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#1 posted 05-30-2012 11:36 AM

watco basically IS a wipe on poly. Wipe on polys are generally just regular poly thinned on the order of 50% with solvent. A common variation on this is to add in some tung or linseed oil, which I believe is what Watco does. This just means adding more coats of Watco :-)

Therein lies the crux of the problem: a thicker finish will be harder to repair later, just how it is. I’ve never heard of this “feed and wax” but it looks like it’s just waxes. These help more to enhance the brightness, shine, and texture than they do to actually protect. They’re easy enough to put on and wont really hurt anything. Just make sure it doesn’t have silicone oils in it as these will interfere with any later attempts at refinishing/repair.

again, the safest bet is to try it on scrap. it’s the only way you’ll ever know with your own eyes :-)

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