How Wax Coated Paper Is Made And Used

Posted: October 28, 2015

From tacos and burgers to candy and ice cream, almost all of your favorite guilty pleasure foods are presented in wax coated paper.

Why would paper need to have a wax coating?  

A wax coating on paper creates a barrier for grease, water and odor. That is why you can enjoy your greasy burger without it soaking through the paper, or unwrap a taffy without it sticking to its wrapper.  


How does the paper get the wax coating?

There are a few different processes for applying a wax coating on to paper.  

  • Wet Waxing or Wax Bath is the process in which a sheet of paper is immersed in wax.
  • Roll-on or Dry Waxing is the application process in which one side of the paper is coated in wax by rollers.   
  • Laminating is the process in which wax is applied to printed paper and is used to bond two substrates together, such as foil to paper or paper to paper.  

wax coating paper

Paper can also be printed with a pattern of wax, which does not fully cover the paper itself. The roller used would have a pattern, such as honeycomb.

After the paper goes through the coating process, it is cooled by being run over one or more cooling drums. These drums instantly harden the wax so the paper can be rewound onto a ream. Each ream of paper is approximately 3,000 sq. ft. and contains anywhere from 2 to 30 lbs. of wax depending on what the end use would be. For example, butcher paper would have a heavier coating of wax than candy wrappers.

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8 Replies to “How Wax Coated Paper Is Made And Used”

  1. Carlos Burbano says:

    Gentlemen :
    We are interested in wax coating one side of light paper from a continous web.
    Can you orient us on the different methods available and manufacturers of wax coating machines ?
    Thank you for your help

  2. Carlos Burbano Reyes says:

    We are interested in wax coating one side of light paper from a continuous web.
    Could you informs us of the various methods of applying the wax and of any manufacturers of wax application machines ?

  3. Carlos Burbano Reyes says:

    We are interested in applying wax to one side of light paper. We would appreciate your help
    indicating the various methods used for this and name of wax application machine manufacturers.

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thank you for your inquiry! Someone from our lab will contact you directly.

  4. Ioanna Dimitrouli says:

    Dear Sir or Madam,

    My name is Ioanna Dimitrouli and I am at the supplies department of Antopack S.A., a printing and packaging industry in Greece. We are interested in wax applications for corrugation.
    Actually, we are interested in applying wax to fast food packaging. So could you help us with the choice of the suitable wax for our application? Of course, it should have all the certifications for direct food contact. Please be so kind and recommend an economic solution.
    Also, could you probably give us any contacts of wax machine manufacturers?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you.

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Thank you for your inquiry! We will contact you directly with more information.

  5. sona says:

    Hello,Thanks for your helpful article.
    What features should the paper be used for?

    1. Jenn Schultz says:

      Wax is typically applied to paper in order to achieve grease or water resistance.

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