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#1 posted 08-09-2011 03:39 AM

hmmmm… typically I do poly then wax.

It sounds like your wax isn’t drying… Which leads me to two possibilities: the Watco isn’t drying, and the oil is mixing with the wax, or you’re too impatient and not letting the wax dry before you buff it out.

Again, with what I do, it’s oil based wipe on poly for a few coats (3-5), sand to 600grit (320 and 600 at least, and 600 is a wet sand with mineral oil. You just want to add enough on the surface that it can easily move, but you’ll FEEL the suction as it sands pay attention to this. as you do it a bit, you’ll feel when you have too much oil or too little), then butcher’s wax (carnuba) on a clean cloth in only the smallest amounts at a time (you really want to just apply the thinnest of coats), give it about 15 min to half an hour, then buff the hell out of it to get the excess off.

The poly tends to be the main protection, and the wax is just there to make water really bead up and give it back a tiny bit of sheen (I do mainly satin finishes). If you want a higher gloss, then just wet sand with successively higher grits.

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