What is the difference between matt black and beeswax finishes?

Juliet Fishenden

There are subtle differences between these two finishes as illustrated in the images which show both colours alongside each other. The beeswax finish on the right is a natural wax that is applied to the metal as soon as it is forged, while the iron is still hot. Once cool, it gives the metal a protective coating yet has no colour. The result is a piece of ironwork with a very dark, luxurious ‘sheen’. It allows the natural colour and grain of the metal to stand out.

Our matt black finish on the left above, is is an all over paint. It has a consistent finish that will wear well and not change in colour over time. It can be wiped clean with a damp sponge and is more suitable in a damp area than beeswax. The paint covers the iron completely giving it a uniform, slick appearance and looks incredibly smart framing a window or on any piece of ironwork. The beeswax or matt black paint will enhance the beauty of the metalwork.

It is well known that black never goes out of style but which shade is always the most pressing question? That’s your choice and we hope these pictures have helped you decide.

If you have any other questions regarding the finishes please do send us an email to sales@madebytheforge.co.uk or call 01473 487118 for more information.

Juliet Fishenden
Juliet Fishenden

Here, you’ll find a news feed straight from the forge posted by myself, Juliet, Richard’s wife and business partner. Here you will find updated product information as well as personal observations about Richard’s craft.

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