Waxing unpainted wood furniture is quite a popular method of finishing the piece. If you are going to wax your latest purchase, you have to first seal the wood to ensure that it does not remain permeable. If you fail to do this, the wood would absorb stains and dust which can adversely have an effect on its look over time. If you see ring marks from glasses or cups on a piece of furniture it means the owner didn’t seal it correctly and they can be a nightmare to remove.
You can seal the bare wood with both a sanding sealer or some diluted varnish. You’ll make use of 80% varnish together with 20% white spirit to get the right consistency.
Nearly all sanding sealers come in basic colours so you don’t have to worry about them tinting the wood. The can emphasize the grain but that is probably a great thing! Do not make your life harder by utilizing a low quality paint brush to use the sealant as you will use up a lot of time picking the bristles from the coat you have just applied. Get a brush with tightly packed bristles and always flex it before using to get a few loose strays.
It will be little tricks just like these that could make your life simpler and lead to a better finish when working with your unpainted wood furniture. After the unit has fully dried apply the wax finish. Furniture wax is normally made out of beeswax plus carnauba wax dissolved in turpentine. It gives wood a lovely shine and is especially suited to hardwoods such as oak.
You should apply 2 or three coats of wax. You could use transparent wax to achieve a shine or tinted wax if you want shine with a touch of color. Always force the wax deep into the pores of the wood and allow it to harden before you polish off. I discovered that using a cotton sock to shine the unpainted wood furniture gave me the perfect shine and it additionally kept my hands clean.
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