|Forum topic by Lee Barker||posted 05-31-2012 06:25 PM||9043 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
05-31-2012 06:25 PM
I had three identical musical instrument parts and all three needed a wax finish. Aha! I’ll do a comparison, since I have close to a hoard of different paste wax brands in the squat cans. All three were applied with 000 steel wool, allowed to dry per the label, and buffed by hand. Temp in the shop was about 75o F.
I chose Johnson’s, MinWax and Briwax. Results later; first the question:
The Briwax had about 1/4 remaining in it. When I pressed the steel wool down to pick some material up, the material gave—there was space under it, as if solvent had evaporated or there was an air bubble when the can was filled with product.
My question: Can the solvents evaporate from a product like this, and if so, what would the remainder look and feel like? Your experience please.
The feel of that first dip into the Briwax can came back to mind because that product was very difficult to buff. I considered, briefly, heading to NAPA to buy a two handed car buffer! The product seemed to have the correct consistency in application. I stayed with hand buffing, marking out a section and working that, turning the cloth a lot, and finally got it right. The sheen was a nice semi gloss.
The MinWax went on just as easily, perhaps a little more even, buffed out readily and left a pleasing sheen.
The Johnson’s was my favorite. Dry time was brief (“to a haze”) and the buffing yielded a bit more sheen than the others.
Another note: Both MinWax and Johnson’s mention floors on the label; Briwax does not.
The issue of dry time is worth examining. Since all these products are releasing solvents which evaporate, is it reasonable to expect that higher temps would generate quicker drying? If that is the case, the minutes suggested should perhaps be adjusted.
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"