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post #1 of 2 Old 10-23-2012, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
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Fixing an opaque wax finish

Hi all,

Novice here, making a bench of some rough timber and black iron pipe. Aiming for a rough look, but no splinters on the seat, so I sanded the beam down a bit but left crevices there. Stained the wood with a minwax polyshades (stain + polyurethane in one step to seal it a bit).

Still felt rougher than I'd like, so I thought a wax finish might fill in the gaps a bit, smooth it (saw this suggested on the This Old House website). Got some TreWax clear paste wax, applied, but here's the "rub" fillls up the crevices and sits there waxy white. (see pictures). Thoughts on how to fix? Need to start all over by sanding it down or mineral spirits? Stain over that wax to color it?

Any suggestions much appreciated...just muddling my way through a DIY.

Thank you.
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I believe I would get the wax off and coat it a clear oil based polyurethane. I'm not going to kid you as rough as the bench is, it will be difficult to get enough wax off to do this. I would start with a scrub brush and a wax and grease remover. Work the wax loose with the scrub brush and blot the solution up with clean rags. Keep repeating the process changing the rags beyond getting the white off. Any trace of the wax left will prevent adhesion of the polyurethane you need to topcoat it with.
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