until now, I have mainly done turning and have used paste wax without
a problem. however, I have just completed my first 'proper' table. The
top was lovingly oiled and wet sanded for a week and was looking
pretty damned good. I then waxed it with Black Bison clear wax. The
finish in places is very good, but there are a lot of swirl marks that
I can't seem to get out, and a generally inconsistent finish.
I've tried applying the wax with a cloth and 0000wire wool, but the
same happens. I've tried leaving it for 5 mins, 20 mins and 2 hours,
but the same happens. I've tried doing small patches, and doing the
whole thing at once.
On 14 Apr 2004 07:50:19 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org
(Richard Williamson) wrote:
My first thought was "bloom."
That just means water that was trapped in the finish. Was the humidity
very high when you applied the wax?
In any case, I would take a soft cloth, rub the table down, and then
wait... Several days. If it is bloom, the problem may just fix itself
as the trapped moisture dries out (provided, of course, that you have
a brief run of dry weather, or a heated shop etc.
5 minutes is probably too long and the wax is drying before you get it off.
The carnuba content is hard stuff and difficult to clean up once dry. Try
just wiping it on and immediately off. Wax on, wax off so to speak.
Meanwhile you might try cleaning it up with a white scotchbrite pad on your
ROS. The white is not quite an abrasive, just nylon and will generally
provide the elbow grease needed to cut carnuba.
email@example.com (Richard Williamson) wrote in message
Whenever I have swirl marks from final waxing I get rid of them by
putting a small amount of mineral spirits on the buffing cloth. Not so
much that you remove the wax but enough to make the wax a little
"runny". Let me say that I always have done this when I'm waxing over
shellac. Not sure what mineral spirits would do to your oil finish.
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