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Thread: Renaissance Wax: Best way to apply?

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    Question Renaissance Wax: Best way to apply?

    I have seen a lot about ren wax being better at not showing finger prints than carnuba and it also doesn't get water spots. What is the best way to apply it? By hand or buffer?

    I was going to try it on a piece that has poly as well as on a bowl with Danish oil finish. What process should I use? Do you use it in addition to carnuba or instead of??

    Thank you all for your help in getting this newbie sorted out.

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    Keith I apply with a old T-shirt. I rub in on the pen or bowl kinda like polishing a shoe. Just make sure you have covered the whole thing and don't leave gaps. It dries almost instantly but I let it sit for a minute or two. I buff either on the lathe with the same T-shirt or will buff on the beall buff.
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    Do you use a seperate buffing wheel for the ren wax? Can I use a wheel rake clean my carnuba wheel and use that one?

    Thanks!

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    I put on a thin coat of wax and let it dry, then either use a microfiber towel or a buffing wheel to shine it up. I use the same wheel that I use for carnauba, but I've never really loaded the wheel much at all with the carnauba in the first place. I'm sure you'd be fine, but if your wheel has a lot of wax build-up, raking is probably a good idea.

    I think you'll like the Renaissance Wax. The "no fingerprints" claim is amazingly true. I also make sure I have it in the booth at shows for quick touch-ups when necessary. (That's where I use the microfiber towels for buffing.)
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    Thanks Bernie and Vaughn!

    Do you use the ren wax in addition to the carnuba, or do you use it instead of carnuba??

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    Usually instead of, although I've not had any problems when I've used it after the carnauba.
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    Great, thanks Vaughn

    I will stop and pick some up on my way home. I hope to post some pictures of the finished peppermills tomorrow!

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    Renwax is tops!

    Hello Keith,

    I have sung the praises of Renwax for many years and yes, it is as good as you have heard, if not better. I wrote an article about Renwax that you may want to take a look at...

    http://www.woodturningvideosplus.com...lline-wax.html

    Here is another in-depth article about various waxes and some application tips from a woodturners perspective:

    http://www.woodturningvideosplus.com/wax-finishes.html

    Happy Reading!
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    Steve Russell
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    Thanks Steve, your article is the one that got me to thinking about the renwax.

    You already had me going to buy some, just wanted to confirm proper application of the wax.

    Your website has been very informative, infact I picked up a turkey fryer 2 weeks ago on craigslist so I can try boiling some apple I am going to rough turn after christmas.

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    You guys sold me too. I picked up a can at Woodcraft using a 20% off coupon. I'll follow the instructions presented here for some ice cream scoops I'm making this weekend. Thanks to all.



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