Have you ever tried to use paste wax on a polyurethane finish?
I cleaned my new table with mineral spirits, then Howard's Restore-a-Finish and then slapped on some Butcher's paste wax for good luck. I know I put on too much wax but it still looks a little peculiar.
I'm wondering if unbeknownst to me that the table has a polyurethane finish on it but I've never tried to put paste wax on a polyurethane finish. Have you?
Did you wait for at least 24 hrs since the wax was applied? And was it a thin coat of wax?
After that time for it to dry, then buff it. You need to buff wax after it has been applied in thin layers.
Apply wax thin layer, wait 24 hrs, then buff, repeat if you want a deeper finish.
I did the same process you wrote on my dining room set in Virginia and had no issues.
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My first mistake was putting on too much wax.
Instructions on the internet say not to let the wax dry too much as it is impossible to get off.
My husband took a buffer to the table but it still has a smeared look to it.
The table is OLD. I don't know whether there was a new top put on the old base or whether the veneer was taken off the top leaving the mahogany sub-base. It was used as a conference table in a law firm in recent years. That's why I'm thinking the top may have been refinished and coated with polyurethane.
I think I'm going to have to go back to square 1 with mineral spirits and take off all the wax I just put on. But then what???
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