Poly or CA finish then Bees wax?

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Forum topic by Biggamefish posted 06-11-2015 05:42 PM 810 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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06-11-2015 05:42 PM

I am new to turning and have turned some wine stoppers and grunt calls etc. I have been reading about the finishes etc. Right now I am sanding all my wood to about 1200 then I just put on beeswax and it gives a pretty look (more natural) I think. As I was reading I see that a lot of people finish with CA or a poly then apply wax after. What is the reason for the wax after the finish? I am looking to get into a better more glossy finish that would be best for a water resistant finish for things such as calls that will be out in the weather?

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#1 posted 06-13-2015 10:39 AM

I would go with high gloss poly verus CA as a finish for items you are making if want sheen & something that last. CA is hydroscopic not sure how much moisture will affect the finish once cured that’s why recomment poly.

Wax is optional and will make items feel smoother. I use furniture wax on a lot of my turnings.

-- Bill

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