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Does waxing an oil finish make future oil applications difficult/impossible?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by rwkeating, Dec 4, 2018.

  1. rwkeating


    Oct 1, 2014
    I like an oil finish because it feels good, is easy to apply, looks good and easy to repair. If you wax an oil finish, can you re-oil it? I am thinking in terms of a touch up and/or repair. If you can reapply the oil, how do you do it? Do you just apply the oil as usual or do you have to strip the wax first? I am trying to decide if it is better to wax or not wax.

    The answer may raise many more questions, but I'll stop here for now.

    My go to has been Danish oil (if that makes a difference in the answer to this question.)
  2. HaMMerHeD

    HaMMerHeD Supporting Member

    May 20, 2005
    Norman, OK, USA
    Yeah, if you want to re-apply the oil to the wood, it will be necessary to ensure that there's no wax on the surface.

    But..wax comes off pretty easily, so I don't think it makes it significantly more difficult. If the oil finish is worn to a state that needs touching up, it's likely that the wax is already worn off from those spots.
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  3. Teacher


    May 3, 2012
  4. On a related question, what do you use to take the wax off? Say Minwax or Johnson's paste wax? My first thought is mineral spirits.
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