Bottle Sealing Wax FAQ

If you have other questions about sealing bottles with wax, just keep reading… We have answers!

What is wax dipping?

Wax dipping is the process of immersing an item in wax. It’s often used as another term for bottle sealing.
Wax adheres to the item, cools down and creates a coating on the item. In the past this technique was used with spirits and wine bottles to protect the corks, as well as providing tamper proof evidence.
Today, bottle caps and corks are more effective and secure than in the past. Bottle sealing wax is mainly used for marketing reasons.

How do you wax dip a bottle?

The dipping process is fairly simple.
Prepare your bottles, tear-off strips are already applied if used.
Prepare your wax melting pot. A small scale hand dipping operation could involve a bain marie / double boiler method, while more complex machines are available if the number of the bottles to dip is significant.
Prepare the cool-off area, with water if needed.
Start dipping! To learn more about how to dip your bottles in wax, see here.

What are the advantages of bottle sealing wax? Disadvantages?

Improved look, the bottles have real stand out.
Improved experience, as removing the wax makes the opening more special.
Premium look, typically wax sealed bottles are considered premium quality and generates higher perceived value.
An additional process to master (although it’s not a difficult).
Requires some space and preparation.

Which bottle sealing wax colors are available?

You’ll be able to chose from a large palette of colours, and by buying from a manufacturer you’ll even be able to request a bespoke colour match.
On top of a wide range of standard colours, British Wax manufactures custom colours and special colours like metallic and pearlescent.

Does using wax to seal wine bottles have any effect on the aging process of the wine?

That depends on what aging process is in place.
Wax improves air tightness of a cork… but many corks are already designed to be as leak-resistant and therefore as airtight as possible.
As with all wax related things, it’s always better to test.

Can I use crayon wax for bottle sealing?

We don’t recommend it.
If you do, you should go through a research and testing process, find a formulation that performs well (easily applicable, no cracking, no discoloring), make sure there are no contaminants. Crayons, maybe mixed with glue or other waxes, are not designed to work as bottle sealing wax. We recommend to use specific products.

How to open a bottle sealed with wax?

This is a great question!
It’s really important to make sure that your customers enjoy the experience of opening your wine or spirits bottle.
Depending on the wax application, bottle shape, etc, it might be enough to just use a bottle opener. The wax will break easily and the pressure released from the bottle will ensure that no wax falls within.
Yet, we would suggest to use tear strips to facilitate breaking the wax seal prior to uncorking. The bottle will look cleaner and no one will be tempted to remove the wax with a knife, which might be not the safest thing to do (especially if more bottle wines have been opened and enjoyed).
You’ll be able to find tear strips or ribbons at the same supplier that you use for bottles and corks.

Does bottle sealing wax smell?

Generally speaking the melted wax should not smell. And a good wax will certainly not smell once cooled down (another reason for avoiding to use crayon/home made bottle sealing wax).

How long should I wait after corking before sealing bottles with wax?

There is no fixed rule or specific requirements. Once your bottles are closed, you can start sealing.

Can I use cheese coating wax to seal bottles?

Not advisable.
At British Wax we developed specific formulations for bottle sealing and for cheese coating. Horses for courses.

Can I use wax seal on bottles closed with crown caps?

Yes you can!
Just experiment with the thickness of the wax coat and the bottle opening.

Can I wax seal bottle screw caps?

Yes you can!
One famous American whiskey manufacturer made its red wax bottle sealing a unique selling point, and their cap is a resealable screw on cap.

Can I stamp on bottles dipped in wax?

Yes you can!
One of the usual places you can stamp is on the top of the bottle, but it’s also possible to add a stamp on the side of the bottle. Just make sure that you have a good wax thickness. You can see how to get that here. And in the case you wanted to apply a wax seal to the side of the bottle, please be aware that we developed a specific wax for that.

Picture by Hadija Saidi – Unsplash

If you are looking for a guide on how to use bottle sealing wax, please click here.

If you are curious to see our complete bottle sealing range, inclusive of metallic and pearlescent colours, click here.

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