Waxing wood

Wax provides another option for finishing bare wood in the home. The products available range from the natural waxes through to synthetic varieties, and there are also a number of different colours to suit different tastes. Traditionally, wax is applied with a cloth, but it is now possible to buy types designed to be applied by brush. Wood surfaces must be completely stripped of all other coatings before wax is applied.

how to sand wood 1. Fill any holes using a suitable wood filler and, when dry, sand the entire surface smooth with medium grade sandpaper followed by a fine grade.
wax for wood 2. Apply a scoop of wax using a soft cloth, working it into the  grain until no smears of wax are left. Try to apply as even a coat as possible.
brushing wax 3. If you are using a brushing wax, apply the wax with a paintbrush. Make sure that it is well brushed into the wood.
buffing wax 4. Once the wax is dry, but not fully hardened, use a clean soft cloth to buff off the surface. This will remove any excess and provide a smooth finish.
steel wool and wood wax 5. As an alternative to using a soft cloth, you may also use a fine grade of steel wool to buff the finish. Only use steel wool if specified by the manufacturer.

Waxing wood tips

  • Take care when choosing a filler for the wood, before applying the wax. Some fillers are coloured and are therefore camouflaged by a similarly coloured finish. Others can accept colour when the finish is applied over them.
  • Waxes can generally not be applied outside.
  • The more coats you apply off a wax, the greater depth of finish will be achieved.


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