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Duck Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

Duck Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

A lot of people might think any type of wax will work for any project, but when it comes to getting those pesky pinfeathers off your ducks or waterfowl, you will want to use a product specially formulated for the job. Creating wax blends for specific applications is what we do at Blended Waxes, and our duck wax is one of those blends. Learn more about the difference between duck wax and paraffin wax and why choosing the right wax product for your project matters.

What Is Paraffin Wax?

Paraffin wax is a soft, white wax that has multiple uses. The wax is derived from hydrocarbons and is a common ingredient in skin care products and is a primary ingredient in some candles and crayons. The wax is also used to coat paper and make adhesives.

Depending on the application and formulation, paraffin wax can be used on its own or blended with another type of wax, such as microcrystalline wax. The various formulations available have different melting points and uses.

What Is Duck Wax?

Duck wax is a type of paraffin wax. It is blended with microcrystalline wax to help improve adhesion to the duck.

Hunters often use duck wax to remove feathers from waterfowl and other types of game birds. Ducks and waterfowl typically have feathers that are difficult to pluck out by hand or mechanically. Using wax to de-feather a duck is somewhat similar to the process of using wax to remove hair from a human’s body.

Wax is melted and mixed with water. The ideal ratio is one part duck wax to one part water. Once the wax is fully melted, the bird is submerged into the wax/water solution. After it is fully covered in the wax, the bird gets removed from the solution, and the wax cools and hardens. It can take several minutes for the wax to harden fully.

After hardening, you can remove the wax by peeling it off, usually in strips. The wax should be strong enough to pull the delicate pin feathers entirely from the skin of the bird. The finished waterfowl will be smooth and look like it was store-bought.

Duck Wax vs. Paraffin Wax — Key Differences

Duck Wax vs. Paraffin Wax

One way to understand the difference between duck wax and paraffin wax is all types of duck wax are a type of paraffin wax. However, not all types of paraffin wax are duck wax. The key difference between the two is the presence of microcrystalline wax in duck wax.

Paraffin wax serves a different purpose, based on its formulation, and is not as effective in removing feathers. It is derived from crude oil and is typically lighter in color, is odorless and has various melting points. The addition of microcrystalline wax in our duck wax blend gives that extra bit of adhesion you need to pull every last feather from your bird.

The difference between a bird waxed with duck wax and a bird waxed with paraffin wax is notable. If you use only paraffin wax when de-feathering a duck, you are likely to have some tiny feathers remaining after you fully remove the wax. You will need to pluck those out by hand or else risk preparing and serving a dirty bird.

Learn More About Waxes From Blended Waxes

Duck wax is not the only blended wax produce we produce. Learn more about our different wax products and their uses. If you need a custom wax blend, contact us today to learn more about how the process works.