I waxed an oak table I made with liberon wax. Used wax many times before,
and found a good deal of elbow grease was required to bring up a shine, but
no complaints, I like it.. This time I can't get it to that point. It is a
wipe on poly finish with 2 coats of wax on it. I thought it was fine until I
put a strong light on it at an angle, it looked as though I had not finished
buffing the wax, sort of smeared but fine to the touch. So maybe I made a
mistake, I thought too much wax, I wiped it down with mineral oil, no help
though. Any suggestions??
Once you've applied and buffed the wax, what remains is a layer a few
molecules thick. So I don't think you are likely that you have too
much wax built up, once you do get it buffed out.
I haven't used Liberon wax so I don't know how much carnauba vs.
beeswax (more carnauba means more durable but also much more work to
How does the surface without wax look with the light at an angle? If
the poly isn't as smooth as it needs to be, you may be seeing that
effect. When I've used wipe on finishes I found I needed to rub out
the surface to get the look the way I wanted it.
It's true that it's not thick,but hard as hell to rub out, maybe too much
time has elapsed now (3 days)
Not sure of the mix, I looked by couldn't get the info on Liberon Black
Bison Paste Wax
There isn't any unwaxed surface to look at now, but it seemed fine, I prolly
had 6-7 coats of wipe on poly on there 1st. Maybe I can just flood the
surface with mineral oil & dissolve the wax, start again?
If you haven't used that combo before, the wax may have attacked the finish.
I'm not familiar with the exact product you're using, but I've had otehr
products, like BriWax, attack a finish that wasn't properly cured.
It was wipe on, so it drys fast, but cured? I only left it a day
When you sanded the poly before putting the wax on, did you get super-fine
white powder, or little gumballs? If gumballs, it wasn't fully cured. A
rub out method I took off the fww website I use before putting the wax down
goes like this:
light sand with 320
rub down with 0000 steel wool
moderate sanding with 400
vigorous rub out with med. scotch brite pad
apply wax with 0000 sw and buff out.
Leave a great finish, even for poly.
Sounds like a good plan. The poly sanded to dust, not gum balls. I like the
smell & feel of wax, but it can add some work if your not careful. How about
a buffing attachment on a drill? Might help to rub it out.
Then Chris wrote:
> Oak, 6-7 coats of wipe on , then used Liberon Bison paste wax,
I would think 6-7 coats of wipe on poly would seal the oak enough to
prevent excess wax filling the pores, so ... (from one of the web sites
selling Liberon's products):
Apply Bison Fine Paste Wax sparingly with a cloth on a delicate / French
polished surface or with ultra fine steel wool (Liberon grade 0000) when
a deeper penetration is required. Allow to dry for 20 minutes, or until
touch dry, and then buff with a clean cotton cloth or furniture brush.
Repeat the operation on new or very dry wood as it may require two or
more coats. For a better finish buff with a Liberon Furniture Brush once
the last coat has dried."
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