QUESTION OF THE WEEK #8: "Wax On; Wax Off"

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Blog entry by MsDebbieP posted 08-21-2011 01:51 PM 1322 reads 0 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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“Wax on; Wax off”—do you or don’t you? (use wax as part of your finishing process)

(And why/why not)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 03:21 PM

I don’t use it as a final finish, but apply it over the oil/varnish finish that I use, to help protect the finish, especially on table tops. I use wax on most of the pieces I make, especially the ones that I ship out. The wax protects the finish by allowing the packing materials to move, if need be. Once the piece is unpacked the new customer is able to get acquainted with their new furniture by buffing out the wax.

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 04:39 PM

Yes – sanding sealer and wax.

I guess I was just taught that way when I was still at school. But it is a very simple finishing process to apply – the work is in the sanding, not the application of the polish. Yet the surface is smooth and silky to the touch and it has a nice satin sheen to it. It also doesn’t affect the underlying colour of the wood which I see as a positive in most cases.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 04:48 PM

Sanding Sealer and Wax. Nice satin sheen, gloss looks plastic to me. No alteration in wood tone.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 05:03 PM

Yes, Wax on after 60 days. I know the finish is totally cured. I think you need to get all the protection you can on a project that you have spent your time and resources on. I don’t use Bowling Alley Wax.

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 05:05 PM

Bently! lol.

Pledge is to wax as Cheese Wizz is to real cheese.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 08-21-2011 05:24 PM

Wax on AFTER finish is cured.. Usually takes a month or more for oil/varnish/solvent finish to cure.
Wax helps the glow and doesn’t add “plastic” shine.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#7 posted 08-21-2011 05:32 PM

Love wax ……smooth as silk and repels dust. That said, I no longer have the perseverance to buff it out

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#8 posted 08-21-2011 07:14 PM

I often use wax on wood turnings. It so easy to apply on the lathe, and no mess.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#9 posted 08-21-2011 07:23 PM

Lol – do tools count? :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 08-21-2011 10:22 PM

Yes I use wax most of the time as I think it adds to a piece visually without any downside and can always be buffed.

woodworking courses

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#11 posted 08-21-2011 11:23 PM

I guess I’m in the minority, I’ve only used it a few times and was not super impressed.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#12 posted 08-22-2011 12:46 AM

I’ll use wax or a wax-mixture on different lathe projects. That little heat build-up works well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 08-22-2011 01:34 AM

I use wax quite a bit and really like the low sheen and the feel of wood after using it.
I usually sand with 400 grit before I apply it.
Not sure if it is the correct way.

-- Chuck

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#14 posted 08-22-2011 02:59 AM

>Chuck—- On a practice piece, try applying your favorite wax with a gray or white “Scotchbrite” pad.
gray=fine (320-400?) white is xfine. At my place procedure yields a bare baby backside soft-smooth feel and a low sheen. If you want more sheen, use harder wax.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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Joe Lyddon

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#15 posted 08-22-2011 03:10 AM

I only Wax-ON , Wax-OFF, during my Karate Kid training… LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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