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Removing Wax
Jun 28th, 2017 at 7:20pm
 
I have two flame box elder pieces that I want to put some spar varnish on.  However, before I do that I need to remove the Rem wax and the carnauba wax that I have on top of each piece.  The Rem is on top of the carnauba. Any suggestions on how to best remove these waxes so I can put on the spar varnish?
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Re: Removing Wax
Reply #1 - Jun 28th, 2017 at 10:52pm
 
Is there any proper finish under the ren and carnuba wax?

There are many vinegar and water recipes that claim to work but I have not tried it on an entire piece.
There is always the option of sanding the piece again.
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Reply #2 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 6:40am
 
Have you tried mineral spirits?  I would try just a cloth applicator but perhaps with a steel wool or scotchbrite pad if that didn't work.
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Reply #3 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 6:43am
 
Mike Nathal wrote on Jun 29th, 2017 at 6:40am:
ave you tried mineral spirits? 


This is what I would do.
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Reply #4 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 7:04am
 
Ed, both pieces have been dipped in oil.
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Reply #5 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 7:15am
 
Seem to recall that finishing books mentioned naptha to remove wax without harming underlying finish.  If there are cracks, and other low spots, may need to scrub with soft nylon bristle brush.  Not sure how one can confirm that all remnants of the wax removed.

UV inhibitors work by absorbing UV light, which destroys the inhibitors - they are not permanent.
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Reply #6 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 9:05am
 
Don Stephan wrote on Jun 29th, 2017 at 7:15am:
Not sure how one can confirm that all remnants of the wax removed.

This was my concern.

You have an oil (penetrating or close to the wood finish) coated with two types of wax.
Now you want to "strip off" just the wax and put a spar urethane finish over the oil finish, is this correct?

Personally I would use MS as suggested and probably re-sand the entire piece. Any remnant of either of the previous waxes finishes will inhibit the urethane's ability to adhere. (poly won't stick to wax)
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Reply #7 - Jun 29th, 2017 at 9:39am
 
Ed, your first paragraph is correct.

Some one mentioned after wiping down the turning with more mineral spirits or acetone is to put a coat of shellac on as a sealer before the spar varnish.
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Reply #8 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 5:34pm
 
I just came across an article by Alan Lacer in American Woodturner (Fall 2006).  He states that several solvents will remove wax, including naptha, turpentine and mineral spirits.  As an aside, the AAW's new search function (called "Explore") has come in handy the few times i have used it.
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Reply #9 - Jul 2nd, 2017 at 8:01pm
 
Thanks Mike
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Reply #10 - Jul 3rd, 2017 at 8:35am
 
Mike Nathal wrote on Jul 2nd, 2017 at 5:34pm:
I just came across an article by Alan Lacer in American Woodturner (Fall 2006).  He states that several solvents will remove wax, including naptha, turpentine and mineral spirits.


Removing wax is easy.
Removing wax without harming the underlying finish is more difficult.
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