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Recycled Wax

Postby ATTMFKH » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:00 pm

So , after many scrape offs etc over the years , I decided to recycle the wax - melted the wax, filtered out the shite / sand, skimmed off the verucca's etc.

Let it set in blocks and then cut into lovely Mr Zoggs sized chunks.

Looks OK , smells a bit footy, lovely beige colour but the problem is it is too hard.

Who knows their chemistry - would I be right in thinking if I add some turps / paraffin then the wax will be softer and stickier ?

Anyone done this & know what to add ?
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby Black » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:07 pm

I did the same and it was a bit hard, good for emergencies though.
I'm pretty sure turpentine or paraffin does the job.
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby Philshoz » Thu Nov 02, 2017 4:51 pm

They say the Scots are tight but recycling wax.. :o

I'll send you a bar J :wink:
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby Tomdiddlybomb » Thu Nov 02, 2017 6:07 pm

make a foot-scented candle instead? :?
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby Black » Thu Nov 02, 2017 9:30 pm

Veruccawax - nobody will ever ask to borrow it!
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby len » Fri Nov 03, 2017 9:25 am

yeh share it with your mates give em all verrucas . but dont tell em
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby ATTMFKH » Fri Nov 03, 2017 3:34 pm

Philshoz wrote:They say the Scots are tight but recycling wax.. :o

I'll send you a bar J :wink:


That's after Harkii reminded me it was my turn to but the wax for me , him & the Janny - £37.50 delivered !!

p.s. My parents are both Irish :-)
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Re: Recycled Wax

Postby insideout » Fri Nov 03, 2017 6:22 pm

Hey mate I have a PHD BTEC Hons Level Three in Surf Science. I'd recommend melting the wax in a saucepan, gas mark 5. Once its suitably melted i'd mix some vaseline in at a ratio of 1:6 / vaseline:wax.

The vaseline helps to reduce the surface tension/friction of the paraffin wax molecules, allowing them to absorb the petroleum molecules. This absorbing process should be allowed to continue for approximately 30 minutes @ around 60oC to ensure the elasticity molecules are fully saturated with the correct ratio (1:6) of petroleum molecules.

At this point you can also add in food colouring to colour the wax to your desire. I used to let the wax cool slightly, but not too much that it wouldn't pour. I used to let it set in the fridge in an old plastic 'Flora Spread' tub. Best if you leave some spread in there as it aids the wax removal once its set.

I'd allow it to set for approx 24hours in a fridge before attempting to use it.
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