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Forum topic by robert triplett posted 11-10-2010 07:06 AM 1062 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-10-2010 07:06 AM

I built an Urn with Claro Walnut and finished with Watco Natural Danish Oil. I have let it dry/cure for over a month. I bought some Crystal Clear Paste Wax, WITH Carnuba wax- no beeswax or silicones. I rubbed some on and let it dry. Tried to buff it out by hand. I may not be patient enough(probably) or not persistent enough, but it did not want to get smooth. I added another coat-let it dry overnight and buffed again. I then tried to buff with a piece of cotton sock on my random orbit sander. Then I tried a buffing wheel on a drill. Can anyone out there give me some idea of what I am doing wrong-or not right? The room is not very warm. The shine is nice, but it is is really streaky.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 07:20 AM

Sounds like you’re putting it on too thick. Wax should be applied in very thin coats. You may also get better results in a room that’s at a normal temperature. The cooler the wax is the harder it’s going to be to get it to spread thin and evenly.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 07:38 AM

Also, carnuba is very hard. It’s used for things that get a lot of wear. You might try removing it with mineral spirits and reapplying a SMALL amount warmed to warm room temperature, then buffing at high speed to create the friction needed to polish it out. I would have used beeswax.


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