fingernail scratches after wax

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Forum topic by savan posted 03-27-2013 03:34 PM 755 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-27-2013 03:34 PM

After sanding to 400 and with 3 coats of poly (first 2 brushed and last rattle canned) I applied some minwax wax.

after a day of curing i buffed like crazy w/ a rag. I get it to the point of a nice sheen but if i run the back of my fingernail even ever so lightly on the surface it makes a scratch that I can just buff right back out.

Does this mean I still have too much wax on and that I need to keep buffing? If so, is anyone using power buffing like some kind of pad on the ROS?

Thanks in advance-

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#1 posted 03-27-2013 03:44 PM

I would guess the wax went on too thick and it didn’t cure all the way through, so when you buffed, you exposed uncured wax. Wax needs to go on very thin to cure properly.

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#2 posted 03-27-2013 05:32 PM

I’m not a pro, but my first thought was you need to let the poly cure for 7-30 days first… especially if its in a cool location.

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