I have turned a good number of mesquite pieces. I have not had a problem with Antique Oil finish. I put 3 coats or so on and buff after curing for a couple of weeks. One thing I don't do is buff with carnuba wax. If I use a wax it is Renaissance wax. I also use gloss lacquer and don't buff. I generally put on 5 to 7 light coats. Gloss Waterlox is my favorite to use on it and 2 or 3 coats. I don't buff it either. The big thing is to let these finishes dry/cure some say a week but I let mine cure for two and some pieces I don't buff because from experience come out looking bad.
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