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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 04-09-2013 10:13 PM 793 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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RussellAP

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04-09-2013 10:13 PM

After turning, I use 150g to 600g and then some EEE wax. Then I dip it in GF poly top coat and let drip till it stops, then flip it upright, tenon still on, and stand it carefully on a piece of wood with a fan across the room. They come out like glass. I’ve never done a finish this nice, even with CA.

Try it out.

I know it’s a bit unorthodox.

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#1 posted 04-09-2013 10:20 PM

Russell, This wax has always made me curious. I’m not a skilled turner, but have always wondered if you could apply it with any effectiveness by hand. Like say on a gun stock I’m building?

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#2 posted 04-09-2013 10:21 PM

Scotsman9 I just don’t know. I’ve never used it like that. It has grit in it, so you need some speed. I use paste wax by hand, and on the lathe. I’m looking for fast and beautiful and this method achieves that result. I wish I could do bowls like this.

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#3 posted 04-09-2013 10:23 PM

I remember someone posting a while back about a hard finish over wax and said it looked like a great finish, but then they updated it and said it scraped right off with their fingernail. I’m not saying yours will do this, but if the poly is on the wax and not the wood, then it just might. Before you do a big piece you may want to test it first. I wish I could remember who posted that, but all I can remember is a picture of the project with a reflection of a TV in the finish.

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#4 posted 04-09-2013 10:27 PM

Thank you Russell for your response. I’m gonna stick with the big three for the stock and then paste wax it. I know I’m thread jacking a bit, but what about a drill and wax applicator?

BTW: lets see a pic of your finished finial.

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#5 posted 04-09-2013 10:29 PM

Dale, I sure hope not. The EEE stuff isn’t like a paste wax though. This is gritty stuff that comes off easily. Wax coats the wood. I turned a birch finial this morning and used a blue dye on it. Then waxed it with paste wax then used the method above. Its coated pretty thick and shines like a jewel, I sure hope it stays on.

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#6 posted 04-09-2013 10:42 PM

Here ya go Scotsman9.

You might change your mind, three minute finishing with this result is pretty good.

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#7 posted 04-09-2013 11:15 PM

NICE !!!

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#8 posted 04-09-2013 11:28 PM

You may be right about that wax. I don’t imagine a very thin coat would be the same as the thicker paste wax. They do look nice too.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#9 posted 04-09-2013 11:29 PM

Wow! Will have to use the technique on Xmas tree ornaments.

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#10 posted 04-09-2013 11:51 PM

Have you considered shipping the wax step and sanding with wax? EEE really just removes scratches from sanding. I used to use it a lot on acrylics, but I found HUT Crystal coat works better. I dip my sand paper in a mineral oil/EEE mixture before sanding. It yields similar results for me (on wood) as waxing after the fact with EEE

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#11 posted 04-10-2013 12:20 AM

Lumberjoe, that’s how I use it, on a piece of worn out 320 Abranet. It’s more like a 1000g now, lol. I keep it in the EEE jar.
I’m going to give these about 36 hours cure time then buff them out.

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