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#1 posted 04-09-2011 04:38 AM

I have used Renaissance Wax specifically on several projects. The 5-board bench I made had Danish Oil laid down heavily beforehand. I typically wait 1-2-weeks in our dry Colorado air before putting anything over the Danish Oil, wax included. No matter what, I would never go less than a week. I applied 5-coats of wax to the top of the bench, and 3-coats everywhere else. I used a small square of old cotton cloth, folded over multiple times, then a clean cotton cloth to buff the wax. I would leave the wax on for maybe 5-minutes before buffing it off. Although Renaissance Wax is not inexpensive, you use a very little bit at a time. I’d bet I used maybe 1/4-teaspoon applying all those coats to the bench. A little goes a long way!

My technique was basically to swirl the wax on in circles and buff it off the same way with an old cotton t-shirt. That way, you’re not going with the grain, or against it all the time. After waxing, the piece will smell for a little while until all of the solvents are completely evaporated, but usually overnight or the length of the day is pretty adequate for the smell to dissipate, at least here in Denver.

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