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05-02-2017 01:21 AM

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Hello, newbie here with a wood turning finish question. I use the Beale Buffing System (carnauba wax finish) on most of my wooden bowls. Sometimes over a sealer, usually directly to the sanded and buffed wood. How can the carnauba wax finish be maintained, with the same gloss and protection, w/o the buffing system? No one that I give or sell my bowls to has a buffer. Please advise, thank you.

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 10:05 AM

JMHO wax is not a finish, merely a decoration. Having said that wax will oxidize over time if not used and handled much, buffing with soft rag by hand should bring back some luster. No wax will stand up to everyday use and handling without reapplication. Any commercial paste wax will and soft rag restore original sheen. Forget about lemon scented oil or spray wax cleaners (Pledge, etc) they are good at removing dust and smelling nice for few minutes but nothing more.

Most woodturners use different film (lacquer, shellac, poly, or varnish) wiping varnish/poly, or varnish oil blends to finish all their bowls to preserve & protect same as I do. While many woodturners claim once a finish has dried it is food safe, which disagree with see link below.

Only exception for me is bowls actually used for mixing or eating out of, only use mineral oil (laxative) as a finish. Do provide those people with a bottle of mineral oil so can reapply as needed. Only other oil would consider using is Mahoney’s Walnut oil with no wax. Mineral & walnut oil provide a matt finish and am fine with that.

Doctor’s Woodshop also sells pure walnut oil and like Mahoney has a walnut oil & wax product too. Doc’s friction finishes nothing more than shellac & oil base finish.

-- Bill

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