Alfie Shine was researched and developed by Jim Hendricks for use on his extensive collection of rare and valuable woodworking hand tools.
It is a proper, old fashioned, hard wax polish with the addition of some special natural ingredients borrowed from a 17th century instrument maker’s finishing recipe. Some of the ingredients have been brought in directly from sources in the middle east to ensure that they are of the highest quality available.
Many of the wax polishes available today are soft paste waxes or creams – bulked out with solvents to increase their volume. Alfie Shine doesn’t contain any solvents at all, it began as an historical research project rather than a commercial product and it is only ever made by following Jim’s original recipe to the letter.
Applied in thin coats (a little goes a very long way) with a soft cloth or a clean shoe brush for larger surfaces, Alfie Shine penetrates and nourishes dry wood. With successive applications, the resins gradually build into a resilient clear protective surface that enhances the figure of the timber without degrading patina.
This is old school finishing, there are no dryers or accelerants, so you do need to leave two or three days between applications to allow everything to harden up, but if you keep going, it will eventually build into an incredibly deep, rich and subtle gloss finish.