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Hi there,

I've melted down and processed old wax foundations to use to wax our new plastic foundations. I melted it down in water, scraping the floating wax off the top, and poured it through cheese cloth. I've repeated this process a fair amount of times. It's still quite dark.

I can't find too much, if any, information on if it's a super no no to use this wax to wax our new plastic foundations.

Any suggestions, or does anyone have experience with using very dark wax on foundations?

Thanks in advance!
 

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Properly cleaned beeswax is varying shades of yellow, from the almost creamy color of capping wax, to the orangey yellow of old brood comb. If yours has turned a brownish tan, you overheated it and there is no way to get it yellow again. However, If you used water every time, I doubt that is the problem. Truth is, to wax frames, the wax does not have to be very clean at all. I generally will do the first render to get rid of the cocoons and propolis, and then a second to get the small stuff to form a layer on the bottom. After that is scraped off, it goes into the crock pot for melting and painting on my starter strips or plastic foundation.
 

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Franklie,
I did much the same thing this spring. I boiled down old dark comb in water as you have done, but didn't bother any more than running it thru a tight strainer, then cutting off any junk that settled on the bottom after it solidified. Used it to coat 100 ritecell mediums and the bees didn't file any complaints.
 
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