I'll preface this by saying that I don't know much about wood finishes but I was hoping to get some help to recover what I've done sor far...
I got a butcher block style countertop slab to use as a desk top (this one). I added a couple coats of hardwax oil and let it dry for a few days in between but I don't really like how shiny it made the wood, also seems to give it a bit more of a yellow tint. So I started to sand it down, I'm at 400 grit and I really like the look and feel of the wood, what would be the best way to "keep it as is" but still seal it?
I remember reading that for a matte finish with hardwax you need to wipe it pretty agressivly 30~60 minutes after applying the harwax coat? Would that actually work? I've also seen that if you start with an oil finish you should only use similar types of finishes subsequently? Is that true? Am I locked in using oil based finishes? Even after sanding out a fair amount?
And finally, what would be the best type of finish to stay as true as possible to the un-finished wood from a look and feel perspective? Something matte? Maybe a water based finish would be a better option?