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Forum topic by Mark posted 07-12-2016 03:22 AM 667 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-12-2016 03:22 AM

Any of you folks ever use automotive cut polish / wax as a part of your finish? I was watching a youtube from Capt’n Eddie and he mentioned something to that effect. Whatcha think?

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-12-2016 03:47 AM

I made a wooden filing cabinet/ toolbox for work many years ago and painted it with Bright Red oil based paint. After it had dried for a month I put the same wax I use for the truck on it. Every year or so since have done the same, still looks great.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 07-12-2016 05:19 AM

Interesting tip guys. Thanks.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 07-12-2016 05:26 AM

No, but I do use floor polish – the type that sometimes get used on parquet floors (or, at least, used to be when I was a kid, before varnishing them became popular)

Interesting idea though. Some of the waxes are coloured, aren’t they? I wonder how the colour would be taken up by the wood?

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#4 posted 07-12-2016 06:06 AM

G’day Mark, way back I used floor polish and it was good, I like the idea of Tootles and see how some of the colored waxes take to wood. Always some thing new or different to try. Lets know the results if you use the car wax.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#5 posted 07-12-2016 10:35 AM

When use wax buy this stuff, also neutral shoe polish wax.

-- Bill

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#6 posted 07-12-2016 11:55 AM

I only use automotive cut polish when the project calls for it. I use Mequiar’s products, M01 medium cut, M02 fine cut, M09 swirl remover, M21 synthetic sealant. I only use the cut polishes for a fully filled, piano type finish. The swirl remover and sealant get used more often, just depends on the finish. I use an electric da polisher. Here’s a desk top finished with wb poly polished with them:

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#7 posted 07-12-2016 01:03 PM

Make sure there’s no silicone in it.

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#8 posted 07-12-2016 02:06 PM

I have used turtle wax polish and wax on a lidded bowl once. I get to take classes with Jimmy Clewes, one of the technics he teaches. I think he has you tube videos on it or on his pay site. I need a refresher myself. I remember needing to sand it to somewhere around 1000+ used micro mesh, and any scratches will show up.
This photo is to dark does not show just how good of a mirror polish it has.

-- John

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#9 posted 07-12-2016 07:46 PM

Silicone content doesn’t matter after the finish is applied.

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#10 posted 07-12-2016 08:10 PM

As OSU55 says, automotive products do work. I made a pinewood derby car for a race at work (fund raiser). I painted it and wet sanded it smooth to clean up the pores. Used white polishing compound, then wax. Slick and shiny (and fastest). And, yes silicone based is OK, until you have to repair the paint. Then you need to make sure to remove it, which can be tough, but there are products for that.

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#11 posted 07-18-2016 07:34 PM

Interesting idea though. Some of the waxes are coloured, aren t they? I wonder how the colour would be taken up by the wood?

- Tootles

Depends on the wood. I use a black wax over the finish with White Oak, the open pores will pick up some of the black and it makes it look more like the finish some of the antiques have. Closed pore woods like maple the color will have no effect.

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