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Re: [BKARTS] Applying Renaissance Wax to Brushed Leather



I'm lost here.  Why would one want to use wax on this type of leather.  Seems pretty nonintuitive.


> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Peter Libaire" <peter@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re: [BKARTS] Applying Renaissance Wax to Brushed Leather
> Date:         Sat, 10 May 2008 12:50:26 -0400
> 
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> while i have never used renaissance wax, we can look at the other side of
> the puzzle - the leather.  lots of variables here.  "brushed" leather -
> you are referring to nubuk?  sueded top grain?  splits?  what is the
> tannage - veg, chrome, alum, other?  is the leather dry, oily, waxy?
> finshed, as in painted?  absorbent?
> 
> in general, leather is quite absorbent of oils and waxes.  the hair dryer
> will send the wax into the leather.  it is most unlikely that you will be
> able to get the wax out.  whatever level of wax has permeated the leather,
> your best bet may be to apply a similar level to the entire piece of
> leather.
> 
> since you have a "brushed" piece of leather, it may be possible to burnish
> the piece, and end up with a uniform look.
> 
> hot wax, burnishing, oils etc are often done at the tannery.  sometimes
> these are part of a desireable and valuable look.
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> > I applied Renaissance wax to brushed leather first with a finger, then a
> > cloth and both left a blotchy finish. I then tried heating the wax on the
> > leather with a hair dryer and buff the leather with a cotton cloth to
> > little if any good. I tried a search but did not really find anything of
> > use.
> >
> > Any suggestions on how to apply this wax and end up having a smooth even
> > looking surface?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > rj
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