Getting white specks out of a waxed poly finish

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Forum topic by torea posted 02-12-2017 05:45 PM 794 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-12-2017 05:45 PM

Topic tags/keywords: paste wax wax poly white specks dust in wood grain

Hey all,

I’m in a bit of a pickle. I was in the final step of a project and I screwed something up. After putting several coats of poly onto the walnut coaster holder I made, I went to wax it with a Johnson paste wax. I’ve used this wax tons of times before with no problems, but this time, everything got really sticky. I buffed out what I could then decided to let it sit to see if the stickiness would go away. It mostly did, but now the finish has white specks stuck in the grain (presumably from the wax, cause they weren’t there before).

I’m planning on giving this as a gift on Wednesday so I’m basically out of time. All the resources I’ve found about specks in the finish point to what to do BEFORE the specks get in there but I don’t have the luxury of sanding it off and redoing it at the moment.

Does anyone have any tricks for getting rid of those specks? Thanks in advance for the help…

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#1 posted 02-12-2017 06:01 PM

Try wiping it with Mineral Spirits, Turpentine or Naphtha.

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#2 posted 02-12-2017 06:06 PM

Mineral spirits and a toothbrush maybe? I’ve never experienced that, I can’t offer any tricks.

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 04:03 AM

Well, the mineral spirits helped with the mild stickiness but not the white specks =( any other suggestions?

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#4 posted 02-14-2017 04:07 AM

Here’s a picture of the specks, if it helps…

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#5 posted 02-14-2017 12:11 PM

Tried a toothbrush (?), that may help if the pores aren’t too deep.

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