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    Default Wax over BLO?

    I just finished my 20th coat of BLO on a new walnut Yugo M70 stock and handguards. Can/should i put paste wax over the BLO?

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    Wax over cured BLO would be fine. Give it a couple of weeks to set up hard, then apply. Else, you may keep oxygen from the oil which will keep it from setting up hard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sjohnson View Post
    Wax over cured BLO would be fine. Give it a couple of weeks to set up hard, then apply. Else, you may keep oxygen from the oil which will keep it from setting up hard.
    +1 on the above. "Drying Oils" such as Boiled Linseed Oil don't dry through evaporation. It's actually a polymerization process that requires the presence of oxygen. As the BLO polymerizes it changes from a viscous liquid to a hard solid finish. You need to let that process finish before you cover it with wax which will tend to cut off the oxygen. I'd give it at least a month, maybe more.

    BTW, avoid waxes with silicone (silicone based waxes can give you problems if you need to repair the finish in the future). I like to use carnauba or beeswax based waxes (or a mixture of the two). Carnauba is a little harder and will take a sheen (which is fine if that is the look you're going for). Beeswax is a little softer and doesn't shine as much, it tends to give you more of a satin matte finish.

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