How long to wait before applying wax.

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Dale posted 10-14-2010 08:20 PM 1683 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Dale 's profile


415 posts in 3180 days

10-14-2010 08:20 PM

I use a finish of equal parts of satin poly, mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil on most of my projects. On the black walnut rocker that I just completed I feel that I should give it a final coat of Johnson’s wax. How long should I wait to make sure the finish has cured. Any advise is appreciated.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

3 replies so far

View Jonathan's profile


2608 posts in 3050 days

#1 posted 10-16-2010 04:29 AM


Sorry to be generic with my answer, but the waiting time has a lot to do with certain environmental factors, such as: fresh air/breeze (or lack thereof), temperature, and humidity.

Seeing that you’re in PA, it’s obviously more humid there than it is here in Colorado.

I have not used your exact mix as mentioned above, but for things like Waterlox (tung oil based) and Danish Oil, I tend to let things go at least 1-week before waxing them, just to be sure. If I were to put straight Waterlox on very heavily, I might even go longer than a week, maybe closer to 2-weeks. I know people that are really going to buff something out will wait 2-4 weeks for things like buffing out poly.

May I recommend that you choose a bit higher quality wax as your topcoat on the rocker? For something like a rocker that is going to have a lot of contact with the surface, I would personally use something like Renaissance Wax. I know it’s not cheap, but a little bit of it does go a long way. Something like this will hold up better than Johnson’s.

Just my 2-cents. I’m sure someone with far more finishing experience than myself will chime-in.

I’ll be looking forward to your project posting on the rocker!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

View Dale 's profile


415 posts in 3180 days

#2 posted 10-16-2010 07:02 PM

Thanks Jonathan, I’ll give Renaissance a try.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

View NBeener's profile


4816 posts in 3174 days

#3 posted 10-16-2010 07:14 PM

I was just looking at this, last night, in an FWW book on finishing.

I think the weak link in your mix IS the BLO. On its own, it tends to need several days to get dry enough to put another finish on it, and “never really hardens,” the way other finishes do.

Because OF the BLO, I think Jonathan is spot on: a couple weeks. It can’t hurt. It can only help.

Best of luck !

-- -- Neil

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics