Wax Stick

The latest product in the range is a unique turners stick featuring both Carnauba and Microcrystalline waxes to produce an ultra glossy and hard wearing decorative finish, particularly to spindle work.

It goes on smoothly (it applies more nicely than a carnauba only stick), buffs wonderfully and lasts for ages.

The CarnaCrystalline stick is approx 31g.

US and Canada

Hampshire Sheen Original, High Gloss and Ti-Wax are available in both the USA and Canada, with the paste waxes being produced there, by hand, by two independent turners.