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    Avatar Of James WrightJames Wright
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    I have never used wax on a finish and have wanted to try it. What brand or type should I try first, and where do you purchase yours?

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    • Avatar Of Joshua FarnsworthJoshua Farnsworth
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      James, my favorite is “Mylands Clear Finishing Wax” You can find it here at this link. Definitely worth the price. Some top notch woodworkers recommended this to me.

       

    • Avatar Of SidesSides
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      You should try making your own. It isn’t difficult, and it gives you more control over the final results. The link should start you off in the right direction.

       

      Wax

    • Avatar Of James WrightJames Wright
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      I have thought about it. what is your recipe?

    • Avatar Of SidesSides
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      I got it from the link I posted above. I had to convert the proportions to english.

      4oz beeswax

      2oz mineral spirits

      6oz turpentine

      I melt the wax in a washed out soup can. I hold the can with pliers in a pot of boiling water. when it’s melted pour it into a larger container holding the mineral spirits and turpentine. Stir it up a little to mix it up, then let it cool. It will be about the consistency of peanut butter.

      I apply it with 0000 steel wool, buff with a clean cotton rag.

      Make sure you use good turpentine. The stuff in the big box stores sucks. Full of impurities, but it here.

      Turpentine

    • Avatar Of James WrightJames Wright
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      Nice. I love asking people because everyone has a recipe they swear by, and most of them are very close.

    • Avatar Of Darwin RichardsDarwin Richards
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      There are many available in the market today that you can choose depending which you prefer, but I am using turpentine for my wooden type entry door.

    • Avatar Of David CoverDavid Cover
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      I used this beeswax formula on a desk recently but it may not have been the right finish. Although it’s been over a week and I was able to let the tabletop sit in the sun for a day as well as sitting near the heat of a woodstove, the wax finish is still a little “tacky.” Even a few drops of liquid mar the finish.

      Does a beeswax finish ever harden like a varnish? Can I use a product like a spar varnish or urethane over the bees wax?

      Thanks,

      DC

    • Avatar Of Paulieboy09PaulieBoy09
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      I have made my own for 50 years . Equal parts refined beeswax , gum turpentine and linseed oil . For many years I used raw linseed and added a few drops of terebine . Terebine is now considered hazardous and I can’t buy it where I live in Australia so I now use ‘boiled’ linseed which has added driers . I melt the beeswax , then add the other two parts . Stir and leave 24 hours . Ready to use . It dries  to a good hardness on previously polished surfaces and I often buff hard with a shoe brush . It can be softened a bit and used on raw timber too. Hope that helps .

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