Waxing an Oak Table

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Waxing an Oak Table

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I recently gave our oak kitchen table a polish using Briwax. On the stubborn stains I used 0000 wire wool. Where I used the wool there are now patches and no matter how many times I re-apply the Briwax I cannot seem to cover. The patches never seem to darken.

Can anyone offer any advise as what was once a lovely looking table now looks a complete mess.

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Will it show up in a photo? We'd need to see both the problem area and some of the unaffected area.
http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html
 
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It looks like you sanded through any finish that was on there and the stain as well with the steel wool. I'm thinking you may need to strip the top and start over. Hang tight, others should be along shortly and may have options for you which are less drastic.
 
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Yeah, it definitely looks like you sanded the finish off. You could attempt to repair the bare spots with a matching stain but that rarely works. Probably the best option is to strip the entire surface as Mitch said. I don't think you have oak there, looks more like maple or pine.
 
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I agree! Strip the top, restain and apply 2-3 coats of poly. Looks like pine to me.
 
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Hadn't looked at the wood itself, I agree on the pine opinion which could complicate staining, as it does not typically absorb stain all that evenly and warrants a conditioner on occasion. For what it's worth, I like three coats of oil based poly on pine, no additional color from stain needed.
 
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Generally a wood conditioner isn't needed on soft wood that has had an previous finish stripped. Unless after stripping you sand off a significant amount of wood, the previous finish will act as the wood conditioner.
 
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Ah, good to know - thanks, Mark.
 
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I think their may be a misunderstanding here. I do believe Briwax has a coloring to it and I think the problem the OP is having is that the color in the Briwax didn't take to the areas that had been treated for stains.

What color was the table before the Briwax was applied?

What were those stains from?

My guess at the moment is that the stains were oil and the oil is displacing the wax. So that is why it isn't taking to those areas.
 
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While I've heard of Briwax, I've never used any. The color of Briwax may or may not be what was originally used [if that's what the existing finish is] but wood left unfinished or finished with oil base products will yellow/amber over time. I don't see any good looking fix that doesn't involve stripping the entire top and starting over.
 
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