Oil... Wax? I need a 'non-permanent' finish

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Forum topic by thejaz posted 09-13-2011 04:12 AM 890 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-13-2011 04:12 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question oak finishing refurbishing

I just removed four layers of paint from a red oak high back chair.
The owner of the chair plans to sell it, so the finish is up to me.
What I’d like to do, is apply a finish that celebrates the wood without making it difficult for the future owner to remove.
Wax?... Oil?... I got no ideas.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

-- Tom Snyder - theJaz

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#1 posted 09-13-2011 04:59 AM

I would put a wax on it, will give it a nice sheen, and it could be removed if required.

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#2 posted 09-13-2011 06:06 AM

Thanks Jusfine!
Do you have a favorite wax—and, how is it removed?

-- Tom Snyder - theJaz

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#3 posted 09-13-2011 08:37 AM

A few coats of shellac and then paste wax on top is thin, removable,
and looks great, popping the grain. Also fast to apply.

Wax tends to stick in the pores of open-grained wood, which doesn’t
usually look so good. If the grain is adequately coated with another
finish, this effect is reduced.

Linseed oil smells good. It can be mixed with beeswax and thinner
for a 1-coat finish that looks (and smells) great. Lacks durability but
pops the grain.

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#4 posted 09-13-2011 08:40 AM

Howard Feed -N- Wax I think its the best. We have a collection of antique furniture and it is used on everything. I also like to use it on raw wood, turned on the lathe.

-- I just don't understand. I have cut it 3 times and it is still to short.

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