I have a piece of walnut I finished with Danish oil then poly. After it cured I sanded it with high grit sandpaper then applied a small amount of wax and polished. I did the whole process on the bottom of the piece in order to test the finish. I didn't have any issues so I followed the same steps on the top. This time, however, it seems the wood grain was still somewhat exposed somehow and bits of wax remained in the grain. The white spots in the pictures are bits of wax.
I have tried many ways to remove the wax -
- Wiping/scrubbing with mineral spirits on cotton cloth, shop towel
- Sanding with high grit sandpaper and mineral spirits
- Wiping/scrubbing with naptha on cotton cloth, shop towel
- Using a blow dryer to heat the wax and wipe away
None of these solutions really seemed to work. The most effective one seemed to be naptha, but it still could not remove all of the wax.
I have read that sanding this down to re-finish could actually worsen the issue because it will melt the wax into the wood?
Any ideas on how to resolve this issue?