Wax FAQs:

Q: Are waxes a diverse class of organic compounds that are lipophilic?

A: Yes, and malleable solids near ambient temperatures.

Q: Are waxes hydrocarbons?

A: Yes, and mixtures of alkanes usually in a homologous series of chain lengths.

Q: Was wax used to close important documents in the Middle Ages?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax carnauba wax?

A: Yes, and a hard wax obtained from the Brazilian palm Copernicia prunifera.

Q: Are waxes organic compounds that characteristically consist of long alkyl chains?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes insoluble in water but soluble in organic?

A: Yes, and nonpolar solvents.

Q: Is wax used in skiing and snowboarding?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax a lesser produced petroleum based wax that contains higher percentage of isoparaffinic hydrocarbons and naphthenic hydrocarbons?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax beeswax?

A: Yes, but other insects secrete waxes.

Q: Are waxes incorporated into inks in the form of dispersions to decrease friction?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax a fossilized wax extracted from coal and lignite?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes also used in shoe polishes?

A: Yes, and wood polishes, and automotive polishes, as mold release agents in mold making, as a coating for many cheeses, and to waterproof leather and fabric.

Q: Are waxes used as finishes and coatings for wood products?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax used to decorate Easter eggs in Romania?

A: Yes, and Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and the Czech Republic.

Q: Are waxes produced annually?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes used to make wax paper?

A: Yes, and impregnating and coating paper and card to waterproof it or make it resistant to staining, or to modify its surface properties.

Q: Are waxes viscosity?

A: Yes, and density and melt point.

Q: Is wax also used in wax bullets?

A: Yes, and which are used as simulation aids.

Q: Are waxes mainly consumed industrially as components of complex formulations?

A: Yes, and often for coatings.

Q: Are waxes in the formulation of colourants for plastics?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax especially important when being used in applications requiring FDA or other regulatory certification?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax used in making chocolate covered sweets?

A: Yes.

Q: Is wax frequently used as a lubricant on drawer slides where wood to wood contact occurs?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes considered food-safe and are used to coat wooden cutting boards and other items that come into contact with food?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes synthesized by many plants and animals?

A: Yes.

Q: Are waxes manufactured by one of three methods: 1- direct polymerization of ethylene?

A: Yes, 2- thermal degradation of high molecular weight polyethylene resin; 3- recovery of low molecular weight fractions from high molecular weight resin production.

Q: Are waxes mixtures of saturated n- and iso- alkanes?

A: Yes, and naphthenes, and alkyl- and naphthene-substituted aromatic compounds.

Q: Are waxes often long-chain hydrocarbons that lack functional groups?

A: Yes.