Butcher's wax

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Butcher's wax


[Johnson Diversey] A registered trademark for wax blend first sold in 1880 in Boston by C. Butcher. Butcher's wax, also known as Bowling Alley wax, is a blend of wax carnauba and wax microcrystalline waxes blended with spirits mineral spirits and (oil) turpentine. Also called Butcher's wax, Bowling Alley wax has been used to clean and polish wood floors, furniture, metal, leather, and musical instruments. It has also been used on outdoor sculpture as a protective coating over Incralac.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Bowling Alley Paste wax (common name); Butchers paste wax; Clear paste wax; Boston Polish

Other Properties

Soluble in turpentine, mineral spirits.

Butchers: MSDS

Melting Point ~ 75

Additional Information

Butcher's Wax: Website


  • G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 148
  • Marie Svoboda, Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997
  • Conservation Support Systems, Conservation Support Systems, Catalog, 1997
  • Product Information Comment: from can label, 1999

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