Paste Wax and Steel Wool?

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Forum topic by TheBronzeoakleaf posted 02-04-2016 01:09 AM 817 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2016 01:09 AM

Has anyone ever applied paste wax with steel wool? 7th grade shop class was a long time ago, but I swear I remember applying wax with fine steel wool. Then I see a guy on YouTube using a “super fine synthetic” type of steel wool; he said it takes care of any dust nibs in the finish.

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#1 posted 02-04-2016 01:50 AM

I use BriWax 0000 SW with the wax of my choice/color after the finial finish to do that, then rewax with the same wax and buff with a cotton rag. Now gray scotch brite pad is about the same as 0000 SW.

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#2 posted 02-04-2016 01:52 AM

I have done it on five tops thusfar, it works very well.

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#3 posted 02-04-2016 01:54 AM

Learned it in 7th grade shop class too. I still use it with butcher’s wax to clean the nubs and give a nice, smooth finish. I used it to polish my shellac wood floors in a previous house. I also use it to wax tool tops.

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#4 posted 02-04-2016 02:03 AM

The wax keeps the steel wool from rusting.

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