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Forum topic by Jeffreaux2 posted 09-18-2013 02:16 PM 591 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeffreaux2

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09-18-2013 02:16 PM

I am finishing up a Nantucket Bench constructed of Sinker Cypress. I have already wiped in a dose or two of the Howard’s Feeed N Wax. Is there a satin finish I can seal it with?

Shellac? Poly? Or…...?

-- Regards, Jeff


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pintodeluxe

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 07:02 PM

Sealer or topcoat needs to be applied before any wax product. If you seal it now, the finish won’t adhere properly.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Bill White

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 08:10 PM

Might wanna wipe down real well with naphtha, add a coat of dewaxed shellac (Seal Coat), buff with a non-woven pad, then apply your top coat of choice.
Interior or exterior use?
Bill

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Clint Searl

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#3 posted 09-18-2013 08:57 PM

You already blew it. Just smear more wax over it, and be done.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-19-2013 01:20 AM

I have put shellac over mineral oil/wax mixture and much to my surprise it worked perfectly! I did nothing to remove the MO/wax before applying the shellac.Click for details

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tefinn

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#5 posted 09-19-2013 01:38 AM

You might get away with just shellac like gfadvm, but I’d do as Bill says. You’ll have a better chance of getting good adhesion after a thorough wipe down with naptha. If you’re going to use the shellac as the top coat, it doesn’t have to be dewaxed.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Jeffreaux2

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#6 posted 09-19-2013 02:58 AM

I put a couple coats of Danish oil on it. I’m going to see what is looks like in a day or two. I am considering a sanding sealer and then breewax.

-- Regards, Jeff

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tefinn

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#7 posted 09-19-2013 03:26 AM

You just made it worse. Nothing, except for maybe the shellac that was suggested, will adhere to the wax you put on the wood. The Danish oil may dry if your lucky, but it will eventually fail.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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Finisherman

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 05:33 PM

At this point, I think that your best bet might be to strip the finish and start over. If that’s not an option, and assuming that the Danish oil dries properly, apply several coats of dewaxed shellac after allowing the Danish oil to cure thoroughly. Don’t try to apply lacquer, varnish, poly or waterborne finish over the Howard’s. You’ll be asking for trouble if you do. Having said that, you might get away with applying lacquer over the dewaxed shellac, but I don’t know if I’d want to take that risk.

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