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what brand do you use for Paste Finishing Wax?

by steve6678
posted 11-12-2012 12:42 AM

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 12:52 AM

Johnson Paste Wax has been around forever. I can’t imagine why any wood shop would be without it. Not just for finishing but for all tool surfaces

-- My favorite projects were firewood bound

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 12:57 AM

Butcher’s or Johnson – whichever is handy.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 12:59 AM

For most woods I use Minwax Finishing Wax but for dark woods (especially walnut) I use Liberon Black Bison Paste Wax. The Black Bison Past Wax (it is indeed black) does a little better on dark woods as it does not leave any white residue plus it smells wonderful.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 01:12 AM

I use Johnsons for cast iron, Minwax for large projects (furniture) and Renaissance for the smaller stuff (boxes). Maybe it’s just me, but I get fisheye when I use johnson’s on wood.


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#5 posted 11-12-2012 01:21 AM

+1 Johnson’s Paste Wax

-- Art

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#6 posted 11-12-2012 01:24 AM

Johnsons or Minwax usually. From brand to brand the
stuff inside is very similar. I buy cans here and there at
garage sales and never run out.

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#7 posted 11-12-2012 01:31 AM

Does anyone make wax besides Johnson’s ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 11-12-2012 01:37 AM

Staples for turning. Minwax for normal projects. Johnson’s for cast iron.


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#9 posted 11-12-2012 01:45 AM

Johnson’s. Though I did buy some Minwax when I couldn’t find the Johnson’s. I don’t really see any difference in the quality.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 11-12-2012 02:05 AM

I use Butcher’s Wax on all of my shop equipment , only because it was an old can and wasn’t clean enough to use as a finish on wood. I bought a tub of BriWax , but haven’t used it much…seems to be a very hard wax , probably from its Carnuba content. What I have used the most on projects is Goddard’s Cabinet Makers Wax (not the polish)...excellent stuff , but hard to find in The States anymore.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 11-12-2012 04:13 AM

I’m another big fan of Goddard’s Cabinet Makers Wax. It’s the ease of use and the easy polish that makes it for me. Many other waxes are a real bear to polish out and remove wax streaks but not this one. As perfect as you can get.
I use Watco liquid Satin wax for large areas or for renewals and when I’m just feeling lazy.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#12 posted 11-13-2012 12:12 AM

Where can Goddard’s be bought??

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#13 posted 11-13-2012 12:42 AM

What about Black Bison “clear” – subtle amber tint
the “nuetral” is clear, but I thought the clear/with amber, would provide a nice glow on Maple and Cherry

-- Steve - Dust sucks!

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#14 posted 11-13-2012 01:13 AM

I bought a couple of gallon containers of Briwax Original some years ago at a Woodworking show, it has been excellent.

Their site is here

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#15 posted 11-13-2012 01:17 AM

Lundmark amber carnauba. Love that smell.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#16 posted 11-13-2012 07:10 AM

Johnson’s after buffing, leaves a slightly harder coat. Goddard’s buffs easier. BriWax is available in tinted for restoration work.

For tool handles and such, I use a bee’s wax that my neighbor makes. He adds about 1-2% carnuba to his blend. Goes on easy buffs nice, and has a great “feel” on chisel and gouge handles.

Not so good on shovel handles—harder the clean the crud off after a day of shovel work.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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