Step 6: Wax

man waxing and buffing the wooden stair rail with furniture wax
Photo: Webb Chappell
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After the shellac cures for about a week, use an extrafine Scotch-Brite pad to put a protective coat of a top-quality tinted furniture wax, such as Briwax, over the entire rail. Apply the wax with a circular motion, wait a few minutes for it to harden, then rub with a cloth to a glossy sheen.
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    Tools List

    • Artist's Brush
      Artist's Brush

    Shopping List

    1. Naphtha
    Cleans the old finish

    2. Denatured alcohol
    Softens old shellac and thins the new

    3. Artist's brush
    Natural bristles only

    4. Shellac flakes
    Also available premixed

    5. Cotton cloth

    6. Alcohol-soluble wood dye
    Darkens shellac to match old finish

    7. Tinted furniture wax
    Blends into crevices better than clear wax