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Forum topic by Maveric777 posted 11-27-2010 07:02 PM 1398 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-27-2010 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question finishing wax walnut

Needing some advice from some waxers out there. I decided to start going the wax route with some of my work and stumbled into a slight issue today. I have a small Christmas project made of walnut that I was going to do little wax experimentation on. I ordered me some Renaissance wax and slapped a coat on this morning. Well, after it dried and I buffed it out I noticed the wax turned white in parts of the grain. I remembered reading something about coloring wax darker than the project because this will happen, but it totally slipped my mind. (don’t you lover remembering stuff like this “After” the fact?

Well, I am really concerned seeing how I have a very special keepsake box drying right now (2 good soakings of Danish oil) made of mostly walnut, and Renaissance wax is what I plan on finishing it out with. I am terrified I may have the whiting issue with it.

So what do I need to do to color this wax….. Please help!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 09:19 PM

I’ve never used it but Briwax comes in colors.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 11-27-2010 11:03 PM

Hey Dan, Liberon do a range of Black Bison paste waxes in different colours. Go here click on the colour chart link.

One other thing you might like to try is buffing the wax with a natural bristle brush, like you would use for polishing your shoes. Actually Liberon sell them I think and you can also get them for mounting in a drill chuck. The advantage of this is that the bristles get in the pores and the vigorous brushing action generates heat and helps get the wax out the pores. You’ve got to give it some welly though, as we say this side of the pond.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#3 posted 11-27-2010 11:43 PM

If you want to lift a bit of the wax out, iron it with blotting or brown paper. This will cause a hollow for you to put a darker layer in. A cool iron with the point.
Barry’s tip of testing first though.

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 03:35 PM

Thanks for te feedback everyone!

Andy – I remember reading about using the brushes to buff the wax. Yet something else I forgot….lol. If I remember correctly the guy I seen doing it used like a shoe polish brush. Does that sound right? I will do me some more research on it…. Oh and I can’t forget to make sure I give it some “Welly” as well….lol

Barry - Thanks for the artist oil color info. I will snag me some next time I am out and about. I debated on which wax to go with on my next keepsake box project and went with the Renaissance for its claim to resist fingerprints. I was looking at the Briwax and heard it is much easier to apply. I am really glad you mentioned the heads up on making sure things are fully “Cured” before applying. That is definitely good to know….

Alba – Thank you for the tip…... And yea, I so know better than to try something dumb like experimenting on actual projects…... Well, at least I thought I did….lol….. Hopefully I have learned my lesson.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 05:46 PM

Dan, Don’t be such a scardy cat! Do like I do,... Have someone else finish it for you. LOL! Just joking! Sorry, I can’t help but I just couldn’t pass up the oppurtunity to rib you a little! LOL!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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