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    I am looking to wax a linen havesack bag, and came across a couple threads where people mentioned they used toilet rings to do this. I think I am going to go this route, as its cheap, and effective. However, I have a question; no one mentions HOW they do it. Do you simply melt it down, then brush it on? Do you mix it with other chemicals? Looking for anwers, as this is going to be my weekend project. I did some searching on the forums, and, other than casual references, couldnt find anything specific on how it was done. Thanks!
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    Only thing about toilet ring wax is it stays so sticky for years . Id hope you mix something with it to harden it a bit like ashes with pine pitch or something . Curious how this turns out tho .
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    I believe they're made with beeswax. You'll want to mix with a different wax, like food-grade paraffin. Mix them 50/50.

    you should be able to stick them in a container, then put that in a pot of hot water until it melts... stir to mix, then brush onto your fabric. You'll need to later heat up your fabric with a hair dryer, heat gun, i've read where people stick them in a pillowcase and put in the dryer but that will get wax in your dryer...
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    I don't think anyone who has ever mentioned using a toilet ring has ever actually used it to wax fabric with.

    don't know why people keep mentioning it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigDaddyO View Post
    I don't think anyone who has ever mentioned using a toilet ring has ever actually used it to wax fabric with.

    don't know why people keep mentioning it.
    Strange, since I just read this:
    http://bushcraftusa.com/forum/showth...ax-Toilet-Ring

    People probably keep mentioning it because they're curious how a $2 ring of beeswax from an easily obtained source will work out for their projects.

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    That was the thread I originally found. However, no one commented on how they did it, or, how it worked out, over time (two things I was specifically looking to find out).
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    Unfortunately, toilet rings are no longer made with bee's wax. It's now a synthetic wax that stays soft and sticky for just about forever.

    It might work if you throw in some candle wax or something that will add some stiffness and durability.

    Just melt it all together in a double boiler kinda rig, brush it on and set it into the fabric with a hair dryer, heat gun (CAREFULLY!!!) or some other low heat source.

    I've read that it can be useful to stuff the item into an old pillow case and chuck it into a clothes dryer for a while, too. Probably best to do this with an item that has already had the wax worked into the fibers, though. I would go to a laundromat to keep wives or girlfriends from having coronaries.

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    I posted the thread cited. I used mineral spirits to melt the ring and painted a tarp with a brush. It worked good. I might have been a little sticky, but no more than sno-seal or filsons wax. But I am happy with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackietreehorn View Post
    But I am happy with it.
    guess that settles it! thanks.
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