Bottle Sealing Wax Questions & Answers

Posted: October 15, 2014

Bottle sealing wax can be used for many things (for more information about bottle sealing wax, check this article out). If you are using bottle sealing wax for the first time, or even if you are a pro looking for new tips, this article is for you.

Below are the answers to your questions about how to use bottle sealing wax.

What type of container can I use to melt the bottle sealing wax?

We recommend using any type of heat safe container that has a temperature setting. For example, a deep fryer or crock pot. We find that these types of containers work best, but if you don’t have access to either of these containers you can use a pot on a stove. The pot on the stove method is a little bit more difficult to do because it is hard to keep a constant temperature with this method.

What temperature should I dip my bottles at?

Once you have your bottle sealing wax melted you need to bring it to the ideal temperature. The recommended dipping temperature is between 275°F – 300°F. Make sure to measure this temperature with a thermometer before dipping the bottle in the wax.

How do I dip the bottle in the wax?

Typically, the best way to dip the bottle is to hold the bottle upside down and dip the neck of the bottle into the wax. Once the bottle is dipped, you can remove the bottle and let the excess wax drip off before turning the bottle right side up.

How much wax do I need?

You can usually dip between 25-30 bottles per pound of wax. However, there are a few factors that can play into how far your wax will go. Depending on the size of your bottle you are covering you might need more or less wax. Also the size of your container you are melting the wax in will also play a factor into how much wax you will need. A larger container will need more wax in order to create enough depth to dip your bottles into.

Check out our website for more information on bottle sealing wax. Still have questions? Feel free to contact us any time!


8 Replies to “Bottle Sealing Wax Questions & Answers”

  1. Helene says:

    Hi, I’m making decorative porcelain bottles for maple sirup. The stopper is made of porcelain too, it goes into the neck about half an inch, as tight as possible. There is no cork. These bottles have to travel. Would waxing do the job?
    Thank you

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thank you for your inquiry! You can certainly wax this type of container, but we would recommend dipping with the wax at a cooler temperature and then immediately dipping the waxed bottle into water to solidify the wax more quickly. The only item to be cautious of is to make sure the stopper is tight enough to stay in place as the bottle would need to be turned upside down in order to dip. We would be happy to test this process for you if your were willing to send a bottle to our lab. If you are interested, please contact us at [email protected].

  2. keri says:

    Can I dip a bottle that has a plastic screw top?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thanks for you inquiry! Yes, you can dip a bottle that has a plastic screw top. We would recommend checking the melt point of the plastic top first to make sure it isn’t too low, then only heating the wax to the lower end of the recommended temperature range. It’s also very important to make sure the top is screwed on securely.

  3. Simon Hadman says:

    How long does it take for the wax to dry once on the bottle

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      It shouldn’t take more than a few minutes for the wax to completely solidify on the bottle.

  4. Dan @Rock Maple mountain syrup,Old Danville rd , Danville Maine says:

    Bottling maple syrup in glass jars with cork stoppers. Maple Syrup must be bottled above 180*
    My question is when can you dip the bottle into the wax. Can you do it hot with cold water bath or must the bottles cool first.

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thanks for your inquiry! We would recommend letting the bottles cool before dipping them into wax. If the bottle is too warm/hot, it may take longer for the wax to set. Also, when dipping with a natural cork (if that’s what you’re using), we could recommend heating the wax to the lower end of what is recommended – about 250F would work great. Dipping the waxed bottle immediately into room temp. water would also be recommended when you use natural corks.

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