Minwax Regular Finishing Wax Review

By on May 3, 2014
Minwax Finishing Paste

I use furniture wax a lot. I mean a lot! Every piece of chalk painted furniture gets a good wax. Not long ago, I did a review of the Minwax dark wax and today, I’m going to talk to you a bit about the natural finish furniture wax.

The Minwax regular finishing wax is light in color as opposed to the Minwax 78600 which is a dark tinted wax. Since I like to do a clear wax first and then follow up with the dark wax, I typically keep both types of finishing wax on hand most of the time but my stock of natural finish is gone through quite a bit faster than the dark.

The latest purchase of this wax ran me about $12 and since I’m a prime member on Amazon, I get free 2 day shipping, so cost wise, this wax is far cheaper than the other brand furniture wax, such as Annie Sloan wax which is $28 for one can.

Just like with the darker wax, you will want to use use a natural bristle brush (read my review on the wooster wax brush) and with a very thin layer of wax on it, brush in a circular motion all over the furniture piece. I keep my wax layer fairly thin to avoid excess waste and the need to wipe off to much clumpy excess. The key thing to remember it to make sure to rub it in with your brush covering every surface. When you’re done applying it, you will want to go over it with a clean white rag and then buff it shortly after.

Wax by its very nature can be difficult to work with regardless of brand. It does take some getting used to and it can take some practice and experience to know when you have it fully covered…but not to much. This particular wax is fairly easy to work with but does dry a little faster than I would prefer so just be sure to work quickly and also don’t keep the lid off the wax for too long. It might be better to spoon a little bit out onto a paper plate while you work,

The finished result will give you a professional satin-like luster finish that will protect your furniture for a long time…though I do recommend re-waxing once a year or so, or whenever you see it needs it.


Cleanup is a snap with this wax. Like most other waxing products, just rinse your brush out with a little soap and water or you could even use some mineral spirits if you prefer. When you’re done with cleanup, be sure to hang your brush pointing down to keep the bristles shaped into a tight arrangement and pointing the right direction.

Minwax Natural Finishing Wax Specs

  • 1 lb. container
  • Works on any wood furniture, antiques, doors, and cabinets
  • Suggested to use one coat for painted surfaces and two coats for raw wood
  • Apply with a clean dry cloth
  • Dries in 15 – 20 minutes
  • Cleanup with mineral spirits or soap and water


I honestly have nothing but positive thoughts about the natural version of this finishing wax, especially if the reason you are looking at it is to save some money.

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About Misty Spears

I absolutely love all things DIY, especially when it comes to decorating my own home. I’m a thrift store junkie and my head just explodes with ideas to repurpose old junk into something practical and beautiful when I come across that perfect treasure. I’m a wood furniture rebel and try to paint every surface I can to bring color into my life. My life revolves around my family and enjoying every moment that life serves up to me. You can connect with me on Twitter @diyhomeinterior, Instagram @mistyspears and see my pins on Pinterest for a sneak peak into all the DIY projects I am working on and crazy life happenings.

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