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    Default how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    i need to coat a few plastic foundations.. whats the easiest way with a limited amount of bees wax on hand..

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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    melt it in a very small container and brush it on, or feed the bees sugar syrup and let them do the work
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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    In the past I used the trim rollers you can buy at cheapo depot

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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    I use a foam brush. I tried a foam roller with pitiful results. I melt the wax in a saucepan outside with a bit of water in it (once melted, the wax just floats on top of the water and most of whatever crap is left in it sinks to the bottom). -js

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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    I agree with dixiebooks. Foam brush works well for me.
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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    You can just rub the wax across the cells if you have just a few to do.
    I did it with 20 drone frames I forgot to do and it seemed to work okay.

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    Default Re: how to coat a few plastic foundations with a limited amount of bees wax on hand

    Quote Originally Posted by mmiller View Post
    I agree with dixiebooks. Foam brush works well for me.
    yep. I've rendered the wax a few ways. Easiest is to get a large pot from Salvation Army or Goodwill. Then, mix cappings or comb with water in pot of water and keep stirring. Once melted, stir a little bit more and leave it overnight. Next day, there will be your mostly clean wax floating on top.

    Next, double boiler and pour melted wax through coffee filter or paint strainer.


    I then put the clean wax in double boiler and use the foam brush to brush on quickly. If you need was for just this and don't have enough, the craft stores usually have some beeswax and you can use a coupon to save money... Michael's was where I bought a big block for some candles before I rendered my own.

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