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Can I wax an old oiled table

Post by Smeeagain » Mon Jul 21, 2014 6:04 pm

We have a seven year old dining table that is used daily. It is oak and has an oiled finish (and i getting a bit grubby) My wife hates the oiled finish and says she wants a shiny varnished one but I know she actually means a waxed one.

Can I transform an old oiled table into a waxed one? How would I go about cleaning the wood first (I'm fairly new to this) and would I need to re-oil, or seal, before waxing. What wax would be suitable/best?

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Post by tusses » Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:17 pm

it's common to wax over oil.
Cleaning with white spirit should be fine

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Post by Smeeagain » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:03 pm

tusses wrote:it's common to wax over oil.
Cleaning with white spirit should be fine
Thanks but is it common to apply wax over wood that was oiled several years ago or does that not matter?

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Re: Can I wax an old oiled table

Post by jake » Mon Jul 21, 2014 11:05 pm

Wax is a very common maintenance finish over oil. Avoid Mr Sheen and his silicone friends!

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Post by Smeeagain » Sun May 10, 2020 3:51 pm

Resurrecting this post as I never got round to doing it! But I need to do more work before I wax it. As mentioned it is oiled oak. It has a number of rings from drinks. Simple cleaning has not removed these. Im thinking of using 00 wire wool with meths or white spirit or turpentine (simply because I have all 3), and or 3500 grade wetndry paper.
Any thoughts or advice would be very much appreciated
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Post by woodsmith » Sun May 10, 2020 6:36 pm

Don't use wire wool, the steel bits that come off can react with the oak and cause black marks. Rings can be very difficult to remove as they can go deep into the timber. You could try wet and dry paper, about 120grit, which you can use soaked in a dilute finishing oil to reduce the marks.
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Post by Smeeagain » Sun May 10, 2020 7:20 pm

Thank you, yes I should have realised that with the wire wool thanks

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Post by Smeeagain » Sun May 10, 2020 10:01 pm

This may sound severe, or just daft, but Im genuinely curious, can you apply bleach to a wooden (oiled) table?

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Post by 9fingers » Sun May 10, 2020 10:25 pm

Smeeagain wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 10:01 pm
This may sound severe, or just daft, but Im genuinely curious, can you apply bleach to a wooden (oiled) table?
I'd have thought that would be a recipe for a blotchy disaster.
Asuming it is not a paper thin veneer, then sanding it back to clean wood and then use dilute pu varnish.
I use 2part oil based pu varnish, 1 part white spirit. 3 coats minimum de-nibbing between coats.

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Post by Smeeagain » Mon May 11, 2020 12:44 am

No its not veneer, it’s solid oak.

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Post by woodsmith » Mon May 11, 2020 8:20 am

You can use oxalic acid to bleach marks in timber, and it may be worth a try, but it's probably easier to make it worse than get a good finish. Marks in oak tend to disappear over time and, even if you got a random orbit sander and took a millimetre off, you couldn't guarantee that the mark wouldn't reappear once you recoated it with finish.
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Post by Smeeagain » Thu May 14, 2020 10:02 pm

Ok, got it, thank you

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