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Forum topic by jschmitz1949 posted 11-18-2011 09:43 PM 1202 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2011 09:43 PM

As I’m approaching the finish line on the latest project I would like to step up my finishing techniques.

I just completed stripping and refinishing a glider rocker and ottoman for my wife and soon-to-be born daughter. I applied a cherry stain with poly over the top. I like the results, but would like to finish it off with a top layer/coat of wax. Does anyone have recommendations for specific brand(s) or types of wax for finishing?

Thanks in advance! This is my first project in quite a while, and first one since beginning to scour LJ. Once I get the chair completed I’ll post the finished project.

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Bill White

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#1 posted 11-19-2011 04:50 PM

I use a finishing wax (MinWax makes one-Johnson another) with steel wool or a non-woven pad. There are a zillion brands and compounds out there, but I have been pleased with the two I mentioned. Just don’t use auto wax. They contain silicone. Makes a refinish job a real fish eye problem.


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#2 posted 11-19-2011 05:29 PM

+1 on not using auto wax, for the reason Bill mentioned above.

I like Renaissance Wax (microcrystalline wax polish). The containers are expensive, but you don’t need to use much of, so it goes a long way. And as Bill also said, there is a plethora of choices out there to choose from.

I’m sure you’ll get numerous other wax recommendations for this project. I haven’t tried things like Briwax (beeswax, carnauba), Liberon Black Bison (paraffin, microcrystalline, carnauba), etc., but would like to try them out as well on future projects. These 2-brands of wax also come in various colors if you want to slightly alter the color of the piece.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 06:40 PM

I have used most of the pastes, and my favorite remains a liquid: Watco Satin Finishing Wax. Available in pints and quarts, in regular or dark.

For a project that has mostly flat surfaces I can use paste wax successfully, but on spindly things, I find it much easier to get even distribution with the liquid.



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