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Forum topic by JADobson posted 06-17-2018 06:57 PM 1011 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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JADobson

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06-17-2018 06:57 PM

I just finished a box and I guess I still had a few open pores in the oak. My application of paste wax left some unsightly light coloured specks over the fumed finish. Any tips for getting rid of those?

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#1 posted 06-17-2018 07:29 PM

Mineral spirits works for me when I need to remove wax. I do it more than once just to make sure I got it all.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#2 posted 06-17-2018 08:46 PM

The mineral spirits should help remove the wax, but it will completely strip the piece and you will be left with the same problem if you try to reapply the wax finish. You might try gentle warming with a heat gun to get the wax to flow and then buff with a soft cloth. Test in an inconspicuous place, or on a similarly waxed piece of scrap.

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#3 posted 06-17-2018 09:10 PM

A couple of waxes that perform well for me are Crystal and Renaissance. I’ve never had an issue with them being anything but clear, even in pores. Also, Briwax and Liberon make colored waxes that not only deepen the color of the finish, but any left in pores won’t show.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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JADobson

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#4 posted 06-17-2018 09:22 PM

Thanks all. Kazooman I’ll give that a try. Maybe expropriate the wife’s hair dryer for a few minutes. Thanks for the suggestions Rich. Mini wax paste wax has been nothing but an annoyance.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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#5 posted 06-18-2018 01:29 AM

Once you remove the wax, you might consider using a dark color wax. I like black bison wax on oak, it gives it an old oak patina. Link here.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 06-18-2018 01:55 AM



Thanks all. Kazooman I’ll give that a try. Maybe expropriate the wife’s hair dryer for a few minutes. Thanks for the suggestions Rich. Mini wax paste wax has been nothing but an annoyance.

- JADobson

Minwax is okay for some things, in this case as you have discovered not so much. Been there done that and no I did not like the results. LOL

Now instead of getting into trouble with the wife use this as an excuse to get a heat gun.

In this instance HF is your friend. Have one of these at home and at work, always comes in handy. Never been able to kill one yet.
https://www.harborfreight.com/1500-watt-dual-temperature-heat-gun-5721112-62340.html

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

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ColonelTravis

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#7 posted 06-18-2018 02:17 AM

2nd Mr. Woodbutcher about HF heat guns, I got mine for $9.99 and also have not killed it. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s an option for our Canadian pals? Is there an equivalent, crappy ( I say that in a good way, but also in a bad way) tool store for Canadians?

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JADobson

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#8 posted 06-18-2018 02:51 AM

Haha. We’ve got princess auto, Canadian tire, plenty of awful options. ;)

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany — Instagram @grailwoodworks

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woodbutcherbynight

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#9 posted 06-18-2018 02:58 AM

Forgot about Canada…. oops. Grizzly could be your friend then. For $27

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Heat-Gun-1200-Watt/H0800

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Andre

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#10 posted 06-18-2018 03:03 AM

Peavey mart an all else fails, Walmart? I used to use Chapmans wax from L.V. and the Shellac would clean it off?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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