Help! Got a little crazy with the wax need a good way to take the extra off!

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I went a little heavy with some wax on a new book shelf. I was wondering if anyone out there has a good way to take some of the excess wax off so i can get a nice even polish.


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#1 posted 893 days ago

I’d probably go card scraper. What kind of finish is under the wax?

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#2 posted 893 days ago

It’s polycrylic underneath.

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#3 posted 893 days ago

Mineral spirits?

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#4 posted 893 days ago

Mineral spirits removes wax -

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#5 posted 893 days ago

Although I haven’t tried it, Behlen makes a product to remove wax and clean wood, Behlen De-Waxer #741. It contains xylene though, so wear gloves and make sure you’ve got good air circulation if you decide to use it.

Behlen #741 (It’s the top item of the list)
Instructions for using it

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#6 posted 892 days ago

What kind of wax? Did ya let it dry completely?
I wipe on, let it haze, then buff like crazy. Is the poly fully cured? If not, let it cure for a coulpe of days before you strip with spirits.


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