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Forum topic by WoodenSoldier posted 1043 days ago 610 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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1043 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: wax waxing finishing problems

I’ve reached the worst part of every project for me: finishing it.

So I keep hearing about how nice a wax looks on furniture so I decided to give it a shot on a walnut shaker table I made. I finished it with two coats of a Minwax/poly mix sanded with 000 steel wool between each application. Then last night I wiped on some wax. Today I came back to buff it out, but it looks terrible. All smudgey and swriley. I can’t seem to buff it out.
Could it be because I left it on for 24 hrs without buffing it? Or maybe something else?
If anybody has any suggestions I would appreciate it. The top of my table looks pretty bad.

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#1 posted 1042 days ago

Slightly dampen a rag with mineral spirits and rub out the wax. The mineral spirits will thin out the wax and allow you to smooth it out and work it into the wood. Normally it’s best to just let the wax haze over then wipe it off.

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#2 posted 1042 days ago

Ya didn’t say what wax you used. I wax all finished surfaces after the finish has FULLY CURED. Rub it on, let it haze, rub it off. Now, I don’t do gloss final finishes. I rub ‘em out with oooo wool and wax. The gloss finishes will give ya better depth and color before de-glossing.


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#3 posted 1022 days ago

Tim, that worked great! Thanks!

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