After the success of my last post discussing Old Gold and Antiqued Brass I thought I would keep with the same theme and talk about Beeswax and Matt Black finishes. It is one of the most common questions we hear ‘what is the difference between Matt Black and Beeswax?’ Well, all shall be revealed…

Matt Black is our most hard wearing and uniform finish. It involves the process of the product being blasted to smooth out any imperfections and the paint is then baked on to create a heard wearing finish. The advantages of Matt Black are that it is suitable for outdoor use and can withstand all weathers. It is a striking and bold finish and is perfect for creating a simple yet effective look.

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Beeswax is a natural finish and is fantastic for creating that traditional and rustic look – the best way to describe it is that it resembles a soft charcoal look. The process of achieving this differs greatly to Matt Black because the item is heated until the steel darkens and then every piece is individually hand dipped into hot beeswax. As the beeswax cools and hardens it gives that traditional wrought iron effect. This is a process of finishing metal that was first used in the tudor times. Something to note is that it is not suitable for outdoor use or any area that may be slightly damp as it may cause the item to rust however, with its softened wax effect it is easy to see why it is such a popular choice.

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One of our craftsmen hand finishing a Beeswax curtain pole

In short, althought they both may appear black at first glance, they are infact, very different. If you would like a hard wearing and uniform finish then Matt Black is your best choice. However, if you are looking for a more natural and rustic looking finish then Beeswax is the perfect one.

If you have any of our products in Beeswax or Matt Black then please feel free to send me an email and show them off to clare.mayhew@jim-lawrence.co.uk. We love to see our products in their new homes!

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