What to rub on prints?

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    Walter Rosenblum rubbed some kind of oil or laquer or something on his prints to make them glossy. Does anyone know what this might have been?

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    Paul Strand's printer, Richard Benson in article in ZoneVI Newsletter, in describing Strand's views & printing methods, states
     
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    ph nuetral renniasance (sp) wax which is a micro crystaline wax is a good wax to use. If not shiny enough the first time, repeated applications will make it shiner. At least this is what happens with the stone sculptures I have done. I know light impressions carries it. Most art stores will have it as well.
     
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    I've used Renaissance Wax on Ilford fiber and RC paper, looking for a different surface (the painter in me coming out, I guess.) I liked it best on a matte surface since I could control the sheen by density of wax and rubbing technique. The best thing about it is that it refuses fingerprints very effectively as well as giving that soft gleam that furniture makers have prized for centuries. I want to work some pigment into the wax on a set of prints I'm doing now, perhaps like a encaustic painting over the photographic image.

    We'll see...

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    Aggie,

    I can not remember if it is Jobo or Bessler that made a buffer for print waxing or it may have been the Morita Co of Japan that made one. Sort of a wax on wax off sort of thing.

    Hope this helps

    Jan Pietrzak