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Forum topic by Jon posted 12-12-2010 02:30 AM 1325 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-12-2010 02:30 AM

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I have bought a can of Minwax – Paste Finishing Wax. I usually used laquer for my boxes but would like to try some other options for finishing. Any likes, dislikes or general comments on wax? I plan to use wax over Watco Danish Oil – natural.

Is it possible to get a high sheen by buffing wax?

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#1 posted 12-12-2010 05:51 AM

Wax over oil is cool. Easy to apply, easy to repair, looks and feels great.


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#2 posted 12-12-2010 03:22 PM

I personally like Renaissance Wax. Not cheap, but you really only need a tiny amount of it. It’s tough, dries quickly, and doesn’t show fingerprints. It’s obviously not food safe likes beeswax, but it doesn’t sound like that is a concern for what you’re making.

I was hesitant at first, due to the price tag, but after reading countless positive comments about it on here and elsewhere, I took the plunge and don’t regret it at all.

Just make sure the Danish Oil is fully cured before applying the wax. I’d wait at least a week, but 2-weeks would be better if you can spare it. Of course, it depends on how saturated you get the wood with the Danish Oil, as well as your environmental conditions… humidity, temperature, air movement, etc.

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#3 posted 12-12-2010 04:09 PM

I used paste wax over danish oil for a trestle table i build and reallly like the finish on it, gave it some depth in my opinion. I buffed it out with 0000 abrasive pad. Not sure how much buffing you want to do or how you plan on doing it but here’s a shotty pic of the table with the finish u spoke about.

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