A different view of Watco Satin Wax (positive)

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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 10-08-2013 03:51 PM 919 views 1 time favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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10-08-2013 03:51 PM

I use this product frequently, most usually when the subject has grooves or voids where paste wax would collect and be white. This stuff doesn’t respond that way. It should further be noted that when I get to this stage on a project I am like a horse who sniffs the barn at the end of a cold run.

The setting was with three such objects (instrument bodies), weather was in the seventies so the shop was not unusually warm or cold.

I applied too much first time around. I knew if I wiped it hard, I’d be back to square one, so I very lightly flattened it with a folded cotton cloth. For wax, it was pretty thick.

There were some vertical surfaces as well as horizontal.

After several hours (for no intentional reason other than curiosity) I went back and did the same thing. The prior result was too thick to have dried, so I was doing a little more spreading.

Then I forgot about it. (This all takes place in a little finishing room, 6’ x 8’. Out of sight, out of mind)

Went back the next day (“Oh! Yeah! That!”) and the finish was like glass. Gorgeous.

There were some areas where my prep was not quite there, so I wet sanded with more wax and did essentially the same thing. It blended.

Came out beautiful, and the feel and look are superior to anything I’ve ever got with Watco Satin.

Do you have any unorthodox protocols with any kind of wax that could help us improve this critical but often rushed step?



-- " 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"

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#1 posted 10-09-2013 03:08 AM

Stradivarius worked his magic too

out of passion like you

not the drudgery of most

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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