The easiest way to remove old wax finishes is to use a Wax and Polish Remover on an abrasive finishing pad. You'll need clean rags to wipe of the dissolved wax. It can then be re-waxed, oiled or varnished. If looking to varnish or paint the table top, it's imperative that all of the old wax is removed and may require several treatments with the wax and polish remover. After each application dampen the table top with water. If there are any areas where the water does not dampen the wood or beads on the surface, treat with the wax and polish remover again until it does.
If this is a bare wood table top we recommend sticking with the manufacturer,s guide of 2 coats. Hard Wax Oils work by penetrating into the surface of the wood and hardening in the wood grain to provide a tough, durable, liquid resistant finish. Applying 3 or 4 coats may result in a build up of wax on the surface of the table top that can be easily marked, scuffed or scratched.
There are many wood oils that can be used on table tops but for the best durability and longevity, we recommend 'Hard Wax Oils' such as Manns Premier Top Oil or Osmo Top Oil. Hard wax Oils are quick and easy to apply, maintain and repair. Clear oils tend to draw out the natural coloration of the timber which with Pine, can be a can be a yellowy brown or orangey brown colour. To retain the 'freshly sanded' look, we recommend using Fiddes Hard Wax Oil Natural or Osmo Polyx Oil Raw (3044). These variations of Hard Wax Oil are formulated to counter the natural orange / yellow colouration that clear oils and varnishes can produce, to retain a more natural, unfinished appearance.
This can depend on the colour and type of finish desired. If a varnished finish is required, the table top can be stained with a water or solvent-based wood stain then over-coated with a highly durable wood varnish. If an oil finish is preferred, there is the option of staining the table with a wood stain first then over-coating with a clear wood oil. Alternatively, there are a range of wood oil tints that colour and seal the table top in one process.
This depends on whether durability or ease of maintenance is the top priority. Varnish is the more durable option but requires a longer maintenance period when it becomes damaged or worn. Old varnish coatings need to be sanded or stripped off before applying fresh coats. Wood oils such as Fiddes Hard Wax Oil and Osmo Polyx Oil are very durable, long lasting, easy to maintain and restore without having to strip off the old finish first. Simply clean the table top with a dedicated Ph balanced wood cleaner and apply a fresh coat of oil.
The most durable varnish we currently offer is Sadolin PV67 Heavy Duty Varnish. Normally used for commercial flooring, this product can be used on bar tops and table tops.It is extremely smelly and must be applied in a well ventilated environment, carefully following the manufacturer's instructions at all times.