Soapstone-mineral oil or wax?

cicely_2010May 7, 2010

My fabricator just e-mailed me an article from Dorado Soapstone recommending wax over mineral oil. What do you that already have soapstone think? What about the soapstone experts? Which is best? Has there already been discussion about this? Sorry if I am repeating.

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megpie77

You can use either. I prefer the Beekeepers Gold by William-Sonoma. It's a blend of beeswax and mineral oil. It seems to keep darker longer with this product. The oil is fine but for me it looks so blotchy when evaporating and it just seems too greasy. I can't find the beekeepers gold on their website but I bought mine at the store. It is a bit of a pain to put on, just fyi!

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:07PM
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cotehele

I used the bottle of mineral oil supplied by the fabricator. The finish does not last long and it doesn't have the soft dry feel the soapstone has. Several people (including Joshua) recommended beeswax and mineral oil by Clapham among other brands. Some people make it themselves. It lasts much longer (weeks vs. days) and feels soft and not oily. I do not mind the process of putting it on and polishing when it dries. If I am short on time, I'll do a counter a day.

Here is a link that might be useful: Clapham's on Amazon

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:52PM
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scrappy25

I have a sample piece from Philly soapstone that they put on both the oil and the wax for me two weeks ago. The oil has evaporated or disappeared but the waxed area is still dark and feels smoother. It didn't look hard to put on at all - she just dipped a cloth in the wax jar and rubbed it on for a few seconds. The only problem is that their wax has walnut oil and I have a child with peanut allergies so that may be a contraindication.
HTH

    Bookmark   May 7, 2010 at 8:52PM
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jcla

My counters are new. I oiled them the first time, but now I'm using the beeswax/oil combination. I love the silky feel of the counters.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 6:55PM
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morgne

I use my cooking oil so probably organic safflower. LOL!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 7:24PM
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katieob

Hi.

Per someone on here's rec (Pluckymama maybe?), I ordered the Dry Wax from Dorado & love it. I think I've used it twice and it's been at least 3 months & I still don't need to reapply. Smooth results.

Katie

    Bookmark   May 10, 2010 at 8:05PM
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lauriec

hi, just used beekeepers gold on my ss counters - and i like it more than oil. takes a little more elbow grease to put on but is not shiny - part of why i like soapstone is that it is matte, not reflective.

and, had one of those days when putting on the wax was very soothing..

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:34PM
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sombreuil_mongrel

I'm a die-hard non-oiler. I find it unnecessary for my type of soapstone. I don't mind the one less step. I do have to remove oil spatters with a de-greaser (Simple Green brand).
Mine is Alberene "Church Hill" variety, quarried in Virginia. America's only active soapstone quarries.

casey

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:12PM
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buehl

Are you "oiling" it to get it darker? If so, here's a useful thread from late 2007 by our good friend Florida_Joshua!

Here is a link that might be useful: What keeps soapstone darker longer. . .The answer! ! !

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 10:31PM
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donatelolee

there is a YouTube video that explains everything Dry Wax vs. Oil http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yyx55JXyagM

the guy even makes a note xyz days after applying both the oil and the wax and you can tell the results.

    Bookmark   November 5, 2010 at 11:01AM
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Alberene_Soapstone

Alberene Soapstone recommends their new dry wax product. http://www.alberenesoapstone.com/shop-soapstone/dry-wax

Here is a link that might be useful: Dry Wax info page

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 11:41AM
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