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post #1 of 6 Old 07-04-2020, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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water droplets while waxing a door

Good morning. My name is Paul, and I know very little about woodworking. I hope this is the right place to ask this question.
My wife and I recently bought a bare wood door. We decided to use Varathane Classic Paste Finishing Wax on it. Yesterday, we put the door on saw horses in the garage and worked on it there. Later, we discovered that the garage had a leak in the roof, and we got tiny water droplets splattered all over the wood. Now there are tiny dots on the wood and it looks terrible. What can we do to fix it? Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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You say "worked on it." Does that mean you put the wax on it or what? How much later was it when you discovered the water droplets?


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We applied the wax yesterday in the afternoon. It rained last night. We discovered the issue this morning. Attached is a picture from this morning.
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welcome to the forum.
have you experimented on a small spot of applying more wax
with some aggressive buffing ??
a "light wipe" with denatured alcohol (DA),
VM&P Naphtha or 100% Mineral Spirits would be my next step.
without any of us actually being there in your atmospheric conditions,
it is hard to provide any kind of actual advice.
so it must be trial and error on your part.
usually, I start with the least aggressive methods and work my way up the ladder.
let us know how it works out for you.

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Thanks, I'll give that a try.
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Problem: This product is not for use on exterior surfaces. as you learned by the water droplets.

I assume that this is an interior door but none the less, it will be a real pain in the rump removing the water spots.
There are varying views on here and I am of the opinion that wax only belongs on a hard finish, no matter what the manufacturer says.

You now cannot apply a hard finish like urethane or varnish unless this door is completely stripped. So, in the future watch for splashes from soda or beer cans.

John Smith has given good advice.

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