Lundmark Wax Remover ive used on floors many times with a buffer, but
its water base so if this is furniture you have to be carefull and
test an area. Paint remover should work great and be safe, are you
sure its just wax and not a bunch of modern polymer chemicals added to
the wax. Why do you think its still in the wood,, is it sticky?
Mineral spirits and laquer thinner are strong enough, and a good
Methelene Chloride paint remover should be even better.
Well, yeah, it's sticky. I only THINK it's wax inasmuch as lacquer thinner
removed SOME of it.
I'd rather not use paint remover 'cause that would attack the underlying
stain. I was hoping to get the finish (wax?) off so I could re-varnish the
table, but if I have to go down to the bare wood, well, so be it.
I've already spent the better parts of three weeks on HALF the goddamn table
top. What's another lifetime?
If it's really wax, ammonia is the old standard for removing built up
wax on floors.
Not sure what process you should use, I did a quick google to double
check on ammonia and there are lots of tips on how to use it to remove wax.
Xylene is the common solvent for carnauba wax and similar. Used make
Simonize smell funny in the old days before California found out it
causes acne. If nothing else works and you need to get to bare wood
use any bodied methylene chloride paint remover. Still the best.
A few thoughts and questions:
1) You stared that the finish / topcoat was sticky. This may be due to more
than just wax. It could be from the oil in hands slowly deteriorating the
finish. Wax removers alone will not get all of this but a good cleaning
with both water and solvent based cleaners should.
2) Are you using lots of cleaning cloths or paper towels when you wipe away
the wax? You do not want to spread the wax / silicone around. Keep using a
new face of the cleaning cloth / paper towel each time you make a swipe.
3) You stated that you are getting bubbles when you lay down the finish.
Typically, residual wax / silicone creates fish eyes / craters. If you
really are getting bubbles, it suggests that either the technique you are
using to lay down the finish is not sufficient (unlikely given what you say
you have tried) or the temperature of your shop is such that it is warming
as you go making any trapped air come to the surface. It could also be due
to a naturally oily wood as someone else suggested.
Thanks for the suggestions. I'm convinced the bubbles came from the
underlying fininsh, wax, grime, or the territorial markings of the
star-faced mole. After taking everything down to where the screws were
showing, I was able to lay down a superb finish.
Except for one or two spots the tablecloth should cover.
I think the previous owner sprayed it with Sani-Flush instead of Pledge.
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