Friday again already? How does that happen? We’ve been back in our film studio recently, finishing off some videos that we started ages ago, and filming some brand new ones as well. We had a very special guest for a couple of them, which was great fun.You might already have seen who it was, but if you haven’t, we’ll be revealing all soon!

This was one of those weeks where I sat down to write the Newsletter and couldn’t think of anything to include. Just as I was starting at the screen the phone rang, and it gave me loads of things to write about, so, thank you unnamed caller..!

My caller had an old table that had warped, probably because it had dried out a bit. Would Lemon Oil and wax be a good combination to use on it? That got a resounding yes; the Lemon Oil would feed the wood nicely, and will go some way to keeping it straight. The wax (WoodWax 22 would be the best option on this one) will go over the oil, which would do some of the job of a sealer, and the wax would also go a little way to keeping the moisture of the table more stable. It won’t prevent warping completely, but it should slow the process down.

What about an old painted dresser, I was asked. Could the oil and wax be used on this? Some of the paint has worn fashionably worn away, so the wood needs protecting. The problem here is that the oil will struggle with the areas that still have paint on them. It needs to be able to soak in, and the paint will stop this. There’s even a slight possibility that the oil will attack the paint, although this is unlikely. My suggestion would be to use just the WoodWax 22. Although a sealer is recommended for waxes, WoodWax 22 is one of the few waxes that can be used on bare wood. This is because it dries very quickly, meaning the wax doesn’t have time to soak into the wood (as other waxes, including Microcrystalline Wax would). It won’t give quite as good a shine without a sealer when buffed, but a second coat can be applied if needed. My caller didn’t want a bright gloss, so that’s fine.

But what about the gloss level of wax? As a general rule, when working with waxes, the more you buff them, the brighter the finish will be. A very bright finish can be achieved quite easily. A second, or even third coat will certainly increase the finish, if that’s what you want. We don’t recommend applying more than three coats, as the wax will start to get too soft; any handling will make it fingermark very easily.

Wax is very easy to maintain, usually a good buff up with bring it up will, and if more damage has been done simply apply another coat of wax, preferably with a fine abrasive. There’s not normally any need to strip back to bare wood.

So, it was a very close thing this week; you nearly ended up with a question-less Newsletter, that’s how close it came! Hopefully you found these of interest; as people always tell me, there’s always a least one little nuggets of information lurking somewhere in these ramblings.

I’ll be back next week, hopefully the questions will be rolling in this week!

Bye for now