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 carnauba and microcrystalline waxes blended with Mineral spirits and 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


Butchers: MSDS

Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Soluble in turpentine, mineral spirits.
  • Melting Point = ~ 75 C

Resources and Citations

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  • Marie Svoboda, Conservation Survey Index, unpublished, 1997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