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Mtowens

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09-17-2020 10:37 AM

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My brother n law and I built this pulpit for pastor appreciation, celebrating 30 years. It was built out of premium pine purchased from the local Lowe’s. We used Varethane’ Special Walnut and it has about 4 coats of polyurethane on it with a final rubbed finish of 0000 steel wool and paste wax.
The problem I am running into now is the preacher was preaching tonight and his suit coat rubbed the top somewhere and the wax came off onto his coat.
We have built and finished this out of my garage with limited resources thus the rubbing with 0000 steel wool and paste to cover all the dust from polyurethane
What can I do to fix the top area where suit coats will have the chance of rubbing off the wax?


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Fred Hargis

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#1 posted 09-17-2020 12:34 PM

Are you sure it’s the wax that rubbed off on his coat? It dries pretty hard, a lot of guys use on table saw tops and it doesn’t rub off on the wood.

PS, really like the work you did, quite nice!

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#2 posted 09-17-2020 12:52 PM



Are you sure it s the wax that rubbed off on his coat? It dries pretty hard, a lot of guys use on table saw tops and it doesn t rub off on the wood.

- Fred Hargis


Yeah, doesn’t make sense. What kind of paste wax is it? Sounds oily…

-- Bstrom

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pottz

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#3 posted 09-17-2020 02:13 PM

ive been using liberon black bison paste wax,dries to a hard finish and very durable.not the cheapest wax but you get what you pay for.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Mtowens

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#4 posted 09-17-2020 02:32 PM

I used Varethane finish paste wax natural.

I am under the impression that when his elbow rubbed across it, the polyester suit coat heated the wax a bit and rubbed off a bit.

Maybe I didn’t apply it right.

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Mtowens

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#5 posted 09-17-2020 02:34 PM

I will definitely look in to the liberon black bison paste wax.

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Rich

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#6 posted 09-17-2020 02:38 PM


ive been using liberon black bison paste wax,dries to a hard finish and very durable.not the cheapest wax but you get what you pay for.

- pottz

+1. Renaissance is good too. It’s expensive, but a little goes a long way. Like pottz said, wax should dry hard and should never rub off on clothes (or a dust cloth for that matter). Also, in the Liberon class, Briwax is a good product.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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SMP

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#7 posted 09-17-2020 02:52 PM

Most of the commercial paste waxes I have used dry really hard. But you have to buff them out really well after applying to get all of the haze and residue off. Maybe some residue was left behind? I’ve never used the varathane but have used minwaxes and i would guess they are similar.

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Fred Hargis

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#8 posted 09-17-2020 03:18 PM



I used Varethane finish paste wax natural.

I am under the impression that when his elbow rubbed across it, the polyester suit coat heated the wax a bit and rubbed off a bit.

Maybe I didn’t apply it right.

- Mtowens

I suppose that’s possible (the “didn’t apply right”) if you didn’t let it haze and then buff it back. But most all the paste waxes will harden to the point where they wouldn’t rub off on fabric.

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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pottz

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#9 posted 09-17-2020 04:01 PM


ive been using liberon black bison paste wax,dries to a hard finish and very durable.not the cheapest wax but you get what you pay for.

- pottz

+1. Renaissance is good too. It s expensive, but a little goes a long way. Like pottz said, wax should dry hard and should never rub off on clothes (or a dust cloth for that matter). Also, in the Liberon class, Briwax is a good product.

- Rich


+1 briwax,ive got some in the cabinet right now.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Madmark2

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#10 posted 09-17-2020 09:36 PM

(Wry comment) Maybe you should find a pastor that doesn’t wear polyester … (snicker – sorry – couldn’t resist – thinking of popof/dollar/baker/osteen et al)

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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Mtowens

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#11 posted 09-17-2020 09:43 PM

Thank y’all so much for the input. I thought for I had done something extremely wrong or used the wrong product for this. I am new to this finishing technique and really love it.
I will definitely work on perfecting it and getting top quality wax

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Madmark2

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#12 posted 09-17-2020 10:37 PM

Take a collection for a new (non-polyester) suit for the pastor …

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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SMP

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#13 posted 09-18-2020 01:03 AM



Take a collection for a new (non-polyester) suit for the pastor …

- Madmark2

The pastor should be waxing lyrical, not waxing the pulpit with his sleeve.

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Mtowens

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#14 posted 09-18-2020 02:45 AM

Thanks again for the help but that’s enough with the jokes.

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pottz

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#15 posted 09-18-2020 02:48 AM



Thanks again for the help but that’s enough with the jokes.

- Mtowens


i agree very distasteful.have some respect !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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