Warwick Wax

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RETSAMPALS, Sep 27, 2001.



    Sep 10, 2000
    i purchased a warwick a while ago and i didn't get any of the weekly beeswax with it. Does anybody know where i can order it? and how often is it supposed to go on? what happens if i don't apply it?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
  3. BTW when you use the wax, your whole room smells clean. I cure my Warwick at least every string change, which is quite often.
  4. virtual.ray


    Oct 25, 2000
    any Warwick that has a satin or gloss finish doesn't need the wax.Only the oil finish models like the Thumb need it.See the Owner's Manual.
  5. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    The wax is the finish that Warwick uses on some of their basses. If you have a small dent or scratch you can use steam to raise the dent, sand it smooth and apply the wax and the finish is like new. It is a bit of trouble to wax the bass as often as recommended but how many other basses have finishes so easily touched up?

  6. ColonelZulu

    ColonelZulu Not Impressed By Those Who Flaunt “Authority” Supporting Member

    Apr 14, 2001
    As to what happens if you don't apply it...exposed wood may possibly crack due to changes in temp and humidity. The wax serves to prevent this. I normally clean mine first with a citrus cleaner to get all the gigging smells off of it. Changing strings is a good time to do it. I usually apply some every month or so, depending on how often I use it.
  7. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    musician's fiend has it. If your bass has a gloss finish you don't need it. But if it is the oil finish you do. about once a month and I'm over due to wax mine.
  8. Wait a second here! what is this I hear about raising dents? how come I;ve never heard this before? and how can I do it!?!
  9. A few drops of water is all it takes to raise a dent in wood. I think this only works on oil finishes though. If that doesn't work then place a folded rag and heat it with a soldering iron. Be careful though.

    btw. Only use the folded rag/iron method if the wood is wet and the first method didn't work. The water is what makes the wood rise.
  10. Chuck M

    Chuck M Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    San Antonio, Texas
    Raising a dent on a wax finished Warwick is easy. I use a damp washcloth and a regular clothes iron. The iron needs to be only hot enough to make steam when placed against the damp (not soaking wet) washcloth.

    Place the washcloth over the dent and simply "iron" it. Be carefull not to leave the iron in one place too long or you may burn the wood. After the dent is raised, you will notice that the wood feels sort of fuzzy in the area penetrated by the steam. Woodworkers call this "raising the whiskers" in the wood and you'll need to lightly sand the area with 600 grit sandpaper to get it smooth again. Now the color will look different because there is no wax on the wood. Rub in a good coat of wax in the area
    you've worked on and then put a good coat of wax on the entire instrument to even things out.

    Small scratches can be eliminated by simply sanding them out and then applying wax.

    I once bought a Thumb bass very cheap because the former owner had not kept it waxed and the body had a crack in it. I called Warwick and a tech told me to repair it in this way:

    1. Use Acetone to remove the wax finish from the area around the crack.

    2. Sand the area with 400 grit paper to produce enough sawdust to gill the crack.

    3. Set up the dust with super glue.

    4. Sand the area smooth with 600 grit.

    5. Apply the wax finish.

    The repair looked like simply a dark area in the grain of the wood.