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WoodScrap

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08-12-2015 05:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wax removal question mahogany finishing

Hi All,

I just finished a blanket chest project made from Sapele. I used Watco Danish Oil to finish it and after 72 hours I applied a Minwax wax paste. I am extremely disappointed in the wax results (I must have done something wrong in the application) as there are very definite differences in appearance from one application area to another. I applied a light coat but there are areas that have a hazy look as well. My question is (I know you’ve been waiting for this) what is the best way to now remove the wax without damaging the oil finish?

Your help is appreciated.

Thanks,
Rick

-- Rick -Tulsa


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Pezking7p

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#1 posted 08-12-2015 05:31 PM

I hate to ask but did you try buffing the wax more in the hazy areas? You need to buff pretty hard to get it to smooth out. I would even recommend applying more with steel wool over top, then buffing again. It’s possible that the areas that look different have more/less wax.

If all else fails, remove with mineral spirits or naptha and elbow grease. It’s not easy or fun to do.

-- -Dan

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#2 posted 08-12-2015 05:33 PM

Hazy means that you still have more wax there. Buff the whole thing again with a clean cloth.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#3 posted 08-12-2015 05:42 PM

Thanks, yeah I have buffed and buffed and put all my weight into it. I am sure it is uneven wax amounts but can’t seems to get it to buff out evenly no matter what I try. I’m using clean cotton cloths by hand and scrubbing the crap out of it but it makes little difference. I’ll work it some more this evening. Thanks for the advice.

-- Rick -Tulsa

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#4 posted 08-12-2015 05:52 PM

You may have created enough heat to smear the the oil around. These oils sometime take more than several days or weeks to fully cure depending on humidity. If you can get the wax off and wait a few weeks and then lightly sand the whole thing evenly, you may get a better result by applying a thin coat of the oil, wait as long as it takes before re-applying the wax.

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#5 posted 08-12-2015 06:16 PM

Sapele has a varied surface I think your WATCO application did not fill.completely the MORE open areas. Then when the wax was applied it went below the surface and won’t be buffed. You may want to try removing the wax with Naptha. I would try this in an inconspicuous area and apply more WATCO in thin coats to fill this open area. I work with Sapele, and while it is a beautiful wood easily machined these open areas do present a unique opportunity. In the future LOOK for these ‘open’ areas and know they will require extra care.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#6 posted 08-12-2015 07:59 PM

Hello Rick,

Sad to hear.

I think mineral oil. Send you also a PM

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#7 posted 08-12-2015 10:22 PM

I’m not sure mineral OIL will take the wax off, but mineral SPIRITS certainly would

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#8 posted 08-13-2015 07:54 AM

JoeingaGa,

Sorry I wrote oil instead of spirits.

Translation can be tricky.

I really Like it that you correct me. In this way my english gets better.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#9 posted 08-13-2015 11:22 PM

I wasn’t trying to correct you Dutchy, just trying to be helpful. I hope you didn’t take offense, I certainly didn’t mean it that way.

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#10 posted 08-14-2015 02:41 AM

Frustration seems part of the game. I wouldn’t use Watco for a sealer next time. Are you using French Polish?
http://www.briwaxwoodcare.com/French_Polishing.htm

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#11 posted 08-14-2015 03:34 AM

Joe, Dutchy what do you guys think of using acetone in a situation like this?

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#12 posted 08-14-2015 02:51 PM

Acetone can be cured! Never tried it, seems like it would soak in though.

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#13 posted 08-15-2015 02:20 AM

This is a reason I switched to howards feed and wax. The stuff is incredible. IMO of course.

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