This may be useful info only for novices like me, but the Briwax
worked very well. As mentioned earlier, Briwax contains toluene, so
try on a hidden test area. Also, if you apply with a cotton cloth, it
will be much gentler on the preexisting finish than if you apply with
0000 steel wool. So, here's how I did it (thanks to the info on the
1. Apply wax with 100% cotton cloth (e.g. t-shirt).
2. You will probably apply too much wax (if you are a novice like
me), so, after the wax dries (minutes), buff very gently with 0000
steel wool until the finish starts to shine and the steel wool no
longer drags across the finish. The purpose of this step is to remove
3. Buff with 100% cotton cloth.
4. If after step 3 there are streaks/smears in the finish, buff
lightly with 0000 steel wool to remove a little more wax, then buff
again with cotton cloth.
This process worked very well for me and I am now a great fan of
Briwax. Thanks to all for your help!