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Polishing is slightly unique to encaustic painting; a high sheen can change the entire look of the work, for better or worse.

Polishing an encaustic piece is in no way permanent; it can loose the sheen over a length of time due to environmental effects or reversed by an artist hand. It can also be changed very easily back to a semi-matte finish if desired.

The best results will come from patience; wait a few days for the wax to completely harden, more time should be given if carbon black or other long drying/cooling color is used. After a significant time lapse- use a lint-free cloth, or the palm of your hand to buff the surface; it won't take long before you notice a change.

Be patient, you are creating friction as you polish and as a result heating the surface. Over polishing will soften the surface and result in the original dull state, or worse; pieces of lint in the surface. This problem can be solved by simply waiting a day between polishing. The more patience you have the more polished your piece will become.

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Revisiting old topics and filling in holes is quite a chore, yet a necessary one, one that will offer more quality information. For example: recent activity and questions surrounding hardboard and/or masonite, has directed our attention to fill in the blanks on that topic (currently under revision/addition), as well as, more about gesso (specifically encaustic gesso) and other topics (search the tabs), all are in the works. 

Prior years were to get as much general information as possible up and available- a starting point. More and more however, new topics are focused and detailed, and old ones will be getting revisiting; removing any possibility of confusion. 

I should point out that this is a one person operation (takes me awhile to get around to everything, ohh yeah, I should make some art), Anyway, where was I?, oh! one person operation..., even though I tend to refer in posts and topics as we, it is to remove the need to revisit things later when it really is we. All of this whilst working, making art, and whatever may be the case.

As always, I welcome any opinions, comments, and questions- simply contact me.

Thank you
Jonathan Parks