wax finish - heat gun?

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Forum topic by JeffP posted 07-18-2015 02:08 PM 2579 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2015 02:08 PM

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Recently I have seen a few youtube videos where they are using a wax finish…and they are hitting the project with a heat gut after applying the wax.

They didn’t explain what that heat gun step was supposed to accomplish.

Looks more like they are melting the applied wax rather than trying to dry it.

Can someone explain?

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#1 posted 07-18-2015 04:26 PM

I bet the melted wax will run into the crevices and pores better & easier than rubbing it in.

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#2 posted 07-18-2015 05:35 PM

I believe that drying isn’t so much the goal, per se, than it is to spread it thinly. A heat gun will melt, thin the coating and spread it about, melting it into fissures. I think the goal with a wax finish is to get it thin, and then burnish it to a shine with a cloth, etc.

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#3 posted 07-19-2015 12:51 AM

Right, that’s what’s happening, the heat gun is used to melt the wax to thin it down. Much easier to ensure it gets everywhere while it’s wet. Then you let it dry off and burnish.

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