Wax for a red oak table?

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 01-30-2012 11:31 PM 1357 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2012 11:31 PM

I am finishing a red oak dinning table that I have been told to use wax on as a final coat. What does the wax do after 2 coats of gloss poly and a coat of gloss varnish (sanded with 320 between poly and varnish coats)? What type of wax?

I would like to use my Festool RO 125 FEQ Rotex Sander with a sponge head to apply. What else should I use to apply wax?


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#1 posted 01-30-2012 11:43 PM

Wax will offer SOME protection to that finish. If the table is used often, even with a cloth on top, the wax will need to be renewed at least quarterly.
I use Johnson’s paste wax and apply it with a barely damp cloth. Polish with T shirt material. No need to apply or polish mechanically.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 11:59 PM

I like Howards Walnut paste wax. It only needs to be applied every year or two.

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#3 posted 02-02-2012 04:22 AM

Wax will add no protection. You already have enough with the three coats mentioned. I always complete the process by rubbing out with 0000 steel wool lubed with wax, either Johnsons or Butchers, and buffing with old towel or tshirt. The result is a soft glow that’s mighty nice.

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