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    MDF Shop Bench Finish Question

    I just finished construction of support and outfeed tables around my tablesaw. I've applied the first of two coats of sealer and will sand before and after applying the second coat. I was planning to use paste wax to complete the finish process and also to provide a layer to protect from glue sticking. Would another type of wax be better; i.e., easier to apply and/or a more protective surface?

    Thanks in advance for your input.
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    I think if you do a search you will find the highly detailed and almost mystical secret answer to this question will be answered repeatedly . . . Johnson's Paste Wax.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I think if you do a search you will find the highly detailed and almost mystical secret answer to this question will be answered repeatedly . . . Johnson's Paste Wax.
    Well, certainly nothing "mysterical" about your response! That's what I normally use for this application. I was just looking for a lazy guy's way to get the job done!
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    The only thing I would add is consider applying a coat or two of poly. It's much more abrasion resistant than any sealer. I too would go with JPW but, I can't seem to find it anywhere in my area.

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    I would go with Johnson's Paste Wax as well.

    If you use something else, make sure that it does not contain silicone. This is commonly found in automotive waxes/polishes. Silicone will absorb in to your work pieces and will causes problems when you go to finish them.
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    Thanks for your input, guys. When I asked the question, I was pretty sure I'd wind up using JPW but wanted to find out if there are any good alternatives. I've used a ton of JPW over the years and my arms talk to me about it for days afterward!
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