Renaissance wax polish was originally formulated in the British Museum research laboratories in the early 1950's, in response to a discussion amongst museum technicians at an international conference on fine-art conservation. Aside from art preservation its benefits have been noted in tattoo machine body preservation and care.
"I've been using renaissance wax with all of my meteorite, damascus and mokume-gane machines for a while now. properly applied, it instantly provides a completely clear, hard, protective finish that is a great addition to normal care of your whole collection, fancy or not. a very light coat, applied with a soft lint free cloth, then buffed to a matte sheen, once or twice a month will resist moisture and protect the finish on your machines, as well as just about anything else you collect...knives, furniture, leather, paintings, sculptures, guns, tools, etc., etc., etc. it's expensive, but a little goes a long way, and in my experience, it is well worth it."
What makes Renaissance wax so different? It has a crystalline structure much finer than totally natural waxes, a property that confers a highly efficient moisture resistance keeping materials bright and corrosion-free.
When thinly applied and rubbed out to full lustre, the wax film is (and remains) glass-clear, with no discoloration either of the wax or the underlying surface. Renaissance wax is free from acids (pH neutral) and will not damage even sensitive materials. The wax does not stain or darken.
No matter how often the wax is used there is no loss of clarity, so that fine surface detail is never obscured. Repeated use of the wax deepens the lustre, reflecting more light from surfaces and making them more 'lively'.
Note: A test must be carried out on a small, discreet area to ensure that the wax is suitable for use on that object. Number of coats of wax needed to protect the item will vary depending on the type of surface, how frequently it is touched and location. These factors will also determine the frequency of further maintenance required.