//Soapstone Sealer & Wood Wax FAQ

Soapstone Sealer & Wood Wax FAQ

What do you use to apply Real Milk Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax?

Keep it simple. Grab a soft, lint-free cloth (the inside of an old sock works surprisingly well) and get to work. No brushes, rollers or foam applicators, please.

How long does it take to dry?

Real Milk Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax dries to a hard finish in about 5 to 7 days, but a full cure can take anywhere from two weeks to a full month. Until you hit the initial one-week mark, it’s crucial that you keep the project surface free from water, soap and heavy objects to protect the final finish and let the oil-based sealer do its job.

Is Real Milk Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax just for soapstone and wood?

Nope! You might already know that you can use our sealer and wood wax on soapstone and wooden countertops, but it’s also great for cutting boards, cast iron, concrete, tools and rusted metal. If you have a workshop table or an old wood stove that needs attention, this sealer could be the product you’ve been searching for.

I can’t have nuts. Will I have an allergic reaction to the walnut oil in your sealer?

In the 10 years this product has been on the market, we’ve never had a consumer report an allergic reaction. Because the walnut oil we use is cooked and polymerized (breaking down the proteins into small, easily utilized pieces), a reaction is less likely. That said, individual tolerance varies, and some people may be more sensitive than others, so we always recommend caution, especially if you’ve reacted to nut-based products in the past.

Can the sealer be applied too thickly?

Yes and no. It’s absolutely possible to apply an overly thick coat of sealer, but as long as you wipe off the excess within 30 minutes, you won’t need to take extra steps such as using paint thinner to strip off the extra layer.

How often does Real Milk Paint Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax need to be reapplied?

Reapply whenever the finish seems to be wearing down. In short, reapply only as needed.

How do I prep the surface before applying? Can the sealer be applied over mineral oil?

Mineral oil and walnut oil don’t mix, so we recommend using soap or a paint or mineral thinner (our Citrus Solvent works well) to remove mineral oil before applying our sealer. The same strippers can be used to prep the surface of your project piece to remove any other waxes or oils that might prevent the sealer from working properly.

How do I clean a surface that’s been sealed?

Stick with gentle soap and water. Harsh cleaners and acid-based products could eat away at the finish.

How do I store my Real Milk Paint Soapstone Sealer and Wood Wax?

We recommend keeping the product in its original packaging and storing it in the fridge. Avoid extreme cold or heat. Follow those suggestions and your container could last for years.

2018-09-21T12:24:54+00:00September 21st, 2018|Tips & Techniques|

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