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Question Wax removal on a refinished table

Been a while since I've done much woodworking - life got in the way.

OK, first of all, my error then compounded by another. I stripped and refinished a small drop leaf antique table. While the color turned out perfect, I grabbed a can of satin poly (Minwax) for the top coats. Dull appearing. I then waxed it using Minwax wood wax and it looked OK - kinda. Jump ahead 3-4 years and that table now has all the shine of a piece of sandpaper.

I want to remove that wax, scuff the existing top poly with Scotch-Brite or 3 or 4 ought steel wool and then recoat it with either gloss or semi-gloss poly, again, using Minwax to stay with the same product line. I've looked at various suggested internet methods of removing that wax and really don't have a good feel as they range from restripping which will not happen to using naphtha, lacquer thinner, ammonia, vinegar, automotive body shop wax and grease remover and mineral spirits to name a few. I'm of the opinion that mineral spirits (or turpentine) and lots of clean rags are the way to go.

Now, the question is, What are your opinions or methods? HELP!!!!!!!

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Dave...if the wax is on top of the poly and you plan on sanding the poly down to the wood you should be able to use a scraper (card or stanley 80 type) to remove wax and poly. Then sand and refinish accordingly. Others may have better ideas...

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I know the card scraper will work. The Mohawk Remover I don't know but Dan usually knows what he is talking about. If you don't have a card scraper get one. They are easy to sharpen and a joy to use.

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Thanks for the quick responses.

No, I don't have any intent on totally refinishing this table again, just getting a couple layers of wax off, scuffing the surface lightly then applying two or three thin coats of semi or full gloss Minwax poly. Once was enough!! If that stuff Dan suggested works, I have another antique table that has 50 years of Pledge or similar that SWMBO has put on my summer refinish list. There is even a seller nearby that may have it in stock.

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Dave...the poly remaining will need to be sanded in order to add coats. That being the case, won't sanding down into the poly get any surface contaminants off...? The wax probably did not work itself into the poly by much... I would use 320/400 and should produce a whitish dust.

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paint thinner or turps...
wash the wax off...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Dave; the Mohawk products are developed for the furniture industry. That particular product is aimed at the furniture restoration end of it.
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Thanks for the quick responses.

No, I don't have any intent on totally refinishing this table again, just getting a couple layers of wax off, scuffing the surface lightly then applying two or three thin coats of semi or full gloss Minwax poly. Once was enough!! If that stuff Dan suggested works, I have another antique table that has 50 years of Pledge or similar that SWMBO has put on my summer refinish list. There is even a seller nearby that may have it in stock.
That table with 50 years of Pledge on it is going to be a whole different kettle of fish. Wax will come off with solvents without too much trouble, but silicone polish can be a nightmare for furniture restorers I hear.
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That table with 50 years of Pledge on it is going to be a whole different kettle of fish. Wax will come off with solvents without too much trouble, but silicone polish can be a nightmare for furniture restorers I hear.
Silicone build up is possible to remove with mineral spirits or1 part water to 1 part vinegar... Use a soft, lint free cloth to apply the mineral spirits or vinegar solution. Dry thoroughly w/ a clean cloth and repeat often... for heavy build ups or where the wax and silicone has been applied in alternate layers use a wetted non woven pad.. the finer the better...
for the real nutszoid mess you may have to advance to ammonia...

Make circular motions on the woodwork and apply pressure on stubborn areas of heavy build-up... You should see the waxy residue begin to loosen and stick to the pad. When the wool becomes caked with polish, simply take another clean pad with a small amount of fresh cleaning agent and continue rubbing using the circular motion....

Repeat this process until the wool has very little polish build-up showing while making sure you cover the entire surface area of the wood without missing any spaces to help shift the silicone lubricant. Once this removal process is complete, wipe the wood surfaces with a damp cloth to remove any trace of the cleaning agent. Dry with a clean cloth and leave for a few minutes to ensure the wood dries completely.

Before you start the removal process, it is important to make sure that the furniture is free from dirt. To do this, wipe furniture gently with a TSP dampened lint-free cloth over the entire surface making sure all of it is cleaned. Once the dirt is removed, wipe again with another clean and dry lint-free cloth to remove any residue and to make sure it's clean...

How to Get Rid of Furniture Polish Buildup | Home Guides | SF Gate
How To Remove Wax Buildup From Furniture EASILY

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