My Embellishing Wax Has Shrunk

When opening a tin of our Embellishing Waxes, you may find that the product appears to have ‘shrunk’ in the container. This occurs as the solvent starts to evaporate. A cold environment can also cause this to happen. The tin in the photos was produced in May 2021 and has shrunk before it was returned […]

Can Your Products be Used Over Dyes and Stains

Yes. All of our products can be used over dyes and stains from a variety of manufacturers. It is important to note that our wipe-on cellulose sealer may remove a little surface colour of some applied dyes or stains, but not (in our opinion) to the detriment of the final appearance. As it is not […]

Why am I getting streaks in my wax/sanding sealer?

Most of the time, this will occur when too much of the product is applied in one coat, or too much pressure is used when polishing it off. Waxes: Use less than you think you may need and remember that when polishing it after application, you do not need a lot of pressure – You […]

Are Hampshire Sheen Waxes Food and Toy Safe?

From February 2020, the Gloss Finishing and MicroCrystalline Waxes are safe for use on food contact items and use on toys. Our new manufacturer is making the products to meet necessary regulations in the UK, US, Canada, South Africa and Australia. The Danish Finishing Oil and Citrus Burnishing Oil we produce also comply to UK […]

My wax flaky when I apply it.

Yes, that’s fine. There is a very large proportion of wax in the mixture compared to the solvent and does sometimes come off the paper towel when you apply it. This can be caused by the age of the tin and also the temperature. It’s not a problem if you apply it in light coats, as […]

How long will my wax tin last?

As you need to use less than more ‘traditional’ finishing waxes, it will last longer than you think. It is best used within 12 months of purchase to ensure the best results possible. Martin’s own tins are perfectly good 18 months after opening. To keep the product in tip-top condition for as long as possible, […]

Can I Rejuvenate a Dry Tin of Wax?

If you have not used your tin for a while (see the ‘How Long Will My Tin Last FAQ), you may find the tin seems to have dried out. If this is the case, most of the time it is only the top few millimeters and the product beneath is fine to use. However, if […]

The contents of my wax tin is very stiff. Is that right?

That’s right, and it is perfectly normal – Hampshire Sheen is different to paste waxes you may have used before. There is no beeswax in any of the Hampshire Sheen paste waxes which makes for a stiffer product, ensuring you have a rock-hard finish – superior to others available. And less solvent is used in […]