Howard feed-n-wax or minwax paste wax?

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Forum topic by Oliver1650 posted 07-26-2014 04:30 AM 12889 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2014 04:30 AM

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Hi, I am looking for advice on this product as a finishing touch to my grandfather clock I have been building. The picture shows the color of the clock (red oak w/ rustolem american walnut oil stain and three coats of minwax wipe on satin poly). I picked up this Howard feed-n-wax tonight, I was looking for paste wax for darker wood but did not find any. I also have on hand minwax natural color finishing wax but I had a bad experience with it getting cloudy on a walnut shelf I built a few years ago and I am gun shy to use it on this clock project. My plan is to rub out the finish with either of these products and 0000 steel wool tomorrow, it is a wedding present for my daughter, the wedding is in two weeks and I need to get the finish wrapped so I can install the clock guts and glass before my deadline.

Any opinions on which wax I would be better off with?


-- Dan

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#1 posted 07-26-2014 12:00 PM

I don’t really have advice for your clock, but maybe this will help. I use the Howards feed and wax for older dry wood. I don’t apply it with steel wool, its to thin. Test it to see if it gives the results you want.

my wife would use lemon oil on your clock.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 07-26-2014 01:35 PM

For open grained woods I apply wax with cheesecloth to be certain no steel gets into the wood.

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#3 posted 07-26-2014 05:41 PM

Thanks for the ideas, I used both products on a test finished board last night and both seemed ok this morning, the paste wax applied with steel wool was a bit smoother, also i didn’t see any cloudiness so I think i will go with that first and then maybe follow up with the Howard’s, maybe save it for something else.

-- Dan

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#4 posted 07-26-2014 07:03 PM

Howards feed n wax is awesome. It’s the only finish I use now. Enhances the beauty of the wood quite well and it’s easy to apply.

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#5 posted 07-26-2014 10:16 PM

It looks like a great project that you put a lot of time into. I would take your time about which product or if you are going to use either. I would watch the two test samples for up to a week and make certain they get some bright light and varying conditions. I cringe a little at putting anything on a poly finish for quite some time. While they feel dry, they will continue to dry for several weeks. I know on stuff that I have built, that it takes that long for the finish to get to its final hardness.

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#6 posted 07-27-2014 03:52 AM

well I thought about it some more, did another test comparison on the back panel and top panel of the clock and decided to use the Howard’s on the whole thing. I am pretty pleased with the results so far, it was very easy to apply, thanks again for the advice! I will post it in the projects when I get it done.

-- Dan

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#7 posted 07-27-2014 05:03 AM

I’ve used a lot of the Howards products refinishing antiques. Like what was said above, they work great on old dry wood finishes. The orange oil spray works fine to. I used the Howard wax like above on lacquer finish and actually had better luck with the Johnson, old school, paste wax in a can. For poly I usually wait a bit for it to cure, then lightly sand with 600g, then wax.

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#8 posted 07-27-2014 01:07 PM

Johnson’s or Butcher’s is all that’s needed.

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