Distributors of fine wood finishing products

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TRG Products — 1.800.3BRIWAX
(1.800.327.4929)
NEW Fax: 770.420.9532 NEW
email: thebriwaxguy@gmail.com
P.O. Box 670662 - Marietta, GA 30066

Sanding Before Using Briwax



Briwax loves a rough surface. The beeswax in Briwax really likes to fill in all the pores, cracks and scratches on the surface of furniture, wood floors, ceramics, painted pieces, metals, plaster walls - almost any surface that is suitable for a wax finish.

Therefore, sanding any of these surfaces too much (getting them as smooth as glass) will not give Briwax anything to hold onto to. Think of trying to wax a glass surface…the wax will just move around on the surface, there is nothing to hold the wax in place.

The illustration below will give you a good idea of the surface finish associated with various grits of sandpaper.



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A sanded surface is really nothing more than progressively finer and more numerous scratches. After sanding to about 180 grit, the human eye cannot detect the fine scratches. This is perfect for almost any surface, prior to finishing.

(The finer grits, 220-400, are primarily used for rubbing out a cured varnish and eliminating any dust nibs caught in the varnish.)

CATEGORY


Fine - Medium Fine



GRIT NO.

220
180
150
120

USE


Finish Sanding Before Staining

0 GRADE

6/0
5/0
4/0
3/0


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Medium

GRIT NO.

100
80
60

USE

Removing Rough
Texture

0 GRADE

2/0
1/0
1/2


The number identification or grit number is located on the back of the sandpaper sheet.



If you looked at a cross-section of your wood under a microscope, the top surface would look much like this:

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The surface of the wood looks much like "peaks" and "valleys".  In order to achieve a sheen with Briwax, you must first fill the pores and the "valleys" with Briwax.

On soft woods, such as pine, the pores of the wood are large. Generally three or four applications of Briwax are necessary to completely fill the pores and develop a beautiful hand rubbed luster on raw pine.

Pine that has already been stained or finished will develop a sheen more quickly. The pores and valleys are already filled.

On hard woods -- maple, birch, etc. -- the pores are quite small. The hand rubbed luster can easily be achieved with one or two applications of Briwax.

Remember these key elements in applying Briwax:

  • Use Briwax sparingly -- a little goes a long way
  • Always buff after each application of Briwax
  • If the wax smudges, you've used too much Briwax, simply apply more and spread it much further.


Questions about how much Briwax will cover? Read Coverage of Briwax to help you calculate how much Briwax you will need for your project.

TRG Products — 1.800.327.4929
NEW Fax: 770.420.9532 NEW
email: thebriwaxguy@gmail.com
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