Sanding Before Using Briwax
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.
(The finer grits, 220-400, are primarily used for rubbing out a cured varnish and eliminating any dust nibs caught in the varnish.)
Fine - Medium Fine
Finish Sanding Before Staining
The number identification or grit number is located on the back of the sandpaper sheet.
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.