We have a deck in serious need of resealing. At a party this past weekend,
someone knocked over a citronella candle, spilling about a quart of molten wax
onto what is, for the most part, exposed wood. Nobody mentioned it, so I didn't
discover it till yesterday. It has had a few days to soak in very nicely.
Does anybody know if a way to pull wax out of wood? I'm thinking I may need to
replace a few boards here, but would hope there is a trick someone can share.
And yes, I'll beat you all to the obvious wisecrack, I definately don't nead to
reseal ~that~ section of the deck anymore.......
If I were doing this, I would melt the wax with a heatgun or
hairdryer and wipe it up. Then--while keeping it warm enough to keep
it liquid but cool enough not to ignite anything, I would clean it
with something like mineral spirits.
After that, depending on what it looked like, I would sand it
and retreat it with something that would blend in.
If this or something similar does not work, I would try
turning the board over rather than replacing it.
There have been a couple of good suggestions so far, but I think I might want to
clarify something. There is no residual mound of wax on the surface. There is
nothing to wipe up or off. This was hot liquid wax that has soaked into the
board. At the moment, the board looks like it is wet or oily, where the wax has
permiated the wood.
Please, keep the suggestions coming..
Gently scrap off whatever you can using an old credit card; you could
use a putty knife if you are careful not to damage the wood. Place a
paper towel over the spill and iron the top. Replace with a fresh
paper towel to get more wax. Use mineral spirits to pick up the
<< Does anybody know if a way to pull wax out of wood? >>
Take advantage of the ability of chlorinated solvents to dissolve hydrocarbons
like wax. Typical solvents are methylene chloride (a component of many paint
removers), chloroform, carbon tetrachloride, trichloroethylene, to mention a
few. These are industrial solvents and may be a bit hard to find. Look for
common names like Triclene for trichloroethylene. Some dry cleaning solvents
fit this category. As always use good safety techniques, read the labels,
adequate ventilation, etc. HTH
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