Wax & Oil for Colour & ShineAfter grinding the surface, many stones only develop their colour and shine through a wax or oil treatment. This is true for soapstone, serpentine, alabaster and some limestones. Because of their open structure and low hardness, they cannot be polished like marble.
What effects can be achieved with wax & oil?Impregnating oil deepens the colour on soapstone, serpentine and alabaster.
Wax polish e.g. on a beeswax basis intensifies the colour and gives soapstone, serpentine, alabaster and limestone a silky sheen. So that the wax polish can be absorbed more deeply and the colour of the stone comes out even more, soapstone and serpentine can be warmed up with a hairdryer before application. Attention: Alabaster and limestone must not be heated! Beeswax polish is suitable for indoor sculptures. In principle, wax polish should not be combined with impregnating oil.
Stone wax is also recommended for sculptures that are placed outdoors. Stone wax can be combined very well with impregnating oil – this intensifies the colour and gives the stone a beautiful shine. Neither stone nor stone wax should be heated before application so that the wax does not dry out too much.